A New Door

Today,  I entered a new door. I moved into Jesus People USA,  aka Hippies for Jesus. It’s community style living where the residents serve the poor and homeless in Uptown, Chicago, of which I am one of them. It’s where I’ll be staying until whatever door opens next. Julie Andrews, the housing director, let me into my new home. Make […]

Unsafe at Home

  Imagine you sent your only child eight thousand miles away to go to school in Chicago. Not a suburb, but Chicago,  the murder capital of America with shootings heard around the world. You trust your child at a faith based school, spending as much as $40,000 a year to live and study there. And this is the only thing […]

Guide to Unexpected Teen Pregnancy

Peeing. Taking a whiz. Draining one’s dragon. Going to the can. Nothing can give more relief than finding a sparkling clean toilet seat at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. But as much as peeing can make car passengers feel good, peeing on a pregnancy stick can bring fear and stress to the typical teen. Strolling down that […]

Ginger Sinsabaugh MacDonald

 Ginger Sinsabaugh MacDonald I grew up in a small farm town in Southwestern Michigan that had more cows than people. After college,  I moved to Chicago and worked at an ad agency with more employees than my home town had cows .I lived with him in a small studio apartment with a foam rubber Buddha until he was reincarnated into throw […]

Every 7 Seconds: teen thoughts on sex

While being a classroom teacher in China,  I kept in mind that every seven seconds, those boys were not thinking about English grammar but scantily dressed Victoria Secret models. Honestly, how could a power point presentation on diphthongs possible compete with  butt thongs? But that popular seven second stat has about as much validity as Big Foot. According to an […]

Rewind. Reflect. Make Friction.

I remember the day vividly in 1999. It was pre-Y2K,  pre-iPhone,  pre-Tim Bartman getting blamed for the Cubs Play-off-Flub and there still two tall twin buildings standing in New York.  A group of us were sitting in a small room at Solheim Center, the swank sports complex associated with Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. The meeting was with Larry the […]