Archive for September 2012

Women In Negotiation: Fearful or Fabulous?

Women In Negotiation: Fearful or Fabulous?
Earlier this week I got to dust off my negotiation training hat for two different events and oh boy, were they eye-opening, interesting and fun. I discovered a few things about women in negotiation that I’m excited to share with you here. First let me tell you about the events. Saturday’s was a workshop at... Read more »

Orgasms in a Box, Batteries Included.

Moms, it’s time we talked about the crisis in our lives. No, it’s not the one happening in our schools. It’s taking place right at home, in our very own bedrooms, and it requires a swift course of action. The predicament? Our sex lives suck, and not in the good way.  The solution? Bedroom Chemist, a sexy... Read more »

I am the 47 Percent, Mr. Romney

“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement.”      -Mitt Romney,... Read more »

Chicago Teachers' Strike Continues & Parents Are Unhappy

Teachers in the nation’s third largest school system will continue to strike this week, after Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) delegates refused to call an end to the walkout. If you’ve been following the negotiations, like most of us here in Chicago have been, this development is likely to come as a surprise. All weekend there’d... Read more »

Dear Friends: Please Don’t Shit on My Facebook Wall

I love to debate. Seriously. Ask hubby, who will tell you that I can argue about anything. And, happily, winning isn’t the endgame for me, no matter what the topic. Show me where you’re coming from, and I will listen. I will ask good questions, and I might even – holy cannoli – change my... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Strike: Issues on the Bargaining Table

This morning, I joined a couple of other Chicago mom bloggers on an eye-opening conference call with Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief education advisor for CPS, and Becky Carroll, CPS’s chief communications officer. I learned about how the negotiations are going, what the sticking points are, and how the strike looks on their end. Now I’m back at my desk, as... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Strike: Resources for Families

Wow, what a tumultuous night for Chicago families, teachers and city leaders. As more information about the negotiations comes out, it gets harder to determine who’s to blame. Schools without air-conditioning or libraries, teachers working longer hours and feeling inadequately compensated, a city that’s basically bankrupt, a need for reform that includes teacher evaluations; no... Read more »

Keeping A Promise

About two years ago, after leaving a job that had tremendous potential but not much else, I picked up a laptop and started writing. I loved to write as a kid, but after seeing and experiencing so many horrors, and then being told they never happened, I guess you could say I lost my voice.... Read more »

My Lifelong Food Fight

My Lifelong Food Fight
As a little girl, I was obsessed with the notion that people could transform their bodies. I’m pretty sure it all started when I watched the film The Incredible Shrinking Woman back in 1981. In it, Lily Tomlin plays your typical suburban mom who, after being exposed to a funky chemical in perfume, shrinks down to the point where... Read more »