What A Body's Good For

​I ran a marathon last Sunday: my second-ever in life, my first in over seven years, and my first race longer than a 5k since giving birth 3.5 years ago. I only signed up a few weeks ago, but I’ve been running a steady 3-4 times per week since January, thinking in the back of... Read more »

Stop Saying You Quit Your Job Because You Don't Want To Miss A Single Moment

If you are a woman of child-bearing age, you have almost undoubtedly listened to a friend or neighbor or sister-in-law explain to you in great detail exactly why she decided to quit her job (or never get one) so that she can tend house and take care of her kids. If you are polite, then... Read more »

Family Planning For Lawyers

Four months into first job out of law school, at a big firm, I found myself at an unexpectedly fancy dinner with a major partner at my firm and several employees of a new and very important client. This dinner was somewhat unusual in that we were eating in a private home, and being served... Read more »
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Faking It For 31 Years

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly “Blogapalooza” hour in which bloggers are given a prompt at 9:00 pm and required to post their words by 10:00 pm.  Here is this month’s prompt: Write about something you know now that you wish you knew then. When I was in elementary school, the first, second, and... Read more »

BYU's Honor Code Controversy: Putting the Criticism in Context

In recent weeks, Brigham Young University came under fire for enforcing its Honor Code in a way that discourages victims of sexual violence from reporting crimes and incentivizes predators by punishing victims for Honor Code violations uncovered during the investigation of an alleged sexual assault. Conduct prohibited by the Honor Code ranges from dressing immodestly, to drinking or using drugs, to engaging in consensual... Read more »

Made Up

Something weird happened when I took maternity leave after my daughter was born three years ago. No, I’m not talking about the weirdness of transitioning from 10 hour workdays to 20 hour ones (I remember thinking we got lucky, because our daughter slept for four hours at a time) or from suits to nursing tanks... Read more »
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Garbage People

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly “Blogapalooza” hour in which bloggers are given a prompt at 9:00 pm and required to post their words by 10:00 pm.  Here is this month’s prompt: Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand. I live next door to a garbage transfer station.... Read more »

Poison Pen

Remember the old stereotype that successful business women are ice cold, cut throat, bitchy, and difficult to work with? Growing up in America, where career women in movies and on TV were always the villain, until they met a man who got them to let their hair down and relax already, I certainly internalized that... Read more »

Liar, Liar

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly “Blogapalooza” hour in which bloggers are given a prompt at 9:00 pm and required to post their words by 10:00 pm.  Here is this month’s prompt: Write about a time you told a lie.  Well that’s a loaded topic, particularly for a career-minded blog like mine. I could... Read more »
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The Witching Hour

Ask any parent about the witching hour, and they’ll give you a knowing look. Look close enough, and you’ll see it, a slight shiver, like they’re remembering something unpleasant, or maybe it’s just cold in here. The witching hour strikes at different times in different houses. It might come at four o’clock, or maybe at... Read more »