Author Archives: Tom Siebert

About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815.

Social work students helping homeless in hands-on way

By Tom Siebert Assistant Director for Community Relations Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois Brittani Dahlman recently received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Aurora University. She also earned an eclectic education in humanity. That’s … Continue reading

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Hard Rock Café features iconic guitars but also shows human side of stars

By Tom Siebert I recently visited the Hard Rock Café in downtown Chicago and viewed guitars used by Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Bo Didley, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix, and Pete Townshend (a smashed acoustic). But the most poignant piece of … Continue reading

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‘The Shack’ tackles tough questions about evil, good, and God

By Tom Siebert Don’t let the controversy over “The Shack” deter you from seeing this important film. Granted, it is not biblically correct. But neither was “The Chronicles of Narnia” nor “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” in which Pharaoh … Continue reading

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‘Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1’ is what it is: ‘Whistler’s Mother’––and motherhood writ large

By Tom Siebert “Whistler’s Mother” is a colloquialism for Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, a painting in oils on canvas created by American-born artist James McNeil Whistler in 1871. The work was lukewarmly received, forcing the artist to … Continue reading

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‘Hidden Figures’ is a must-see movie that reveals the heroic women who helped overcome race and space

By Tom Siebert Mary Jackson, Katherine G. Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan were three African American women who rose above racism and sexism to help launch white male astronauts into space in the segregated 1960s and bring them safely back to … Continue reading

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Horror meets heroism in riveting film ‘Patriots Day’

By Tom Siebert “Patriots Day” is a painful film to watch. And you can’t get through it with the assuring mantra “it’s only a movie.” Because it is not. It happened. This riveting docudrama recreates the horrific Boston Marathon bombings … Continue reading

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Women’s philanthropic group gives lift to local homeless

By Tom Siebert Assistant director for community relations Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, IL The homeless have many hardships. In sprawling Kendall County, west of Chicago, there is no public transportation. So the toughest challenge can … Continue reading

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