Archive for July 2013

A City Mom advocates airplane window anarchy

A City Mom advocates airplane window anarchy
So much of our lives are spent in front of screens these days: computer screens and phone screens and tablet screens, even our books are now appearing on screens. Don’t get me wrong, I love my screens (shameless self-promotion of my latest book available on a screen) as much as anyone, but sometimes I just... Read more »

Facebook impersonators: Here's something you should know

Facebook impersonators: Here's something you should know
If you choose to impersonate someone on Facebook by stealing his or her identity, it’s probably best to not impersonate an air traffic controller—and then try to chat up one of his pilot friends. This gem of wisdom that I bestow upon you is based on a true story that happened to me today. I... Read more »

Summer Brain Drain: It can happen to your kids, too

Summer Brain Drain: It can happen to your kids, too
Summer Brain drain is a very real and worrisome phenomenon. And I hear it can happen to my kids, too. This is terrible news. Because while I look forward to the lazy languid days of summer, I really dislike the idea of brain drainage. It will mean just one more mess for mom to clean... Read more »
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A barbershop is no place for tears: Al's closes its doors for good

A barbershop is no place for tears: Al's closes its doors for good
Al’s Barbershop on Grace Street has closed its doors and I am heartbroken. Al’s was one of my favorite places in this city, and not just because it was mostly always quiet there. Al Soehn and his barbershop represent everything that’s right about Chicago and its neighborhoods. A good man running a good business, beloved... Read more »