Wood House

Writing from a wood house about some of my interests & passions | Current focus: COVID-19
Created 21 May 2021
  • The Madness of Mask-Enforcement in Illinois High Schools
    22 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 14 0
    NaTalia Urlacher holding a letter of suspension for refusing to wear a mask on her first day of school at Fremd High School in August. Photo by Sherry Urlacher. Used with permission. We’ve seen a mass...
  • "My fellow classmates might be as lonely as I am"
    13 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 27 0
    “Mask Life” by suburban-Chicago 8th-grade boy [name withheld]. Permission to post granted. The heartfelt testimony below was written by junior at a DuPage County high school and submitted to his distr...
  • Youth Mental-Health Deaths in Chicagoland, 2021-2022 School Year
    12 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 17 0
    It’s been a tragic week for youth mental-health deaths in Chicagoland. Six high school students have taken their own lives. On this page, I’ll attempt to track youth mental-health deaths that occur in...
  • Religious Freedom from Forced Masking in Illinois?
    09 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 17 0
    I found an interesting admission in a September 3rd FAQ from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Opportunity (IDCO), posted via IDPH, that speaks to forced masking as a violation of religious freedo...
  • Update: Chalkbeat Corrects IDPH Director Misquote
    01 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 14 0
    After being contacted by IDPH and at least two readers (including me), Chalkbeat Chicago has corrected an article in which IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike was quoted as saying “The bottom line is that masks...
  • Another 7-Day Vacation from Twitter
    01 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 43 0
    Twitter has again determined that I’ve broken the Rules. (The last time was in July.) I can’t post, retweet, like, follow, or send images in direct messaging for 7 days and must either delete the twee...
  • Dear Illinois General Assembly...Please Reign in The King
    27 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 14 0
    Today I sent a version of this email to my Illinois General Assembly Representatives, in hopes that at least one of our other two branches of government will reign in the Governor-King on the issue of...
  • A one-week vacation
    19 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 45 0
    Last week, @jack gave me seven days “off” from posting on Twitter. Upside: It gave me a good excuse to start using Substack. What did I tweet about to earn that one-week vacation? The actual risks tha...
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