The Chicago murder rate is tired and wants some time off

Hey, boss. Thanks for seeing me. No, I don't mind if you eat your lunch while I talk. Is that from downstairs? It smells good. Anyway, I have a personal request. I hope it's okay. I was wondering if I could take the end of the year off. Like a sabbatical. I have some vacation … Continue reading The Chicago murder rate is tired and wants some time off

The news is awful, so I’m wearing pink

I woke up this morning with a headache. I don't know why. I went to bed relatively early. I had not been drinking. Perhaps my head had already intuited that the cycle of horrible news followed by terrible news followed by awful news would not be broken today. I woke up to news of police … Continue reading The news is awful, so I’m wearing pink

Pregnant woman shot and killed after racial confrontation

Trayvon Martin was lucky. At least he caught national attention. At least people were outraged at his killing. But he is not the only shooting victim in this country. Far from it. Consider, for example, a couple of people in Kansas shot for walking down the sidewalk. The man was shot multiple times for that … Continue reading Pregnant woman shot and killed after racial confrontation

20 things to do on warm nights in Chicago besides shoot people

Last night was a beautiful warm night in Chicago. My husband and I took advantage of the warm weather to sit on our back porch, drink beer, stare at our phones and talk about electronic content management solutions. (You thought we were pretty cool until I got to those last two items, didn't you?) A … Continue reading 20 things to do on warm nights in Chicago besides shoot people

Why I Made a List of Shooting Victims

I started this blog as an alternative to making a list of "40 things to do before I'm 40."  I decided instead to make a list for each of the 40 weeks until I turned 40 on any subject other than that. I had a few ideas for lists but hoped that enough inspiration would … Continue reading Why I Made a List of Shooting Victims