Hello Animal Lovers

I know this is a difficult time for many of us; it may seem like it’s crazy to ask. The reason I’m reaching out is because Friendship Pet Food Pantry would like you to simply tag us in a post and send this along to anyone else who might do the same. We’re doing this in conjunction with National Dog Day, which was Wednesday, August 26. We also happily provide food and litter to close to 200 cats a month.

Vet Clinics and other businesses haven’t been able to run pet food drives, events where we volunteer in order to raise funds are cancelled. Yet the need grows. The number of pets we’re providing food for has grown over 20 percent since March. 

A simple tag and sending this along to others or posting on Facebook and Instagram is all we’re asking. Donations are always welcome, as well.

– Dara Salk
Friendship Pet Food Pantry
on Facebook: Friendship Pet Food Pantry

Random Acts of Crochet Kindness

Recently on one of my almost daily walks with my husband in the neighborhood, we spotted a little surprise on the way back just as we reached our building. Perched on a low windowsill was a rainbow-colored crocheted frog, with a tiny note attached. The note read “I am not lost, just all alone…if I made you smile, please take me home!” I remembered seeing something online about small crocheted creatures being left for people to find, so I took it home. In fact, the note instructed me to go online and say thank you on the Facebook page of a group called “Random Acts of Crochet Kindness.”

On their page I learned that people all over the world are doing the same thing: creating small, cute crocheted items such as bees, butterflies, and flowers, and leaving them for others to find. Sometimes they are left in nature, such as hanging from trees on a scenic walk, or they are left in urban areas. The fact that this is a global phenomenon amazed me and made me thankful for the small acts people are doing to make a happier world. Indeed, the little frog makes me smile everyday!

Facebook Page of Random Acts of Crochet Kindness

By Janice Katz

Bad Hair

In the era of YouTube celebrity, a lot of people have a lot to say about cutting hair, styling hair, coloring hair for people, dogs, Barbie dolls… And yet so many of us really have no clue. (For the record, not all of the YouTubers do either.) But the difference is that they’re willing to take that leap onto the world wide internets and fake it ‘til they make it. That’s something we’re all going to need to do as long as hair needs to be cut, and it’s a huge risk to go to your favorite salon or barber shop.

What does NPR have to say about it?

Some really bad haircuts

Women with Bobs

Women with Short Hair

Men with Clippers

My Block, My Hood, My City

For Jahmal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, struggle is nothing new. Long ago he learned how to pull himself out of any dark space: serving others. In his new book, Cole explores the power of building community and helping your neighbors — and lets you know how easy it is to get started. 

This month, Block Club is joining Cole in asking this question: “What’s something simple I can do that will have a positive impact on my block?” Do you see a need you can fulfill on your block? Do you have an idea for a project that would improve the block for your family and your neighbors? 

Submit your ideas here by December 31. Then, the My Block, My Hood, My City team will give out $25,000 in grants so dozens of you can put your vision into action. Looking for inspiration? You can buy Jahmal’s book here or check out incredible community service projects from his organization here.


“Memories of an Apple Tree” by Steve Borzcik
Click here to buy this art.

Bridging the days and years.

The games we play and the toys we enjoy are helpful as we move through the years. In my childhood years I lived in a small village with many pastures and trees. My home had a grove of trees in a small cluster. My brothers and I made the grove into rooms. The rooms changed depending on the story of the day. One brother wanted to be a cowboy so we often lived in the old west. Some days we lived in the world of knights and kings. We took good care of our homes. Gathering sticks and stones to build furniture and utensils and chasing away the bad people, we cared for our imaginary children. The hot days of summer were filled with our imaginary tales.

Our parents were happy to ignore our adventures. We allowed our imaginations to run across history and spaces. The entertainment was cheap. The stories were dark and tantalizing. The days flew. They were bridged by creative thoughts and developing brains. The grove is still at the old home place. Now different young children live in the space. I am hopeful they are bridging their lives to the stories and dreams of other spaces and places.

Did you ever use your toys to build imaginary worlds?
Who did you play with?
What is your best story?
Let me know.
Bridging the days in thoughts and imagination.

– Tana
Dr. Tana Durnbaugh lives in the Ravenswood area of Chicago. She co-houses with her son and his family. She loves stories and her little dog, Bess Truman.

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What is Racism? What is Anti-Racism?

Skyline Village Chicago & Forward Chicago Zoom Forum 

Monday, November 16, 2020
4:00-5:00 pm 

The forum is free. Register in advance here:

Speakers: Dr. Sarah Dennis and Yvonnie DuBose 
DuBose and Dennis are anti-racist/anti-bias co-founders of New Roots. They are also trained and certified facilitators of Racial Healing Circles by the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) initiative of the Woods’ Fund. This brief Zoom encounter will introduce concepts and tools to motivate anti-racist action. 

Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, etc. have been protesting for centuries, but our current times feel different. This is a national uprising where the USA has never gone before. It’s time to reimagine every facet of our community and create a space that allows all non-dominant folks to flourish. Just as this transformative revolution is not a sprint, but more of a marathon, this one-hour Zoom Forum cannot answer all our questions, but it will be an insightful introduction. 

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (James Baldwin). 

In lieu of payment, Yvonnie and Sarah are requesting that every attendee donate as much as they are able to the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, a (black woman founded & run) non-profit organization.

Story and Stuff: 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Korean War

The year 2020 is a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, which is known as the forgotten war. During this program, a U.S. Korean War veteran, Dr. Jerry Field, the president of Keumsil Cultural Society, Jin Lee, and a Georgetown professor of Korean Studies, Dr. Bonnie Oh share their stories and stuff to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. You will agree that Korean War is a living war in someone’s heart and the appreciation should go to our brave veterans who risked their lives to help a country so small that was thousands of miles away from homes.

Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 882 6583 0268
Passcode: KoreanWar

Call in: 1-312-626-6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 882 6583 0268
Passcode: 275254766

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This program is co-sponsored by Jewish War Veterans of Illinois and Keumsil Cultural Society.

Dr. Michael Ison: “The Latest Information on COVID-19 for Older Adults and Their Caregivers”

Join us for our continuing series with Dr. Michael Ison and find out the latest data about COVID-19, an update on potential vaccines, and preventative measures to take now, throughout the holidays, and all winter long.

  • Question and answer session follows presentation
  • Please submit questions in advance (with “Dr. Ison” in the subject line) to:

Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 4:00 to 5:00pm

This program is sponsored by: