Category: School

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 »

Fighting Illini and Coors, because every collegiate sports team should have an official beer

Fighting Illini and Coors, because every collegiate sports team should have an official beer
Have you seen this billboard on Damen Avenue, just north of Fullerton?  The first time I drove by I almost swerved off the road while doing a spit-take. An official beer? For a college? Okay, I understand that The Fighting Illini and The University of Illinois are not entirely interchangeable. One is a fine institution... Read more »

My sons are Mathletes: Guess who's laughing now?

My sons are Mathletes: Guess who's laughing now?
My sons are math geeks and I couldn’t be more proud. They are mathletes. Math Team nerds. Geeks. They call themselves geeks. They call each other geeks. I can call them math geeks. But don’t you dare. More often than not, when people ask about my boys, they’ll say, “What sports are they into?” and... Read more »
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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 »

Time or money: which do you value more?

Time or money: which do you value more?
Every now and then, life gives you a gift—you find a dollar bill on the sidewalk, or maybe you see a double rainbow, or a stranger pays you a compliment. This week, I received the best gift of all. Time. I got a huge, awesome, whopping gift-chunk of unexpected free time. My trip to London... 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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Embrace the Emergency (of dressing kids for formal occasions)

Embrace the Emergency (of dressing kids for formal occasions)
In the old days when I did back to school shopping for my twin sons, I made sure to include a pair of dress pants, shoes and collared shirts for them. This was to preclude a fashion emergency. You know the type: you have a semi-formal event to attend that requires your kids to wear... Read more »

I hate the first day of school

I hate the first day of school
Okay, maybe not the first day per se, but what the first day portends. The first day is always exciting and sort of fun. It’s every day after that. I’m pretty sure I’m an anomaly, but I don’t like back to school. Back to school starts the program that has me feeling like I’ve been... Read more »

Knowledge is Good, but spellcheck might be better

Knowledge is Good, but spellcheck might be better
Guess where I will not be sending my children to pursue higher education.
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Adoption and Autism lead to Action and The Northern Illinois Center for Autism

What happens when you try to get a couple of adoptive parents together to write a story for National Adoption Awareness Month in November? The story gets finished in December. As any parent, adoptive or otherwise, knows: kids keep you busy. However, when it’s discovered your child has autism, if you’re like my friend Arnie... Read more »