Grandma Lucy

Grandma Lucy
  Yep, I haven’t written a blog post in months. But this week’s little story wanted to be told…   This past Tuesday, at a hamburger and Mexican food joint in Whittier, I saw my Grandma Lucy.  She sat at the booth to the left of me. Her hair was white and short and sleek,... Read more »

Mourn The Way You Need to Mourn

I just sent this to a dear friend who just lost her Grandpa. I sent it because I imagine there may be people who tell her, “But he lived a long life…”, which I always take to mean, “It’s not as bad of a loss. It’s a more profound loss if the person were young.”... Read more »

Kids: The 2013 Version

It’s been about 10 years since I last worked with kids. Left my full-time teaching job (which I adored) to go do something else that I’d always adored but had never explored adequately: the world of theatre. Fast forward to this school year and I’m back with kids in a part-time capacity. Elementary school students.... Read more »
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Is Chicago Still Chicago Without Your Loved Ones There?

Is Chicago Still Chicago Without Your Loved Ones There?
  I have a ticket to Chicago. That’s the best kind of ticket, if you ask me.  It’s for Monday through Saturday. Yes, I’m certain to see and hear and eat some beautiful things like holiday lights and the dialogue from “A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman and some Reza’s vegetarian shami or Pizano’s thin... Read more »

My Other Chicago

My Other Chicago
I talk a lot about Chicago. And now I’m going to talk about Whittier. I moved to Whittier, California when I was almost 4 years old. My dad had tired of working the sub-zeroes in the Chicago railyards and moved us west so he could work for Amtrak. We arrived after Christmas. Bought cereal and... Read more »

Thoughts from the Hospital Waiting Room

Thoughts from the Hospital Waiting Room
  In my mind’s eye, my parents are ever-strong. Ever-capable. Ever-youthful. They are the Protectors. The Surmounters of the Insurmountable. My Heroes. But there comes a point when you can no longer ignore the white hair that has overtaken the brown. The ears that no longer grasp a statement on the first try. The skin... Read more »
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First Impressions: Brian Urlacher

Heads-up: This piece has nothing to do with football. Well, I may say the word “football” a few times, but that’s about it. No “knee” commentary here. Heck, I barely learned how to keep score in football–about a year ago. No joke. I merely wanted to tell you about the time I met Brian Urlacher at... Read more »

Nursing Homes: Not For the Faint of Heart

Everyone should visit a nursing home at some point in his or her life. Not a fancy retirement home for the well-to-do. Not a souped-up “village” for active seniors. But a real, honest-to-goodness nursing home. Stomach-turning smells, heartrending sights and sounds and all. Nursing homes are filled with people who were once capable and useful... Read more »

Teachers: You ARE Making a Difference

Teachers: You ARE Making a Difference
  I always say that my years spent teaching public school–will always be some of the best years I ever lived.  No matter if I one day nab a condo in the Gold Coast or travel the world or marry Jeremy Irons. My teaching years will forever be near the top of my list. I... Read more »
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Chicago 2016: I Was Never a Fan

Chicago 2016: I Was Never a Fan
As a kid, I experienced the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.  And while they were especially cool because my older sister danced in the Opening Ceremonies and my parents and I got to attend the dress rehearsal at the L.A. Coliseum the night before, I also remember that several years later, the remnants of Sam the mascot, the cute little Olympic Eagle, STILL lived... Read more »