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Poultry Slam, Part One: Chicken Came First

Nov 22, 2017

On this Thanksgiving, we revisit two Perspectives from our archives in which the authors debate an age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Dan Libman threw down the gauntlet with this essay from Feb. 6, 2015. It was swiftly followed by a rebuttal from Reed Scherer, which we include at the bottom of this post. Enjoy this Poultry Slam!

Want to know which came first, the chicken or the egg? I’ll tell you because I know. This is not a trick to keep you listening, I actually do have the answer.

Giving Thanks Every Day

Nov 22, 2017

Every day is Thanksgiving. Every day I have a warm house, food on my table and work that covers the expense of daily life is Thanksgiving. Every day my children and their children thrive is Thanksgiving. Every day I breathe clean air, drink clean water and gaze upon our wonderful world is Thanksgiving.

Every day, gratitude is the air I breathe in and Thanksgiving is the air I breathe out. Every day, even when life is touched by bitterness or feels too hard, is Thanksgiving.

I am grateful for sorrow, so I may practice joy.

What Should The Day After Mean?

Nov 21, 2017

A couple of Thanksgivings ago -- driving back to the western suburbs from Chicago -- I got caught in a major traffic backup on I-88. My first thought was how awful that someone had been in an accident on this day of family gatherings.

But as we inched along, finally getting close to our exit at Farnsworth, we realized we were trapped in the Black Friday mob lining up for the midnight opening of the outlet mall. Then I got really annoyed.

We Must Understand Our Oppression

Nov 20, 2017

In 1977, the great British punk band The Clash released one of their most blistering protest – rather, call-to-action -- songs, “White Riot,” with lyrics like:

Black people gotta lot a problems

But they don’t mind throwing a brick

White people go to school

Where they teach you how to be thick…

White riot – I want to riot

White riot – a riot of my own

Why Is That A Reason To Oppose?

Nov 17, 2017

Sometimes, while reading a news story, a single phrase will appear to jump out at me, essentially telling me all I really need to know.

That was the case recently, when a proposal to build a senior housing complex was strongly opposed.  The audience groaned when they learned that the vast majority of occupants would be "low income."

As someone who definitely qualifies as “low income,” and for whom home ownership is an abandoned dream, I'd like to offer these thoughts: