Esther Cepeda / Politics

Beer's Big Game

CHICAGO -- Many nights after dinner -- when the last of the vegetables have been choked down and Dad has started cleaning up in the kitchen -- my sons and I browse pictures of puppies on Pinterest. 

Yes, even at 13 and 16 (and 40!) we're all ...

Resolutions to Live By

CHICAGO -- January presents an opportunity to engineer a better year than the last, but many people fail in their intentions by making the mistake of subtracting, when adding is more effective.

Those seeking to lose weight in the new year often ...

Video-Gamers Sound Off

CHICAGO -- Parents across the land, take heart -- I hear it on good account that young-adult video-game obsession is not the end of the world.

A few weeks ago I lamented that young people who are immersed in fantastical video games are often ...

Labels as Landmines

CHICAGO -- Everyone understands that words matter. Observers of my writing know that I hopscotch my way through racial and ethnic labels quite a bit, using the conventions of my source materials whenever possible so as to not tinge my point with ...

The Dream That Never Fades

CHICAGO -- There was a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song that came out in 1988 called "American Dream." It had a catchy tune but as a 14-year-old, I recoiled from it because it was so negative.

"You wake up in the middle of the night.

Your ...

The Rainbow That Isn't

CHICAGO -- I recently had to reiterate to my husband that minorities are far more scared of the police than non-minorities, even when we haven't done anything wrong.

I suspect my mindset stems from being a Chicagoan -- our racial tensions are ...