Monday, October 2, 2017

Thursday: FREE Dental Care for Veterans at Skokie Public Library

This just in...

Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile, a 42-foot-long dental office on wheels, will stop in Skokie on Thursday, October 5 to provide free care to local veterans as part of its 30-stop cross-country tour.

Dentists and their teams from area Aspen Dental practices are volunteering their services at the event. Aspen Dental is working with Got Your 6 nationally to identify interested veterans and schedule their appointments.

The MouthMobile is part of Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement. Through the program, dentists and their teams from Aspen Dental practices have provided free care to 17,000+ veterans over the past four years.

WHAT: Free dental care to dozens of local vets
Details: Vets must schedule appointment in advanceContact Stefani Alexander at 202-263-2588.

WHEN: 9 am -3 pm Thursday, October 5

Where: Skokie Public Library
5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077

WHY: Nearly 150 million Americans - just over half the adult population in the U.S. - didn’t go to the dentist last year, and millions more live in communities where there is little or no access to care. This is an especially challenging issue for many veterans who do not receive dental benefits through the Veterans Administration unless they are 100 percent disabled, have a service-related mouth injury or were a prisoner of war.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Met performance and creativity coach Marta Lettofsky at Women Belong

Marta offers free monthly Inner Artist workshops on Chicago's north side. They include guided journaling, small group discussion and the chance to look at the fears and obstacles that show up around ones art.

“Performance anxiety, writer's block, dealing with rejections are just some of the very normal reactions to a life in the arts. Turning in toward those sticky places, with safety and support, will bring more clarity, confidence, courage and creativity to your work and life,” says Marta.

Details about Marta and her June 25 workshop is at

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Women Belong is a new organization for women (by birth or identity) dedicated to supporting their business and personal development.

Lunch at 90 Mile Cafe in Lincolnwood was my first time attending one of their luncheons. Seeing some familiar faces there--like Angela Valavanis', Jennifer Guth's, Tazima Davis', Sharan Tash's and Nancy Benjamin's--was nice. The formal and informal networking was time well spent, very useful. Conversations got deep in the line to the buffet when we got talking about being LGBTQ and how family members and colleagues adjust, or not, to their loved ones or friends coming out.

One of my tag lines for this group is "Come as you are. Cussing accepted." Another one: Women Who Get Shit Done." The laundry hanging in the hall on the way to the restrooms seemed appropriate for this group, especially the bra.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tea with Jan Schakowsky

When we fight, we win! -- Jan Schakowsky


Enjoyed witnessing the exchange between neighbors who are honing their community activist skills and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky--one who has been working it as least as long as we've had expiration dates on our food--at neighbor Janice Page's home.

Discussion included running for local office, Morton Grove's pending welcoming community ordinance, minimum wage opt-out ordinance(s), politics in among our representatives and senators in Congress and likelihood of impeachment. 

Participants included Kim Moldofsky, Janice Kantro Page, Laura Frisch, Elizabeth Jones, Tammy Astor, Shabnam Syed, Margaret Grau, Jill Alali, Anjum Ali, Sharon Maitino, Ruth Goldman Helgemo, Janice Cha, Mari Blechman Plotnik and others.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Making conversation with family and strangers

Killian Kring, my oldest nephew,
graduated from UIC this month.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

~ Ferris Bueller

A new friend of mine just said “May is crazier than Christmas”. I’m feeling that too: Graduations, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, Mother’s Day, birthdays, oy.

If you have trouble making conversation at family events, here’s some conversation starters. Consider putting them in a handy place on your mobile device to consult with when you get stuck. These are meant to be light questions, but can get heavy in a hurry, so if you’re not in the mood to get to deep, choose wisely.

Who would you invite to your ultimate dinner party, living or not?

What do you do for fun?

What was the happiest moment of your life?

What are some of the best lessons you’re ever learned?

What kind of a student were you?

Who was your favorite teacher?
Favorite topics?

Who has been the kindest to you?

What is your earliest memory?

Do you believe in love at first sight?

What are you proudest of?

Who are your best friends?

Who are your favorite relatives?

Have you ever experienced a miracles?

How would you like to be remembered?

If you weren't doing what you're doing now for a living, what else might you be doing?

When you meet God, what do you want to say to Him/Her?

The above questions are inspired by StoryCorps’ Great Questions.

The following are all mine. Two of my go-to “cocktail party” questions are these: 1) Have you ever been arrest? 2) Imagine that you’ve just spent the night with someone special, exchanged all kinds of bodily fluids, would you use their toothbrush in the morning?

Got any of your own questions you like asking? I'd love to hear them.