The Women's March Chicago: Why I'm in

The Women's March Chicago: Why I'm in
The Women’s March in Chicago. I’m in. It was kind of a last minute decision. I’m not much of one for political commentary or activism, especially compared to others on social media. I generally tend to remain silent on the subject. Stay out of the fray. (It’s no secret a large part of why I’m... Read more »

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is probably my all time favorite movie. The love I feel for it borders on unnatural. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it. Maybe twenty. Probably more. It slays me every time. But I still want to watch it every year around the holidays. My family? Well, not so... Read more »

“It Only Takes Five Minutes!” The 30 things they say I need to do every day

“It Only Takes Five Minutes!” The 30 things they say I need to do every day
For far too long I’ve been hearing about all the “simple” things I can do to make my life better. If only I just did these things every day. And the selling point by the “salespeople” is always how little effort it really takes and then how big the payout will be. But, do the... Read more »
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The Cubs Post Season: How to go to a game and look like a long-time season ticket holder and not a new or fair-weather fan

The Cubs Post Season: How to go to a game and look like a long-time season ticket holder and not a new or fair-weather fan
The Cubs post-season is upon us. (And I will never get tired of saying that!) While all teams should welcome and encourage new fans, nobody wants to go to a game, much less a post-season game, looking like it’s the first one they’ve ever attended. Here are some helpful tips from A City Mom to make you look like... Read more »

Taking some time off of work to stay home with family? You may want to be careful how much time you take.

Consider this a public service announcement from A City Mom. If you or someone you know has or is taking time away from the work force, please encourage them to read this Huffington Post Article written by my friend Margie Kruse. A brief excerpt: “It’s a little-known fact: When one leaves the workforce for more than... Read more »

You know what frosts me? Frosting

You know what frosts me? Frosting
Why can’t the frosting companies just put enough frosting in one can to frost an entire cake?  Why do they always only include almost enough? It’s been about fifteen minutes since I’ve mention that all three of my children have birthdays in December. So, I feel compelled to mention it now. All three of my... Read more »
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Eight reasons it’s really fun the Cubs are having a winning season

Eight reasons it’s really fun the Cubs are having a winning season
8) “Whoomp, There it is!”  I’ve never heard this at Cubs games before this season and I’m not sure where it originated but it sure is fun to sing out, even if it is a bit taunty and taunting is not nice and terrible karmically, but, dang it, after suffering through so many tomahawk chops…... Read more »

When good puns go bad

When good puns go bad
We have a saying at our house: “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.” So, I stand (actually sit) before you now, the world’s biggest loser, trying to explain what I think are three of the funniest things I ever said but that no one actually “got.” Well, one person got one of them. Just… let me... Read more »

A first legal beer for my sons -- in Germany

A first legal beer for my sons -- in Germany
You wanna know what’s weird? Sitting for the first time in a bar across from your son and watching him drink a beer. That you bought him. I was recently blessed with the privilege of meeting up with my sons and three of their friends who spent the better part of a month backpacking and... Read more »
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Preparing for an empty nest: my heart is screaming

Preparing for an empty nest: my heart is screaming
My heart was screaming. And that is the only way to describe it. I’d just dropped my 18-year-old son at the airport to catch his flight to LA for his future college’s accepted student’s weekend and had arrived back home. It was when I got back into bed (it was only 6:30 am, after all)... Read more »