Category: Blogapaloozhour

Why I avoid breaking the rules

Why I avoid breaking the rules
Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. We’re given a topic at 9 pm, and we have one hour to write, edit and click “publish”. Our topic tonight is: “Since rules are made to be broken, write about rules you routinely break or want to break” Nope, nope, nope. I confess to NOTHING. You see, I have... Read more »

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then
Several years ago, I started doing my family’s ancestry research on Ancestry.com. I’ve learned about my great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War. I discovered two maternal ancestral lines that trace back to Colonists-turned-Revolutionists back in the 1770’s. I’ve even discovered that I am a direct descendant of William Brewster, elder of the Puritans and... Read more »

Why I prefer the road less traveled

Why I prefer the road less traveled
Robert Frost wrote a poem entitled The Road Not Taken. It is my favorite poem of all time and a mantra I’ve lived my entire life. Tonight, being Blogapalooza, our topic for this one-hour exercise is to write about “the road less traveled by and how that made all the difference.” My mom first introduced... Read more »
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People's appreciation for the beauty of classical music is dying

Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. That means at 9 pm we are given a topic to write about, and we have one hour to write, edit and publish. We are to write about something we find beautiful that we think others may not understand. My thoughts immediately went to classical music and how I... Read more »

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza. We are given a topic at 9pm, then we write, edit, tweak and publish straight up at 10pm. Our topic for tonight is: “Write about a habit or routine of yours that you would either like to break or that you hope never ends.” I have several habits I would like... Read more »

There's no such thing as a white lie - it is just a lie

There's no such thing as a white lie - it is just a lie
Tonight is Blogapalooza – the bloggers here at ChicagoNow are given a topic at 9 pm, and we have one hour to write, edit, tweak and publish. Our topic tonight is: “Write about a time you told a lie” (It can be a little white lie, a whopper of epic proportions or something in the... Read more »
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Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania

Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania
I am a writer; it’s part of who I am. I write to express myself, to share experiences that may resonate with others, to bring hope and encouragement to others, to share God’s Word with the world, to provide useful information to people and to be funny (once in a while). As a storyteller, I... Read more »

When to speak and when to be still

When to speak and when to be still
As part of Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow, we’re given a topic at 9pm and have one hour to write, edit, add photos if we choose and publish straight up at 10pm. Tonight’s topic is this: Share your favorite quote (or quotes) — from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever — and... Read more »

Whatever happened to my best friend from first grade?

Whatever happened to my best friend from first grade?
This blog post is another addition of blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. (All of our posts get Storified; click here to read more of them). Our challenge, if we choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour on this topic: “Write about a friend or acquaintance from your childhood with whom you’ve lost touch.”... Read more »
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What my Fitbit Surge says about why I am always tired

What my Fitbit Surge says about why I am always tired
This blog post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooz-hour. The entire ChicagoNow community of writers receives a topic to write about at 9pm. We are to write, edit and publish our pieces right at 10pm. Click here to find all the posts from tonight’s event.  Last Friday, I totally splurged on myself and bought a... Read more »