Archive for July 2011

Forced Scrapbooking: Cruel and Unusual

Forced Scrapbooking: Cruel and Unusual
                What’s worse than waterboarding? More cruel than the rack? Forced Scrapbooking. Words can’t express how grateful I am to never have been subjected to this most heinous of all forms of torture. When I received an email from one of my girlfriends, we’ll call her “Sally,” I... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: A Former Couch Potato's Lament

By Rick Kaempfer I admit it. I used to watch a lot of television. But I find myself watching less and less lately, and I’ve compiled some reasons why. The following things bug me so much, I’ve replaced my quality television time with alternatives like exercise and more time with the children. But let me... Read more »

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Parting is such sweet sorrow
Today we’re getting rid of the Easy Bake Cotton Candy Maker. I know! It’s a big day. I suppose it would be an even bigger day if we decided to get rid of the pasta maker, too, but we do manage to pull that contraption out about once every three years (the amount of time... Read more »
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A City Mom Drives Readers to Suicide (Prevention!)

As a ChicagoNow blogger, I receive a lot of press releases from public relations people trying to promote their causes. I ignore most of them, am amused by some of them, but the one I received earlier this week gave me pause: Why do they think readers of A City Mom need to know about... Read more »

It's Snow Secret: It's Hot Outside

Nothing like a porch swing on a hot summer day.
In the interest of staying cool on a day when the heat index is supposed to soar to 105, A City Mom would like to offer this refreshing gallery of photos. And as appealing as that snow looks today, remember when it was February 2nd and we were all wishing it were summer?

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: In Defense of Rock and Roll

By Rick Kaempfer The death of a local rock station (Q-101) has sparked another industry wide discussion about the future of rock and roll. According to the radio experts across the nation, it doesn’t have one. They say that rock and roll doesn’t speak to the kids of today. Really? You can mock three-chord rock... Read more »
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The Future of Aviation at Stake

It seems once again the fate of my alma mater, The University of Illinois Institute of Aviation, is up in the air  (sorry).  [Daily Illini: Board of Trustees to Consider Institute of Aviation Closure Thursday.]  This is nothing new. When I attended school there, oh, (or do I say Gaaa!) twenty-five years ago, they were... Read more »

Konrath on Publishing/Borders

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Urban Corn Detasselling

Urban Corn Detasselling
Every summer around this time, in the middle of my kids’ I’m bored doldrums, my husband trots out the story of how, When I was your age, I was outside in ninety-degree heat, standing on a tractor moving through central Illinois corn fields detasselling corn for ten hours a day. This, of course, causes said... Read more »
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A Zamboni Run

Our family has been known to go on family runs. All five of us barreling (Can you call it barreling if it happens slowly?) down the sidewalk. Four of us jogging, our daughter on her bike.  Don’t call DCFS. We all like running. I’ve been at it for over twenty years now. Our boys run... Read more »