Houseguest

We had an uninvited house guest over for two nights. I’m not sure what time he came by Wednesday evening but at 10 pm Rain told me they’d been hanging out for a bit. He was sitting in the hallway by the front door, on the corner of the window. He snuck behind the shade…

Seven Sashes (Postcards From The Streets)

I’m riding with new friends from my new home, Chicago, to Minneapolis. It’s late afternoon and the road trip conversations keep coming back to the ways we have been treated during our lives as women. It’s not often that your second conversation with someone includes stories about abusive relationships and rape. But this is 1987…

Je Suis Internationalist

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Truck Driver At Work (but random man can stop and question him)

“If I was white, be honest, you wouldn’t have stopped me.” Dear Wypipo, Black people do not have to explain to you what they’re doing or show you ID on demand. You have no right to stop us, detain us, make demands from us, who the hamburger are you?pic.twitter.com/G1z0WkqUBS — Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) November…

Speaking / Standing

Lately I have been receiving “tests” from the universe about my in/ability to stand up for myself with the ferocity that I have been able to unleash as an activist for others. My ex-husband and two best friends have been my models in doing this correctly, even though they each are very different in the…

Blessed Are The Meek (and the ducklings)

I come right back, the squeaking bucket of duck babies in hand. I don’t want to let them out near the street, even though as I walk up, the mama lands next to the manhole cover trying to get to the other babies still below the street, swimming in sewer water. As I walk down the ramp from the street leading towards the bank of the river, I see her circling overhead several times, but she will not come near me to land.

Write For Yourself

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” [The New Statesman, February 25, 1933] Cyril Connolly

It’s No Coincidence

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Letter to Chicago Motor Club / AAA

Dear AAA; I am writing to let you know of an extremely dangerous tow truck driver that towed my car. On Tuesday 12/18/18 I called AAA roadside assistance to tow my car from 43rd St in Chicago. When the first tow truck from Lucky’s Auto arrived, I noted that it was leaking antifreeze; when I…

just like you

i was just like you a fat little curly top baby blue eyes that confused my family and made uncle bugs pretty sure I was blind i was just like you. when my big sister started kindergarten, mom went back to work; while she was at peggy ann doll clothes factory, and my dad at…

Late August Mama Meltdown

Sun, Aug 19, 2018 Hi, Sis. I am working on finishing Bubbles Camp, planning for Grace House in September, and planning for the new Catholic elementary school position in September. The later requires gobs of paperwork — might be even more than Chicago Public Schools — and a 3 hr training on Working In Catholic…