Cousins were in from out of town, and my sister-in-law, despite having a broken ankle, decided that taking them to a Cubs game was the thing to do. More
From the perspective of the Chickaming Community Garden, which Mr C and I customarily visit on the Fourth of July, I took stock of the nation, the part of it I know best—Chicago and Illinois—particularly. For the first time ever I felt disillusioned—I let the holiday slip past unobserved—whereas I usually feel some optimism or pride. For the moment, our society is not resurgent but in decline. More
Bind up the wounds of all who suffer from gun violence, those left alone & grieving, those who risk their lives as they rush to our aid, & those who have died this week in Chicago, including Arshell (19), Abner (23), Anthony (21), Ladrell (24), Alfonso (31), Antoine (31), Yanong (27), Louis (30), Johnathan (17), Johnny (27), David (22), Winston (50), Dontae (30), Stephan (22), Jamie (22), Cortez (25), Demarco (32), Julius (18), Andre (23), Anthony (44), Erik (27), John (28), Cory (28), Denzell (24), Ireal (22), Michael (61), William (25), and Lee (43). Give us power to rise above our fear that nothing can be done and grant us the conviction to be advocates for change.
A prayer for mercy, in a Chicago church.
I have a new favorite trail in the park, which I have dubbed the golf-course trail. It isn’t new, but the newly installed prairie walk at the north end of the Marovitz golf course makes the old secluded trail, which runs between the golf course and the Lake, easier to discover. More
From my bus stop at night, I can see the work going forward on the site of the old Jewel at Clark and Division. It was a large store, right next to the el, with a very large surface parking lot. A few months back, the building was demolished, and now the entire site is being redeveloped. It is valuable real estate, in a high density neighborhood. No doubt the new grocery store will be larger, and there will be a parking deck of some kind; and more use will be crammed on to the site, wrapped within a taller building. More