Posts in category "love"

Sparkle and darkness - keeping each in its place

I’ve been so busy living my life lately that I have not had much time -or energy- to write about living. Bittersweet has become a place where I evaluate, explore and share experiences I’ve gone through or have witnessed. I write about events and such when I think others may relate or care a bit.... Read more »

2014 - A great time to reset

I have written four stories already on New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 for the four Shaw Media magazines I contribute to. I interviewed at least eight different “experts” addressing the obvious topics of losing weight, eating healthier, being more organized and spending more time with family. But the most helpful advice I learned for starting... Read more »

My message to M.O.P.S (Moms of Pre-Schoolers) - Beautiful Mess

Good morning, my name is Amanda Marrazzo, friends and family call me Amy.   I have been asked to come and talk to you this morning about my experiences as a mom, specifically on this theme of a Beautiful Mess.   What a huge topic to speak on.   We all have come from different... Read more »
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I am good enough, you are good enough

To me, there is no sadder expression on a human being’s face than the expression of the feeling of not being good enough. I have seen this expression on the faces of family members, friends, strangers. I have seen this expression in the mirror. I recall times walking down the street and seeing people unable... Read more »

"The Tall Ships" and the wonderful!

My mom insisted we go downtown to Chicago’s lakefront yesterday to see The Tall Ships. Well, don’t get me wrong, I do believe there is no where more beautiful to spend a summer afternoon. But, my reality is we  live in a cul-de-sac, nestled in a suburb, nearly an hour-and-a-half away from the lakefront. My... Read more »

Writers write

Well today has been two weeks and three days since Abby’s last seizure. One month since her first two. We have since taken her off of one medicine, Keppra and have her on a new, stronger anti-epileptic drug, Trileptal. We appreciate each and every moment she is living her life, laughing, singing, dancing. We even... Read more »
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What I'd give .....

Here is what I no longer have. A flat stomach. Shapely, muscle toned thighs and cute booty. Thick, long “big” hair. Tight, wrinkle-free skin on my face. Energy. Energy. Energy. Memory. Good, long night’s sleep. Worry-free days. Worry-free nights. Sense that my Abby is safe and sound, tucked away for a peaceful night’s sleep  in... Read more »

Emily and Abby - Hard work paying off beautifully

My daughter Emily is having a blast, working like crazy with rehearsals for Hairspray, in which she is the beautiful, yet evil Velma Von Tussle, the character played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the movie version. The show is being put on by Spotlight Youth Theater, a phenomenal community theater organization with amazing, talented kids who... Read more »

Made it to church today, reminded of a very important lesson

Well, if anyone was wondering, we went to  church today (yesterday) as a family, although it was cold and no one really felt like going, we went. The message was perfect for the way I was feeling. Pastor Dan talked about people being so busy and being more preoccupied with Facebook and those so-called “friends”... Read more »
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Oh man it's COLD!

Ok so not a very creative  post, but this is meant to be a Chicago-centric blog, so how do I live in Chicago and write for this ChicagoNow and not address the frigid, single digit, sometimes, negative digit temperatures we are being beaten up by this week? And THIS is all I can think about:... Read more »