We're launching a new weekly feature on ChicagoNow tentatively called "This Blogger Life" because the idea, as is quite obvious, is derived from "This American Life."
Each week a broad theme will be given to the bloggers, who can take it and write a blog post interpreting the topic in any way they want. As the posts come in they'll be added to the ones below.
This week's theme: "Taking a break"
Coming to Terms: 10 Reasons to take a Break from Drinking Alcohol
Summary: Some solid advice for everyone, even if you're not a heavy drinker.
Not The Fastest Girl In Town: Taking A Break From The Sad To Ramble
Summary: Everyone needs to take a break and go off on a good ramble once in awhile.
I've Got The Hippy Shakes: Robin Williams, Parkinson's Disease, Depression and Suicide: Taking A Break From My Life
Summary: Howard took in a lot of news about Robin Williams' suicide and the news he was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. And then he realized he'd had enough of both.
Tween Us: My tween has been taking a break over the summer
Summary: At first, Shannan worried her daughter's skills would erode if she took time off from practicing the flute and ballet. Now, she's not worried at all.
Lipstick, Lollipops & Life: Taking a break from the grieving sadness to survive
Summary: Julia shares several tips on how to deal with loss.
Chicago Weather Watch: Take a break--take out the garbage
Summary: Liz isn't going to pretend taking out the garbage is fun, but doing mundane, mindless tasks can be soothing and meditative if you look at them with the right perspective.
The World of Kafka (The Bulldog): Kafka the bulldog takes a vacation
Summary: Liz sent her dog off to a family member's house while she went on vacation. And as it turns out, even dogs need a break from sleeping 75 percent of the day.
South of I-80: Take a Break from Yourself: It's Not All About YOU Anyway
Summary: We're human, we get wrapped up in our own needs. But Erin wants you to know that can be more harmful than helpful if you don't take a break from yourself.
Soapbox Momma: I Took An Unwanted Break When I Broke My Ankle
Summary: Leslie got two breaks she didn't want, and 3 1/2 months to think about them both.
Eri-thon: Personal Life, Puppies, and Priorities: What happens when these things change
Summary: Sometimes you just don't have enough time for everything. And taking a break -- from running or even blogging, just happens. And that's what happened to Erin.
Animals Know! Animals Teach Us How To Take A Break
Summary: Denise shares a photo gallery of animals and their version of taking a break.
Ups And Downs Of A Yoga Mom: Going #camping to escape @Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
Summary: An "electronic cleanse" is in the works for Beth and her family.
The Leading Lady:Take a Break: Rest Your Leadership Muscle
Summary: A good leader has to know when to take a break. Leandra explains how to realize when to know that's exactly what you need.
The Accidental Cyclist: Taking a break at work
Summary: Dave is a 911 dispatcher who quit taking his allotted breaks after he quit smoking. That turned out to be a mistake, as he recently discovered.
Ms. Crankypants and the City: The Facebook HIDE button: Saving friendships right and left by taking a Politics Break
Summary: Using the Facebook "Hide" option makes taking a break from certain people a lot easier.
Margaret Serious: Take a holiday in M.C. Beaton's Scotland with Hamish Macbeth
Summary: READ! A! BOOK! Seriously, it'll provide a wonderful break from your day and Margaret has some very good suggestions.
Still Advocating: Taking a Break? Not Sure I Know How
Summary: Hmm, taking a break seems like a great idea. All Laurie has to do is see if she can fit it into her busy schedule.
Expat Mamma: Taking a break from taking a break: no more writer's block
Summary: Claire's problem will seem familiar to a lot of people: She procrastinates. But on Sept. 13, 2014 she's declared she's going to stop. For good.
Old Single Mom: "break:" noun, verb, or both
Summary: J.A. just happened to be on her first three-day break in 10 years when this week's theme was announced. She writes about what she took a break from, and what she didn't.
Lipstick, Lollipops & Life: Top 10 ways of taking a break for family summer fun
Summary: Julia takes a break from sometimes being happy with some ways to always be happy in honor of "Family Fun Month," which is a real thing.
Nails On A Chalkboard: Depression: Social media doesn't help--let's all take a break from it
Summary: Just because social media is here to stay, doesn't mean it's a good thing. Brigit looks at what life might be like if we left our screens behind.
Gifted Matters: 50 ways to take a break now
Summary: School is starting so Rhonda preemptively gives suggestions on taking a break to the tune of "50 ways to leave your love"
Illinois Outdoors: "Taking a Break" from the outdoors
Summary: Most people take a break from their busy lives to spent time outdoors. For Don, it was just the opposite.
Cubs Insider: Kris Bryant is Taking a Break from Reality
Summary: The Cubs' top prospect is putting up absurd numbers in the minors, and he'll no doubt help the Cubs take a break from losing.
Whistling While We Work: How to break from something you need and want?
Summary: The 24-hour news cycle never ends. Unless you take a break from it, as Jeremy is trying to do.
My Spirited Girl: Learning the value of doing nothing
Summary: Angela loves to keep busy, but this summer she came to the realization that one of her daughters doesn't quite work that way.
Cancer Is Not A Gift: Reaching out one more time
Summary: Kerri explains why, after a quiet summer, she's done taking a break from her blog.
Dry it in the Water: Why I Don't Have a Cell Phone
Summary: If you can believe it, Brett is taking a break from his cell phone. Not for a few hours ... for good.
The Vociferous Envoy: Life After Death
Summary: After months dealing with the aftermath of the death of his father, Charles writes about how he's exhausted and needs some time off.
Vegan & Gluten-Free: Easy and Economical: I Want A Government Job With No Attitude
Summary: When workers who are being paid by taxpayers don't seem to care, maybe it's time for them to take some time off.
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