Archive for February 2012

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: My So-Called Fictional Life

By Rick Kaempfer In my day job, I’m the publisher of a boutique Chicago publishing company named Eckhartz Press. Our company has been readying our next book for publication. It’s called “Down at the Golden Coin” and it’s written by the author of this blog, City Mom herself, Kim Strickland. Tomorrow is the big day.... Read more »

"Viewpoints" ad not so intelligent

Today’s Trib featured a nice, long article on a consumer products review company called Viewpoints. I, for one, will not be trusting any of their viewpoints, even if they do come from other consumers. Do you see the ad pictured here? Do you see what’s wrong with the ad? I’ll bet every mother out there... Read more »

How Old is Your Sports Bra?

How Old is Your Sports Bra?
How Old is Your Sports Bra? I got an email with this as the subject line recently. Granted it was from Fleet Feet, a running gear store, but still. A little invasive if you ask me. My initial reaction was to yell, “None of your damn business!” at my computer, but then, I opened the... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Comedy Guide for Boys

By Rick Kaempfer Comedy is really my only parenting tool. Over my sixteen years as a father, I’ve used it to great effect to diffuse tense situations, to foster strong relationships, and to teach my boys one of the most necessary life skills. If you’re laughing, life is going to be just fine. Unfortunately, a... Read more »

Competitive Yoga is my Personal Irony

Today, you’ll find my blog on someone else’s blog and instead of re-writing it here, in a fit of laziness, I’ve decided I’m just gonna link to it. So if you want a dose of A City Mom on this Monday morning, head on over to  Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom  (use the... Read more »

My Rube Goldberg Nightmare

It wasn’t just like a Rube Goldberg project, it was a Rube Goldberg project and when I found out about it, it was due the next day. Today. For Science class. I received an email yesterday from my daughter’s Science teacher, saying “Tonya” (sic) didn’t turn in her project last Friday.” But, she’d been given... Read more »
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Because Paris = Baseball

Because Paris = Baseball
I guess with Spring Training just a couple of weeks away, baseball is on everyone’s mind. Apparently, even the Parisians. So, what do you tell your family, friends or sweetheart when you bring them a gift from France that’s not perfume, or wine, or an Hermes scarf? “Doesn’t everyone equate Paris with baseball?” Thank you... Read more »

A Valentine you can feel good about: give to Donna's Good Things and St. Baldrick's

A Valentine you can feel good about: give to Donna's Good Things and St. Baldrick's
On Valentine’s Day, no one wants to think about cancer. But thinking and reading about cancer today may be just one notch better than actually eating one of those awful candy hearts. I jest. It’s what I do here as a writer, but it’s also what I do when I get uncomfortable. And kids’ cancer... Read more »

Love is a verb: one reason you can't act like a chump all year and expect to make up for it on Valentine's Day

When I told my husband about the gist of my Boycott the Valentine’s Day Shenanigans blog on Thursday (He was driving home from work and hadn’t read it yet. Unlike a lot of people on the Kennedy, he doesn’t simultaneously read and drive.) this is what he said. Love is a verb. It’s what you... Read more »
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Just Boycott the Valentine's Day Shenanigans

Just Boycott the Valentine's Day Shenanigans
We boycott Valentine’s Day, my husband and I. We really don’t have anything against the holiday, outside of the fact it was invented by Hallmark in order to sell cards (at least that’s the rumor and as a lover of all things conspiracy theory,I’m all over this one), and also, quite possibly, to make eighth... Read more »