Posts in category "Advice"

Steven's Theatre Etiquette for Dummies (or "Madam, would you KINDLY shut your trap?")

Steven's Theatre Etiquette for Dummies (or "Madam, would you KINDLY shut your trap?")
Imagine you’re at the movies: silence reigns supreme while you watch the new Tyler Perry epic, only to hear the person next unwrapping their Sugar Daddy with volume equitable to the H-Bomb going off? Have you been trying to watch the latest revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Jennifer Lawrence and Lin-Manuel Miranda... Read more »

Stop using gay and retarded as slurs - NOW!

Stop using gay and retarded as slurs - NOW!
At a convention a few weeks ago, I heard one of the attendees use both “gay” and “retarded” as slurs. Mind you, this was attending a philosophy convention, populated with people who hold individual rights as inviolate and are, at the core, rational people. I was so stunned that, quite unlike my usual habits, I... Read more »

"Whatever Happened to Personality?" or "Steven, You're Nuts!"

"Whatever Happened to Personality?" or "Steven, You're Nuts!"
“There is a fine line between genius and madness because they share the same genes, scientists have found. Psychologists have discovered that creative people have a gene in common which is also linked to psychosis and depression.” – Richard Alleyne, The Telegraph “Steven, you’re nuts!” – A co-worker In this age of bland political correctness... Read more »
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When Harry Didn't Meet Sally: The 5 Steps of Dealing with Disappointment

When Harry Didn't Meet Sally: The 5 Steps of Dealing with Disappointment
We’ve all been there, folks. You’ve planned, sweated, prayed, and done your darndest to turn glass into gold, but your best efforts have been thwarted. You get excited about a party, only to have it cancelled at the last minute because of an axe-wielding clown. Hell, even politics are filled with could’ve and should’ve beens! (Well,... Read more »

Dating, Men, and Communication: When will they grow the balls to say "you're not the one?" (Dear Steven, Column #2)

Dating, Men, and Communication: When will they grow the balls to say "you're not the one?" (Dear Steven, Column #2)
Dear Steven: “Why is it after a date, men don’t text me back. We have a great time, we laugh and smile and have a blast but they don’t communicate with me after that. Is it something I did? And on that note, why is communication lacking. Why don’t they have the balls to tell... Read more »

The importance of voicing your opinion

The importance of voicing your opinion
With impending elections, a rogue Olympic charlatan dancing his life away, and people taking a knee during The National Anthem, there is a lot to be frustrated with in this world. It’s hard to feel like a small fish under the din of the crowd, fighting to be heard and make a difference. Thought I... Read more »
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Why I love wearing lipstick and why anyone who laughs at that should 'stick it'

Why I love wearing lipstick and why anyone who laughs at that should 'stick it'
Indulge me in a quick flashback: When I was about four or five years old, I was browsing the costume shack at Sonny Acres Pumpkin Farm in West Chicago. The year was approximately 1995, many years before the current acceptance of a person’s free will in defining their gender. I bounded excitedly towards an exquisite... Read more »

Lollapalooza, Ravinia, or bust: 5 tips for surviving the Chicago outdoor music festivals!

Lollapalooza, Ravinia, or bust: 5 tips for surviving the Chicago outdoor music festivals!
“There are many very famous open-air festivals…in America…some [people] just lie on the grass, others bring elaborate picnics, and some young women even nurse their babies. And all of these people are able to hear a first-class concert under the stars.” – Christa Ludwig, Opera Singer Outdoor music is a quintessential part of the American summer.... Read more »

Pass the Port: A Paean to the Pleasures of the Casual Cocktail

Pass the Port: A Paean to the Pleasures of the Casual Cocktail
Picture this: I’m sitting at home with my mother, who is in the other room bed with James Garner. We have just eased into that brilliant moment, usually between eight or nine, when you feel your soul settle and the malaise of sleep beckons in the near future. Suddenly, our quiet revelry is interrupted by... Read more »
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Enough is Enough! How to live a better life with LESS

Enough is Enough! How to live a better life with LESS
“So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money?” – Ayn Rand Let’s face it, we live in a society of those who have money and those who ain’t. Presidential nominees and obese senators can tell us that the time of class warfare is... Read more »