Annmarie Handley's Blog (7)

A New Level of Fear

I am still in a state of shock.  The shock is quickly turning to disappointment as the Facebook and face-to-face debates ensue.  I had a heated argument with my own mother this morning.  She railed me about how I don't understand how corrupt politicians are, especially ones like Hillary Clinton; how career politicians do nothing for the American people and the American people are sick of it.  I know she didn't like Obama, likely from the deep-seated prejudices planted in her bosom from…

Added by Annmarie Handley on November 10, 2016 at 3:19pm — 5 Comments

Thanks Tony

I’ve heard stories about the infamous Tony Robbins, but have never purchased one of his books nor had any desire to go to one of his seminars.  It’s not because I felt I wouldn’t like him necessarily, but because I have my own ways of dealing with problems, coping with life’s issues, and for feeling empowered.  I don’t have a desire to change those ways quite yet.  I believe in the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  But, I went to bed early last night to try to fight off a cold…


Added by Annmarie Handley on October 21, 2016 at 12:50pm — 5 Comments

Uncomplicating the Heart

Marriage is tricky.  Love is complicated.  And not complicated.  It’s the uncomplicated kind that I miss the most.  The kind of love that made everything else disappear.  You remember it, or you might be in it now.  I remember falling in love, especially during a cold, Chicago winter.  It was the best thing in the world.  I remember waking up on a freezing February morning, next to that warm skin, under blankets, safe.  It didn’t matter how expensive the blankets were, or where we…


Added by Annmarie Handley on October 14, 2016 at 9:07am — 13 Comments

Ode to the Creatures of the Night

My conscience


The deed

Is wrong

But hunger


To jar

My thoughts

To live

My creed


The dawn

The tides

Of pain

Too strong

To bind

My god

Has gone

The night

Is morn

And death

A song.

Added by Annmarie Handley on October 9, 2016 at 11:24am — 2 Comments

It's a Crime

My Dear Friend,

I’m writing because I can’t seem to reconcile the controversies I’ve been seeing in the news about police brutality, violence against police, Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, black, white.  Especially here in “Chi-raq,” these issues have a palpable presence.  I took the time to look into the Black Lives Matter movement and I’ve been following the stories in the news as often as time allows.  It is about fighting racism and police brutality, to give a voice to…


Added by Annmarie Handley on September 30, 2016 at 8:00am — 14 Comments

Street Smart

My four-year-old daughter, and younger of the two, recently started her official preschool at the child care center.  I was informed by one of the teachers that she would now have homework on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Mondays will be writing practice with the alphabet, two pages of it, and Tuesdays, “math practice,” or writing of numbers, two pages of them.

My husband and I are both from the South Side of Chicago, which is not renowned for its production of great thinkers, but we…


Added by Annmarie Handley on September 23, 2016 at 8:01am — 5 Comments

Starting Somewhere

Dear Writing Community,

Since this is my first blog post on Our Salon, I thought I’d begin with an introduction to tell you a bit about who I am and why I’m here.  I’m a 42-year-old teacher of English and English as a Second (or foreign) Language, native Chicagoan, and mother of two young daughters.  When I started out, I went to Columbia College in Chicago to become a writer.  I took fiction classes, journalism classes, and writing for the theater.  I graduated in ’99 believing that…


Added by Annmarie Handley on September 21, 2016 at 8:55am — 14 Comments



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