About your future family: A letter to my second child

About your future family: A letter to my second child
Dear Future Kid: Hello! My name is Christy, and I’m going to be your mom someday. I don’t know when you might arrive, or how — you haven’t been formed yet. But I believe in your future as part of our family. I believe I’ll get to take you home and be your parent for... Read more »

Strength, courage and love at the end of the sidewalk

Strength, courage and love at the end of the sidewalk
Throughout my wife’s pregnancy, I would read to our unborn baby before going to bed. Sometimes it would be a fairy tale. Sometimes it would be the Berenstain Bears. Sometimes it would be one of the thick baby books meant more for chewing than reading. But my favorite thing to read to our baby were... Read more »

Not how the picture is supposed to develop

Not how the picture is supposed to develop
I had just this image in my head: I would finish a race–maybe this time it was a 5K; next time it would be a marathon–and I would walk over to my where my husband was waiting for me and scoop my baby from his arms and give my little boy a kiss. I’ve envisioned... Read more »
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An ode to running for two

An ode to running for two
I started running when I was in junior high, and for 20 years, running has been my “thing.” I stink at most sports — definitely anything involving a ball or any other implement — but I can run. Which is fantastic, because running doesn’t demand good weather, or equipment other than good shoes, or rounding up other people... Read more »

On rocking chairs and panic attacks on my 33rd birthday

On rocking chairs and panic attacks on my 33rd birthday
I spent the night before my 33rd birthday building a rocking chair. Gray. Nice fabric. Comfortable. Full of splinters when putting it together. A fairly typical rocking chair. I fit the pieces together, inserted screws so that it couldn’t turn into a Transformer on a whim and placed it in the corner of our nursery. Today... Read more »

Really getting real: Another letter to my unborn kid

Really getting real: Another letter to my unborn kid
Dear Kid, Hi again! It’s your future mom. Whew, this is quite a journey, isn’t it? I feel like we’ve been going for about a year and a half, even though it’s been only 7 months and some change. You seem as antsy as I am; I think we sometimes we both feel like asking,... Read more »
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Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Floyd Sullivan of Waiting4Cubs

Floyd Sullivan is the author of the ChicagoNow blog, Waiting4Cubs. As a fellow Cubs fan, I had plenty of questions for him regarding our favorite baseball team. JOE GRACE: What is your favorite Cub memory ever? FLOYD SULLIVAN: Most of my Cub memories are absolute horrors (I was at the Brant Brown game in Milwaukee,... Read more »

Sorry in advance and other thoughts: A letter to my unborn kid

Sorry in advance and other thoughts: A letter to my unborn kid
Dear Kid: Hello! How are you? I’ve read that you are the size of a mango this week. Good for you! Keep on growin’. This might be a bit premature, but I’ve been doing some thinking over the past few months, and I wanted to write you a letter before your dad and I meet... Read more »

Up for debate: Noah and other upcoming 2014 films

Up for debate: Noah and other upcoming 2014 films
Every once in awhile, the writers at Going for Gusto will have an email back-and-forth on a particular subject. This time, we’re discussing the upcoming movies in 2014, including Noah, which was released today. JOE GRACE: OK. Here we go again. Another great email chain debate. This time, we’ll be talking about what movies people... Read more »
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Now on DVD: The Wolf of Wall Street energetic, blisteringly fantastic

Now on DVD: The Wolf of Wall Street energetic, blisteringly fantastic
For the sake of full disclosure, I should admit that I more or less worship the ground that Martin Scorsese walks on. I consider him one of the finest filmmakers both working today, and of all time. The man breathes cinema, pure and simple (seriously: no one can talk so eloquently about the art form,... Read more »