Mother’s Day- A Tribute to Birth Mothers and Stepmothers

Mother’s Day Guest post by Paul James McAllister             My mother, Edythe (Bergstrom) McAlllister,  died in July of 1950, two months before I started first grade at St. Sabina’s grammar school in Chicago. She died from a blood clot after a gall bladder operation. I was devastated. My brother, Danny, …

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The Outsiders: An Inspirational Book to a Student Teacher

Ever read a book that changed the way you viewed lif? The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton was that book when I was a college student in 1967. I was ready to start student teaching in a school set in a culturally deprived neighborhood. The prospect of assuming responsibility for 42 …

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Garbio: Seven Godly Lessons from the Dutch Mafia

  – By Cleo Lampos Garbio.  That’s the name they gave to the Dutchmen who hauledChicago’s refuse to the dumps at the beginning of the 1900’s.  Over a century ago, immigrants from Holland gravitated to the lowly job of garbage collector.  Through diligent work, Garbio transformed trash removal into the …

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Another Day, Another Challenge

                        Another Day, Another Challenge                         By Marjorie Strebe, Guest Blogger               Preparing for Michelle’s first day at a new school, I attempted to inform the staff how my little first grader faked illness or injury for attention, but they cut me off.             “Mrs. Strebe, how many children …

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