Archive for 2012

Whole Foods Is An Organic 7-Eleven

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately at a big Whole Foods not too far from my apartment here in Chicago. It’s got a cozy atmosphere, yummy black tea, and Wifi decent enough to set me up for a productive work day. Yesterday, I arrived a few minutes early for a meeting in their... Read more »

Goodbye, My Friend. I Will Love and Miss You Always

When you grow up in a small town, it’s hard to have only one best friend. Instead, it’s more like being part of a big, rowdy, slightly dysfunctional family that’s filled with lots of brothers, sisters and cousins who gently and sometimes not so gently bump into each other. You take risks, soar and fall,... Read more »

I Blame Nancy & Peter Lanza for Sandy Hook, Though I Know It's Wrong

Like just about every parent with a TV or Internet connection, I’ve been searching for answers as to why a 20-year-old named Adam Lanza murdered 26 adults and children in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14. I’ve blamed the NRA and the monstrosity of a gun lobby. I’ve blamed our State and... Read more »
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Leann Rimes Has Got Nothing on This Stepmother

Dear StepMonster, Hey Lady, remember me? I’m the gal you treated like the gunk on the bottom of your shoes way back when I was a teenager. How’s it going? I’m absolutely thrilled we’re reconnecting, since there are so many things I’ve wanted to say to you. First, though, let’s take a little walk down... Read more »

Sex Challenge Number Two: Are You Mom Enough?

Last Wednesday, three 30-something married heterosexual women, all moms, set out on a mission to go where no mom had gone before. Well, maybe some had but not many, I can guarantee you that. Meeting the challenge before us would require mental tenacity, inner resolve, and perhaps some very good lubrication. The goal? To have... Read more »

I'll Be Home, Hacking Up a Lung, For Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa

I'll Be Home, Hacking Up a Lung, For Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa
I used to consider myself a healthy person. Sure, I’d come down with a cold every now and then, but after a day or so I’d be back in reasonably good shape. This holiday season, all that has changed, as I’ve been hit with the grossest, slimiest, achiest, wheeziest, juiciest bout of god-knows-what I’ve ever... Read more »
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Sexy Time: Are You Mom Enough for this Challenge?

Sexy Time: Are You Mom Enough for this Challenge?
Something really weird has been happening to me lately. Everywhere I go, moms want to talk to me about sex. At kids’ birthday parties, the gym, the grocery store, the car, play spaces, over coffee, via Facebook IM, anywhere you can imagine – mamas want to bare all about getting busy. Going for the gusto.... Read more »

Holidays & The Broken Family: When Thanksgiving Is Goodbye

Holidays & The Broken Family: When Thanksgiving Is Goodbye
The holiday: Thanksgiving. The year: 2002, three months after I had started dating the guy who would become my husband. I had taken the Amtrak train from NYC to DC for what I’d hoped would be a peaceful day with my mother, brother, and his family. But, as always, I was apprehensive. For our entire relationship, things rarely... Read more »

General Petraeus Had an Affair: Who the Heck Cares?

General Petraeus Had an Affair: Who the Heck Cares?
Another American hero took a tumble this week as news emerged that General David Petraeus, head of the CIA, had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. It seems clear that he cheated. But do we simply write him off as a dirtbag because he had sex with someone other than his wife? I’m not so... Read more »
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Jonah Hill is a Dick Wad for Insulting 12-Year-Old Girls

Finally, the election is over. Now let’s get back to discussing important current events, like the fight on Twitter between CNN’s Don Lemon and actor Jonah Hill. Don Lemon tweeted: “Said hi to jonah hill in hotel. Think he thought I was bellman. Didn’t know his name till bellman told me. A lesson to always be kind.”... Read more »