Posts tagged "chicago"

Chicago Author & Playwright Keely Flynn Talks About Life Beyond the Picket Fence

I am so thrilled to share the Q&A I recently conducted with Chicago author and playwright, Keely Flynn. With a number of successful plays behind her and a book in the works, Keely is showing that yes, even married moms can rock the artistic world. See here how she compares buying a home to having a baby, why 20 and 30- somethings... Read more »

Hadiya Pendleton Is Killed in Chicago Days After Performing at Obama Inauguration

This letter is by my friend and colleague, Tamara Kaldor. Dear Chicago Parents, President Obama, Governor Quinn & Mayor Emanuel, This morning, I awoke to the news that Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year-old Chicago girl, had been murdered by a spray of bullets in a neighborhood park. Only days earlier, she had performed at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony.... Read more »

Can I Get a Recount? Why The 2012 Presidential Election Should Continue Indefinitely

Can I Get a Recount? Why The 2012 Presidential Election Should Continue Indefinitely
Many of you are eager to find out whether Obama or Romney will win the 2012 Presidential Election, which apparently has been one of the most expensive and nastiest in history. I have to admit that I’m not ready for the fun to end. Trust me, no one is more surprised by this development than... Read more »
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Change a Life: Open Books Needs Our Help

Calling all Chicago Parents! Do you know how we’re doing all we can to make sure that our kids’ creativity is blossoming? Open Books, one of our city’s coolest nonprofits, is doing the same for underprivileged kids all across Chicago.  And now they need our help. Every week, Open Books hosts adventures in creative writing field trips to schools... 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 »

My Baby Girl is Leaving... For Kindergarten

My Baby Girl is Leaving... For Kindergarten
Boy, does time fly. It seems like just yesterday my daughter was a wee little girl, happily frolicking with her friends on the swings at Astor Park. Now, in what seems like the blink of an eye, she’s about to go off and start a new and independent phase of her life, one in which... Read more »
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Mom Confessions: I Feel Old

Mom Confessions: I Feel Old
I felt old yesterday, a rare occurrence, even though I’ll be turning 39 later this year. My clash with reality took place at Vidal Sassoon, where an absolutely stunning 22-year-old stood behind me with her hands resting gently on my shoulders, poised to give my raggedy hair a desperately needed trim. Dressed in a style I’ll call... Read more »

Chicago Crime Surges: Is It Time for Families to Leave?

Chicago Crime Surges: Is It Time for Families to Leave?
As I gaze out of my apartment window here in Chicago wondering where, and not when, the next random shooting will take place (23 last night alone), I can’t help but recall a quote by Martin Niemöller that graces the entrance to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. “First they came for the socialists, and I did not... Read more »

Should She Leave an Unhappy Marriage? Moms Weigh In.

Should She Leave an Unhappy Marriage?  Moms Weigh In.
I’m constantly surprised by readers’ reactions to the real-life stories we share on Families in the Loop, and this week was no exception. The hot topic this time was whether a mom in an unhappy marriage should leave her husband. He is the sole breadwinner of the family and has already proved that he’ll make... Read more »
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June’s Scary Skinny List

Summertime is upon us, and these Hollywood starlets have clearly spent way too much time getting ready for bathing suit season. Are you ready for June’s Scary Skinny List? As you know, I’m not trying to be snarky here. I’m just stating the obvious since no one else seems to want to: These gals are horribly,... Read more »