Posts in category "Etiquette"

Bunnies: This is a Test

Bunnies: This is a Test
Bunnies are so cute! They are soft and cuddly and they have those adorable, long floppy ears and those cute tiny  little bunny noses. Who doesn’t love a bunny? They’re vegetarian. They don’t make noise. Bunnies are just really, really sweet. I love bunnies. That’s right. This is animal testing at its worst. And what... Read more »

The Lincoln Restaurant is closed

The Lincoln Restaurant is closed
The iconic Lincoln Restaurant in North Center is closing its doors for good today. The diner was a throwback to a different era and I will miss seeing the giant Abe Lincoln head sign as I pass by on north Lincoln Avenue, you know, if someone eventually gets around to taking it down. I first... Read more »

LinkedIn Endorsements don’t mean a thing, but they’re still kinda fun to play with

LinkedIn Endorsements don’t mean a thing, but they’re still kinda fun to play with
                    Recently on LinkedIn, I’ve received several endorsements for short story writing. The last short story I wrote, if I say so myself, was pretty darn good. The only problem is, I wrote it in high school over thirty-years ago and none of the people who... Read more »
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Let nature be your soundtrack: keep your music inside

Let nature be your soundtrack: keep your music inside
Alfresco. Outside. Out of doors. We Chicagoans love our summers because we get to spend more time outside. And why do we love the great outdoors—our patios and rooftop decks and sidewalk cafés? Is it because we never, ever forget our winters, leaving scrapers in the glove compartment year-round, just in case, and we want... Read more »

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 »

Sometimes, you need more than a smile. You need an umbrella.

Sometimes, you need more than a smile. You need an umbrella.
If last week’s rainstorms taught me anything, it’s how often we lose things around here. On Saturday I had to buy three umbrellas at Jewel, because we were down to our last one and, naturally, I was worried that if it rained again anytime soon, everyone else in my family would get wet. Our umbrellas... Read more »
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Computerized voicemail answering labyrinths suck.

Computerized voicemail answering labyrinths suck.
Voicemail answering labyrinth systems suck. Big time. My hatred for them borders on unnatural. Oftentimes when dealing with them, I lose my angelic-like demeanor and find myself screaming at the digi-voice on the other end of the line, which serves no purpose other than to blow off some steam at my end. That computer bitch,... Read more »

Twinkie Thief? Yes. Yes I am.

The Twinkies were there at the party. Just sitting there, right on the table, out in the open. For anyone to take. Less than a week after I wrote this post, Hostess Twinkies don’t go! I couldn’t believe my eyes. Were these people crazy? Twinkies were selling for like, a million dollars each on eBay and... Read more »

“You’re Welcome” It's what I want my tombstone to say

“You’re Welcome” It's what I want my tombstone to say
The epitaph I used to always want on my tombstone was, “I told you I was sick.” But I changed my mind and today I decided it should be, “You’re Welcome.” You’re welcome for every load of laundry I did without complaining and You’re welcome for every one of the thousands of trips I made... Read more »
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Is handing out rejection easier than receiving it? No. No it's not.

Is handing out rejection easier than receiving it? No. No it's not.
As part of my blog tour for my second novel, Down at the Golden Coin, I wrote a Guest Post over at  Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Review Blog, about how I’ve had to, as a blogger, deal with writing rejection letters very similar to each and every one in my own large personal pile of... Read more »