Monthly Archives: October 2011

Spotlight on: Chicago Lawn Portal

Over the past several years, hyperlocal web sites, news sites and blogs have populated the web at an exceedingly fast rate. Many people will say sustaining hyperlocal media is impossible. I say it’s necessary.

Everyone wants their voice to be heard, and why shouldn’t they? It’s often the people on the ground–those in the neighborhoods and those active in their communities–who have the most to say, but often don’t have the resources.

So check out the Chicago Lawn Portal, which is part of the Southwest Smart Communities Initiative, a collaboration among Chicago Lawn, Auburn Gresham, and Englewood. Learn more about how we are Digitally and Socially Linking our Communities.

And if nothing else consider this:
Chicago’s neighborhoods have always been this city’s greatest strength.
[Jane Byrne]

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Weekend in photos

Hey, Chinatown.

Anyone have any suggestions for some delish restaurants to try in this culturally detailed Asian neighborhood?

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Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! Woo! It’s no secret that shelters all across the country are struggling to place their animals in loving homes. If you’re thinking about adopting, do it. Start the holidays off right with a new member of the family. If you’re not in a position to adopt, consider becoming a foster parent, donating money or volunteering. Or consider donating one of these awesome designer dog beds, courtesy of P.L.A.Y., based out of San Francisco. If I could, I would adopt a friend for Frasier in a heartbeat. Or two.

And to really get into the mood, read this touching story about a puppy in Afghanistan being adopted by a American soldier and moving to suburban Chicago (Downers Grove!). More pictures here.

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Weekend in photos

Not having to work on Columbus Day wasn’t something I expected when I started working, but I’m not complaining. So thanks to my much appreciated three-day weekend, I was able to enjoy three days of pet sitting back in Madison (who would have ever thought I’d miss that place?).

I’ve always considered myself a “big dog” kind of person, and after this weekend I think that’s probably still true (shout out to Frasier), but these four wonderful little pups were more than cute, and followed me around everywhere I went: the true mark of a loyal pooch.

Doris trying to sneak my sandwich.

Izzy enjoying life in the park.

Percy, half dog/half stuffed animal.

Rufus sunning himself.

And a few more:

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Thank you, Apple

I’ll admit, I could be far more adept when it comes to the world of technology. I take for granted the tools I use every day, most especially my MacBook and my iPhone. Without them, the way in which I live my life would truly be different. I would be a little less connected to the world around me and a lot less connected to the ones I love the most. I echo those around me when I say that the world has truly lost one of its most innovative voices.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Reader memories of Steve Jobs
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