Archive for March 2014

“Conscious uncoupling” isn’t pretentious, it’s defensive: the D word, the C word, and the other D word

“Conscious uncoupling” isn’t pretentious, it’s defensive: the D word, the C word, and the other D word
Whoever said “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” has never been bullied. I was the new kid for most of my life because we moved so much. I remember rounding a corner in junior high and hearing two girls talking about me. “Why does she wear the same... Read more »

Why I hope that Malaysian Flight 370 was hijacked

Why I hope that Malaysian Flight 370 was hijacked
Since the Malaysian Airlines flight went down on March 8th, I’ve been hoping that it was hijacked by terrorists and landed on a remote island. But when I read Teppi Jacobsen’s blog about the way we jump to conclusions, I felt guilty. I agree that we like envisioning these violent scenarios and we starting casting the... Read more »

This is the playlist for my life

This is the playlist for my life
Once a month here at ChicagoNow, we have Blogapalooz-Hour. Our community manager poses a topic and we have an hour to write. This was tonight’s challenge: “Write a post passionately defending your guilty pleasure(s). Think food, TV shows, celebrities, publications, movies, in-laws, whatever it is that probably kind of sucks but you (and maybe only you) definitely... Read more »
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To the woman behind me honking: give me the benefit of the doubt

To the woman behind me honking: give me the benefit of the doubt
Last week my daughter and I had a terrible day. They say that you’re only as happy as your least happy child. Well, I was miserable. Life is hard, you know? And not just the crises and the traumas, the every day part, too. I was in a place that I suspect most parents have... Read more »

Validate thy neighbor: we can't expect doctors to be everything we need

This post is brought to you by the Social Butterfly Mom’s weekly series “Validate Thy Neighbor” in which two bloggers choose a topic and write in support of the OPPOSITE of what they practice. Today, Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom and Cancer is Not a Gift, explore how much we deserve from our... Read more »

No one dies with dignity, but Sherwin Nuland lived with dignity

Sherwin Nuland, author of the book How We Die, died on Tuesday from prostate cancer at the age of 83. I hope he died the way he wanted to die, as he wrote in the “Epilogue” to his 1994, National Book Award-winning book: I want it to be without suffering. There are those who wish to... Read more »
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