Chicago — a view over time

Discovery in attic: long-hidden letters & diaries

Standing under naked beams in the attic’s dim light, we discovered a large box labelled in my mother’s neat printing: “Lil and Fred’s Letters and Diaries.” I ripped off the packing tape and folded back four cardboard flaps. A misty spray of dust and the odor of old paper wafted up....

When anger transforms to mental illness

Grandma K was delusional, depressed, and vicious just months before my parents were to be married. Was it mere coincidence? Or did...

“Would you panic if a Negro moved next door?” Sat. Evening Post

In July 1962, a few months after I graduated from grade school and one year before the first black family moved onto our block, The Saturday Evening Post, a venerable magazine of the time, ran an article entitled, "Confessions of a Blockbuster." I highly recommend it to understand how insidious racist lending policies, exploited by real estate predators, undermined the housing dreams of both black and white families.

Race and change in 1960’s West Side Chicago

Well, the mystery of who bought the Young-Parker house has been solved. As more or less expected, the colored moved...

Birthing a book with She Writes Press

The good news is that my book will be published next April-2018. Hooray!! The bad news is – getting a...

Mental Health Month – My Family’s Trial with Mental Illness

It’s Mental Health Month, so I’m going to tell you of my family’s experience with mental illness, starting in the...

Chicago’s Riverview Park and the Racist Dunk Tank

Chicago’s iconic Riverview Amusement Park closed fifty years ago, in 1967. Riverview was a place of carnies and pink spun...

Valentine-Be Mine across the century

Happy Valentine’s Day to all.  History.com writes that 85% of Valentine’s Cards are sent by women! That makes this sweet little card...

Perfect Valentine gal to commitment-reluctant guy

An adorable Valentine for a gal to send! (Scroll down to see entire card) Lil was already madly in love...

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