Tag: Stories

Pretending: A Motherhood Story

Pretending: A Motherhood Story
A few weeks ago, I was profoundly honored to be a member of the final cast of Listen To Your Mother, a storytelling on stage series Chicago has joined in with for the last six years. This was my second time on the LTYM stage, and it was as humbling and beautiful as my first.... Read more »

Passing Along the Family Magic

Passing Along the Family Magic
My grandfather was a terrible magician. That didn’t stop him from trying, and his enthusiasm and meager skill were enough to carry him through the endless shows he put on for very young children, At six years old, there was little on earth more exciting than my grandfather pulling a quarter out of my ear-... Read more »

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 »
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The October 2016 SuperMommy Digest

The October 2016 SuperMommy Digest
It’s been a long, exhausting month, starting with the release of the Trump Tapes. When you write about sexual violence and one of the candidates for president is recorded BRAGGING about committing multiple acts of sexual assault, news can take over you life. There is something utterly triggering about a man in power, in genuine contention to... Read more »

To The Doctor I Hated For Saving Me, Thank You

To The Doctor I Hated For Saving Me, Thank You
I had been engaged for fifteen hours, and I was terrified. Fifteen minutes earlier my fiancé’s coworker called to tell me he had a seizure at his softball game, he was in an ambulance on his way to the emergency room. I was already in my pajamas, letting a pint of ice cream soften on... Read more »

The Virtue of Unpopularity

The Virtue of Unpopularity
There was a time when I tried to fit in. I tried to dress the way the popular girls did, back when pretty was in style. They wore khaki shorts over white tights, in polo shirts with cardigans tied over their shoulders. I tried, but my wardrobe just couldn’t accommodate the look. I ended up in... Read more »
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The Moment I Knew I Was Bisexual

The Moment I Knew I Was Bisexual
In the days since the Pulse massacre, I’ve been riddled with guilt. I’m a bisexual woman, and I am part of the homophobia problem in this country. Most people who suffer from homophobia picture “the gays” as flamboyantly dressed young men in Pride parades, or butch women with shorn heads in shapeless denim. The fact... Read more »

In Memory of Judith Jae

In Memory of Judith Jae
My grandmother has always been a model of womanhood, for me. Although she was a housewife through the sixties and seventies, there was never any question that she was my grandfather’s equal in absolutely everything, and in every way. He is a professor with multiple Ph.Ds in physics and mathematics and she was a housewife,... Read more »

The Book I Needed In My Darkest Moment

The Book I Needed In My Darkest Moment
There are a few times in your life when you see yourself as you truly are, in that moment. Not as who you are inside, what fundamentally defines you, but objectively- when you are confronted with yourself and it takes your breath away. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes you are fortunate enough to see... Read more »
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How To Be A Straight Ally

How To Be A Straight Ally
I never expected to marry a man. I expected to spend my adult life having open ended relationships with men and women both, starting a little artist collective in the mountains somewhere, and adopting children. Marriage, and particularly such a traditional marriage, wasn’t something I sought or desired. I was interested in love. In all... Read more »