Archive for December 2014

So, you don’t like New Year’s resolutions? It’s cause you’re doing them wrong

So, you don’t like New Year’s resolutions? It’s cause you’re doing them wrong
I don’t know the history behind New Year’s resolutions, but it has always seemed suspiciously like a child’s way of making up for being a brat the week before. We get piles of presents under a tree that become piles of cardboard and plastic and wrapping paper in our trash and recycling bins. We eat... Read more »

Before the flood: skinned knees and barbed wire

Before the flood: skinned knees and barbed wire
Every month ChicagoNow bloggers participate in “Blogapalooz-Hour,” an optional writing exercise in which, at precisely 9 p.m., a topic is sent out. Whoever decides to partake must conceive, write and then publish a post exactly one hour later. The December 2014 topic: “Write about a favorite memory from your childhood” My family had to be rescued from... Read more »

How The Newsroom and Aaron Sorkin helped me get well

How The Newsroom and Aaron Sorkin helped me get well
This is, plain and simple, a love letter to Aaron Sorkin and the team that created The Newsroom. I’m a sucker for everything about this show. Romance, humor, journalism, politics, ethics, and monologues. Monologues to die for and to cry for. This is Don Quixote, David and Goliath, capitalism and democracy, men and women. This... Read more »
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5 Things That Aren’t on My Bucket List

5 Things That Aren’t on My Bucket List
I don’t know what it is. Maybe I’m just grumpy. But the whole idea of a bucket list really irritates me. People compile “101 things I want to do before I die” and commence with jumping out of planes and scaling Everest, which if you ask me is likely to get them closer to the... Read more »