Dear Virginia, The Nation is Counting on Us. Let’s Not Blow It.

Dear Virginia- It’s almost here: election day. On Tuesday we’ll be picking city officials and all state officers. Most eyes, however, are on a single race: Governor. Democrat Ralph Northam v. Republican Ed Gillespie. The last polls have the race tied. But this election is about more than Virginia. Ralph Northam is the best candidate toContinue reading “Dear Virginia, The Nation is Counting on Us. Let’s Not Blow It.”

Lincoln…The Know-Nothings…Trump

There is an old Trump Tweet for everything these days.  Twitter users share those archived messages with glee each week. I’m proposing a corollary: There is an old Lincoln quote for everything these days. Consider this one, written to his best friend Joseph Speed in the early 1850s. This was inked as a private citizen,Continue reading “Lincoln…The Know-Nothings…Trump”

Becoming the Guy Who Yells At the Small Town Newspaper

We won’t move to our new house in Winchester for another week—but I’ve already written my first grumpy message to the editor of the local flagship newspaper. Lord help me. I read my soon-to-be-hometown paper for the first time and, lo and behold, 4 of the 5 editorial pieces are slamming gay people. Are you kidding me?Continue reading “Becoming the Guy Who Yells At the Small Town Newspaper”

Let’s Do This Already; I’m Getting Exhausted

Have you seen Abraham Lincoln/Illinois Outline/Marriage Equality pictures on Facebook recently? That’s because the Illinois General Assembly holds its first “veto session” next week: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday (Oct. 22-24). That means we have yet another chance to finally allow same-sex couples to marry. You’ll likely be hearing a lot about this in the next fewContinue reading “Let’s Do This Already; I’m Getting Exhausted”

I Want Grandma to Be There

Six thousand Americans will die today.  Many will be seniors who suffer a stroke, end their battle with cancer, or drift away peacefully after a long decline.  Others are younger and will go suddenly–in a car accident or after slipping on a banana peel on the top of a subway stairwell. Life is unpredictable.  LiveContinue reading “I Want Grandma to Be There”

History Will Remember

The Minnesota legislature is having the same debate as Illinois regarding gay marriage.  One former Republican state representative in the state gave a powerful testimony on the issue.  She was emotional while explaining how her 2002 vote against equality was something she has regretting ever since.  Take two minutes to listen (and maybe send alongContinue reading “History Will Remember”

Weasels

Earlier this week a GOP State Representative from the Naperville-Wheaton area, Jeanne Ives, said this in a radio interview with the Catholic Conference of Illinois: “ It’s a completely disordered relationship and when you have a disordered relationship, you don’t ever get order out of that. So I’m more than happy to take a ‘no’Continue reading “Weasels”