Yeah, but rolling that crucifix-shaped die is tough. The Thomas More Association on West Monroe is selling a new $30 board game called Divinity, with 672 question cards based on the new Catechism of the Catholic Church.

“I’ve worked with macho men, conservative bankers, top CEOs, and corporate executives as annual report subjects,” professional makeup and hair stylist Joyce Taft tells Alfred DeBat in Loupe (Summer). “They are all terrified of make-up [even the minimal powdering needed to keep them from looking sweaty on camera]. Part of my job is to convince them that they’ll look perfectly natural in the photo. ‘Trust me,’ I tell them, and I’m able to carry it off. But, you have to be quick with these guys, because they’re impatient.”

Good thing rent and food have gotten so much cheaper. Single women receiving Aid to Families With Dependent Children are better educated and have fewer children in 1992 than in 1976, reports the U.S. General Accounting Office in its May report, “Families on Welfare.” Nevertheless, they are significantly poorer: the average income of AFDC families in constant dollars dropped from $10,916 when Carter was elected president to $6,865 when Clinton was elected.

“I get a lot of psychic benefit from challenging the status quo because I know the status quo does not work,” CHA chairman Vince Lane tells N’digo’s Derrick Baker (July 21-August 3). “I want to get government out of the housing business….Any fool can look at public housing and see that what we’ve been doing for the last 30, 40 years doesn’t work….If we just spend the money a little differently, we can eliminate public housing in Chicago as we know it in five to 10 years.”

To know us is to love us. From Illinois School Board Journal (July-August): “The closer people are to their own schools–either by having children who go there, or by having neighbor’s children who go there–the better they like them. The farther away from the schools they happen to be, and the more dependent they are on the mass media for their information, the more negative they become. This surprises no one who has worked in schools, but it seemed to astonish members of the media.”

“If you are a chief executive, or a legislator or a high-level bureaucrat, your power to touch the moment and instance of crime is almost zero,” Michael Smith of the Vera Institute tells Donald Sevener in Illinois Issues (August). “What you can do is appropriate funds and build concrete and steel. So while a politician won’t promise a 20 percent decrease in the burglary rate, he can promise a 20 percent increase in the number of prison cells.”

Bring your own designated driver. On Tuesday, September 13, south-suburban Moraine Valley Community College offers a two-hour, $10 course in beer appreciation: “Proper storing, serving and evaluating of beer discussed. Emphasizes the history of beer, world beer styles and ongoing renaissance in the American brewing industry.”

“In grade school, I was often asked, ‘Do you know karate?’ Of course, I didn’t, but sometimes, I’d say that I did, especially if the inquiring person was large and mean, and wanted my lunch money,” writes Dar-Lon Chang of Downers Grove South High School in the newsletter of the area Asian-American Bar Association (Summer). “Some of my classmates told me that I was a dead ringer for Bruce Lee, but it wasn’t a very big compliment since every Asian American person looked like Bruce Lee to them. Now, in high school, I’m often asked, ‘Are you going to M.I.T.?’ Of course, I’m not, but sometimes I say that I’m going anyway, especially if the inquiring person is large, mean, and offering me scholarship money.”

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustraton/Carl Kock.