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Local community members share their outlooks on the news, events and personal challenges in 90 second essays. To learn more, visit https://www.northernpublicradio.org/topic/Perspectives

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Local community members share their outlooks on the news, events and personal challenges in 90 second essays. To learn more, visit https://www.northernpublicradio.org/topic/Perspectives

    Perspective: When The Ideas Aren't Good Enough

    Perspective: When The Ideas Aren't Good Enough

    I’m reading The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President, by Noah Feldman, which takes a deep dive into Madison’s role in creating the Constitution, the tall task in getting it ratified, then figuring out how to take that plan and put it into governing practice. The process was messy, contentious and in great danger of failing to provide a stable replacement for the Articles of Confederation. Some may find this surprising, but there was also a legitimate and prescient fear of

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    Perspective: The Continuing Saga Of Monty And Rose

    Perspective: The Continuing Saga Of Monty And Rose

    Monty and Rose are back. And, no, I am not talking about the next season of some Netflix romantic comedy series you've never heard of. I am talking about the two Great Lakes Piping Plovers that have now returned to Chicago's lakefront for a third time. This is a remarkable success. The plovers, which had not nested in the Chicago region for close to 70 years, have called Montrose Beach home for the last two summers. The first year, their efforts produced two chicks. The second year, there were

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    Perspective: What Makes May Merry?

    Perspective: What Makes May Merry?

    What images come to mind when you hear about May Day celebrations? May Day baskets with flowers or treats left on someone’s doorstep? May Pole dancing, an ancient fertility ritual? Or Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” connecting May Day with Midsummer rituals? Perhaps a Stephen Foster song, “The Merry, Merry Month of May.” Then there’s, “Mayday, Mayday!!” –- a signal of imminent danger requiring assistance. And we shouldn’t forget the May Day commemoration of Chicago’s “Haymarket Affair

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    Perspective: Old Friends And Old Music

    Perspective: Old Friends And Old Music

    Christmas 2019, my husband bought us a record player. In January, we traveled to Tacoma to see old friends I had not visited in 23 years. In my mind, both things go together because old friends and old music offer a particular kind of comfort. There is a friendship that can exist in bits and pieces. Time and space separate you, but when you get together, conversations resume and shared memories flow. Such friendships need to be protected as a delicate flower or an unusual species. To be in the

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    Perspective: The Church And COVID-19

    Perspective: The Church And COVID-19

    Last week, at a press conference Governor Pritzker shared his plan to re-open the state of Illinois. This plan was developed with the help of Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health. Two major milestones of the plan are that 50 percent of adult state residents are vaccinated, and a steady decline in hospitalizations, mortality, and infection rates for a 28-day monitoring period. After almost 18 months, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Years from now, it

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    Perspective: A Hidden Gift

    Perspective: A Hidden Gift

    Many have lost loved ones, jobs, health, and freedom during this pandemic. I’ve lived some of these misfortunes over the past year. It’s hard to generalize about the ways so many lives have been disrupted because they vary. I’ve been trying to see some personal positives from the experience. As a professor, I use technology better and have improved my delivery. Writing and publishing continue despite the difficulty of on-site research due to travel restrictions. Web conferences lack personal

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