Articles written by: Alan Shannon

Alan Shannon has written for a variety of publications, including Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times publications, Chicago’s Windy City Times, Viva, AAA Living, and several others. He prefers to write about food and travel, but for the the right price will write about anything. His favorite meal – other than his last one – was dinner with his husband and family at the tiny and traditional Corte Sconta in Venice.

Is Religion the Problem?
Life / Spirituality & religion

Is Religion the Problem?

What is it about gays that unhinges religious conservatives and why are religious extremists afraid of two consenting adults of the same sex getting it on?

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News & Politics

In the Wake of Marriage Equality: What Next?

It’s worth remembering that we couldn’t have achieved marriage equality without allies. After all, it wasn’t through Jesus’ will that we obtained marriage equality and it wasn’t planetary alignment.

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News & Politics

The Vulnerability of Marriage Equality

These days, there seems to be an overabundance of cynicism, misinformation, and apathy when it comes to American politics. I often hear people—gays and gay allies included—claim that there’s no difference between the Democrats and Republicans, and I frequently see Facebook posts or comments suggesting the same. And they make […]

In Hypocrisy We Trust: LGBT Americans and the Republican Party
News & Politics

In Hypocrisy We Trust: LGBT Americans and the Republican Party

These days, hypocrisy no longer reveals flawed logic or a personal weakness. You can be gay and vote against equal rights.

Underage Drinking: Advice for Parents
Kids / Parenting

Underage Drinking: Advice for Parents

In my experience, the more alcohol is prohibited, fetishized and viewed as forbidden fruit, the greater the likelihood that kids will abuse alcohol.

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Kids / Parenting

Send Your Kids Outside

Americans seem to have decided that winter is a chore but here’s why you should send your kids out in the snow.

Genoa: Italy’s Off the Beaten Track Seaport
Culture / Travel

Genoa: Italy’s Off the Beaten Track Seaport

Birthplace of Columbus, ancient seapower and still-functioning seaport, Genoa, Italy attracts few tourists—a shame for the city, but a great opportunity for the curious traveler seeking that rarity: an Italian town without tante turiste.

The Tyranny of Subway Preachers
Spirituality & religion

The Tyranny of Subway Preachers

Do preachers have the freedom to practice hate speech on the subway? Does anyone?

Farmer's markets often offer more variety and fresher produce than grocery stores.
Culture / Food

Reasons to Shop at Farmers Markets

Are farmers markets a silly trend for yuppies and foodies, or the best place to buy fruits and vegetables?

The Marriage Tradition Fable
Life / Sex & relationships

The Marriage Tradition Fable

Gay marriage opponents can try to brush arguments aside, but the truth is that marriage has evolved and continues to evolve.