Tag: Chicago

A Feminist Mom on a Date with King Liz

A Feminist Mom on a Date with King Liz
On Thursday, M and I went to see a show at the Windy City Playhouse*- King Liz. King Liz is a play (something I love) ostensibly about basketball (something M loves) and feminism (something we both care about deeply). It seemed like a slam dunk of a date night, if you’ll pardon the pun. The question as to... Read more »

Standing Up For My Family

Standing Up For My Family
Two days ago, I stood in front of my Congressman’s office and spoke about what the AHCA means for my family.   Part of me wants to pause right here and make excuses for my appearance. For not being thin enough, or pretty enough, or whatever it is I think I must be to be... Read more »

Begging My Congressman For My Family's Lives

Begging My Congressman For My Family's Lives
It seems impossibly cruel, and yet, this is the life I currently live. One where, by hook or by crook, by any means accessible, I have to find a way to literally beg my Congressman not to kill my family. Let me take a step back. Almost ten years ago, my life turned upside down. In... Read more »
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Save AmeriCorps!

Save AmeriCorps!
I want to tell you about my two years of National Service with AmeriCorps. When I was 19 I became a VISTA, for the Chicago Housing Authority Recycling Buy-back Program. We provided alternate income sources for people living in public housing, employment opportunities for people who might have otherwise been denied jobs, supported locally owned... Read more »

When People in Your Actual Life are Actually Voting for Somebody who is Cool with You Being Set On Fire*

When People in Your Actual Life are Actually Voting for Somebody who is Cool with You Being Set On Fire*
This morning I may have had an icky exchange on facebook with somebody I thought I knew. And it may have resulted in a very long, very angry tirade about Donald Trump supporters. And I may have made the blanket statement, “If you’re voting for Donald Trump you are a bad person,” and I may... Read more »

Becoming The Big City, Bleeding Heart Liberals Fox News Warned You About

Becoming The Big City, Bleeding Heart Liberals Fox News Warned You About
As you might be aware, M and I recently moved to the suburbs. Not just Oak Park, or Evanston, or even Skokie. No. We moved to the SUBURBS. We’re way out now- just past the border into McHenry County. That’s right, we’re in horse country. Away from all our friends and neighbors. Away from the... Read more »
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Finding Beauty in the Midst of Grief

Finding Beauty in the Midst of Grief
It is finally snowing. I’m sitting at my MIL’s home, watching a gentle white cloud cover dry grass and evergreens while a ceaseless soundtrack of the laughter and bickering of my children wafts from the basement. A little deer is limping through the snow, hopping on three legs as it picks its way through the... Read more »

Yesterday I Learned My Husband is Supposed to be Dead

Yesterday I Learned My Husband is Supposed to be Dead
Yesterday I learned that my husband was supposed to be dead. This isn’t new information, of course, but it is. The speed of medical advances astounds me- and I am grateful that at least for us, that speed is faster than the speed of cancer. It’s not for far too many people. I had known... Read more »

For Mother's Day, Support Moms with PPD

For Mother's Day, Support Moms with PPD
I was halfway through my pregnancy with RH when I should have known I was starting to get depressed. It was so easy to make excuses for all the feelings I had- I was tired, because I was pregnant. I wasn’t depressed, I was anemic. I was overworked from caring for twins and finishing my... Read more »
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The Best Gift Anyone Can Give Me

The Best Gift Anyone Can Give Me
It’s my birthday in exactly one week. Hopefully, I’m getting a husband in surgery. Really, an end to the waiting is a good thing, and it’s pretty much the thing I can guarantee would make me happiest. I’m going to be 31 years old, with three kids under six and a husband with brain cancer.... Read more »