Our family strives to live life deep in socio-economic blended community as a wholistic model of American Dream prosperity. The untempered "normative" Western cultural models of continuous "up, more & go" have become shallow and exhausting to us. Plus, these lifestyle patterns have fostered community models that rarely allow time or space to do everyday life on a person's home dirt with people not just like themselves.


This creative space is where we tell our stories, share experiences and hopefully craft new ideas of mutuality through others input. We want to nurture dialogue and deeper thought around the "lived experiences" of others... "others" not just like us.

May we all be encouraged to think deep, dream creatively big

and choose to live different for the common good!

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My Chi Mama Gratitude

My college daughter is home for Thanksgiving break and we had a delightful breakfast catch-up at Chicago’s Soho House. The Soho was her choice and both their food and coffee were amazing, as they are in many places across our wonderful city. I truly believe we are The Best Food City in this country, both in cuisine variety and price diversity… we have great cheap eats and high end gourmet fare. And, my family loves it all! I am most grateful for this food industry. It has provided many cultural and community experiences for my family, and unleashed some incredible creativity in my gal. She has been inspired in experimental baking, nurtured as a good cook and her amazing food scene creativity

Target Bigbox Solidarity... Standing With My Southside Neighbors and Against Systemic Economic Injus

I love Target. Their original Chicago flagship store is close to my home and it allows me to make one shopping trip for multiple life-sustaining items... a mama's dream experience in this day and age of constant going. As well, I also adore their design-forward Project 62 line and other well designed household products at affordable prices for everyday people. However, my Target love dwindled this past week with their recent corporate decision to close some of their Chicago South Side stores. A friend asked me to attend a meeting with her, hosted by her South side congressman. She was extremely upset by this closing announcement. So, in good mama friend solidarity, I attended the meeting to

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