“I hope you never have to feel like I felt this weekend”

“I hope you never have to feel like I felt this weekend”

There’s a song by a band called Five for Fighting called “Superman”, which has the lyrics “And it’s not easy to be me”. This statement is accurate on a normal day. (You remember a normal day, don’t you?)  Now imagine what it feels like to be me these days. Some...
Behind the Barrier: Racial Trauma

Behind the Barrier: Racial Trauma

Our more intimate viewing and understanding of police brutality and inequality may be more widespread today, but our knowledge of this occurring is not new. And our opportunities to make change and educate ourselves are not novel either. Just as love is always a...
Love doesn’t need a name, just a destination

Love doesn’t need a name, just a destination

Funny, I thought my childhood was normal… drug dealers as friendly neighbors who would come drink with my uncles as we sat on the front porch; gang-bangers were either your best friends or the kids you didn’t know and ran from; playing strikeout on the...
Love in Action: Nurse Jackie

Love in Action: Nurse Jackie

Hand sanitizer for 15 seconds. Gown. Booties. Hand sanitizer again. N95 mask and seal check. Surgical mask, secured with bobby pins to keep it tight. Hair net over my slicked back military bun. Face shield. First pair of gloves. Second pair of gloves. Ready.  ...
Behind the Barrier: Social Isolation and Trauma during COVID-19

Behind the Barrier: Social Isolation and Trauma during COVID-19

Trauma is an automatic protective response to an event (or a series of events) that it perceives as potentially dangerous (Menakem 2017), a natural response to often unnatural events — such as rape, gun violence, war, racist acts, poverty, and abuse. Trauma leaves...
Behind the Barrier: Access to Water

Behind the Barrier: Access to Water

Fund the frontlines Water is a necessity for survival for all living beings, but all across the world is it is inaccessible or contaminated for many populations. Even within our own city of Chicago, this is an issue. Homes within Chicago, especially in the poorest zip...