Posts in category "News & Views"

How you react to The Dress reveals more than just how your eyes work

How you react to The Dress reveals more than just how your eyes work
Yesterday was a weird day on the internet. Things were normal, but then I stepped away for a while to pick up my kids. When I returned, my Twitter feed was full of llama talk. Like, literally every post was llama-related. I backtracked to see what was going on, and apparently some llamas escaped from... Read more »

Why I won't be live-tweeting the Oscars

Why I won't be live-tweeting the Oscars
When my husband and I were heading downstairs to watch the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show on Sunday night, I grabbed a glass of water and an ice cream sandwich. I did not grab my computer or my phone. I, a person who has live-tweeted everything from The Walking Dead to the presidential debates... Read more »

40 Bags in 40 Days, Day 1: The dreaded kids' closet

40 Bags in 40 Days, Day 1: The dreaded kids' closet
As I mentioned in my intro to this 40 Bags in 40 Days project, I was starting with the hard stuff. That would be…dun-dun…the kids’ closet. The meat of the closet wasn’t the problem. I have a dresser in there for off-season clothes, and the stuff on the shelves is still necessary/wanted and fairly neat.... Read more »
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My Lenten Promise (again): 40 Bags in 40 Days

My Lenten Promise (again): 40 Bags in 40 Days
Last year, I announced to the world that I was going to take the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge during Lent. I made it, oh, about 13 days, which is actually not bad followthrough for me. I’d've guessed that I’d have quit that bitch by day seven, at least. Going into Lent this year,... Read more »

I can sympathize with the anti-vax movement

I can sympathize with the anti-vax movement
I remember the day my son got the MMR booster shot. He was fifteen-months-old; and before the appointment, I got on Facebook and opened up a discussion with a friend who has older kids. “Talk me down,” I said. “Tell me I’m doing the right thing. Tell me he’s not going to get the autism... Read more »

My love-hate relationship with Timehop

My love-hate relationship with Timehop
Like many internet dwellers, I was sucked in by the lure of Timehop at the end of last year. If you don’t know what it is, Timehop is an app that “hops” back in “time” every day and tells you what brilliant thing you did on social media one, two, three, four, five years ago.... Read more »
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Dear Angel Person Who Found Our Keys...

Dear Angel Person Who Found Our Keys...
I wrote a few weeks ago about how sometimes it feels like the universe is looking out for us, keeping us from causing ourselves too much harm. But sometimes it’s not the universe. Sometimes it’s just a kickass person who goes out of their way to help someone instead of ignoring the situation. On Monday,... Read more »

On the writing process

On the writing process
This week, our fearless ChicagoNow leader, Jimmy Greenfield, asked us to write about our writing processes. I’ve read a lot of writing books over the years, and oftentimes the author will get into the whole “process” thing. “I wake with the birds at 5:30 AM; and after my second cup of coffee, I grab my... Read more »

Amy Poehler says, "Treat your career like a bad boyfriend," and I'm inclined to agree with her

Amy Poehler says, "Treat your career like a bad boyfriend," and I'm inclined to agree with her
For the past few days, I’ve been reading Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please. It’s lovely and fun and thoughtful and a great companion to Tina Fey’s Bossypants. Now all I need is a Maya Rudolph memoir and my life will be complete. I read a chapter yesterday that was called “Treat your career like a... Read more »
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What American Sniper can teach your kids

What American Sniper can teach your kids
American Sniper made a lot of money. Its CinemaScore is an A+. Paddington only got an A, probably because there was a distinct lack of Bradley Cooper beefcake in that movie. Apologies to Lord Grantham. You’re cute too. For the past few days, however, conversation around American Sniper hasn’t revolved so much around its quality... Read more »