The post that never appeared

Quite a while ago I wrote a post that stood on its own I was 18. A drama in two acts. Act I. While I fully intended to write a follow up post…it has not been forthcoming. That first post dealt with a sexual assault that happened to me as a freshman in college. It was not... Read more »

I was 18. A drama in two acts. Act I.

Act I Trouble surrounded me like the dust that circulates around PigPen. It wasn’t that I instigated things. I was a product of my environment and did what I could to get by. And please don’t feel sorry for me, I was a rich kid with rich kid problems. I was smart, but didn’t have... Read more »

Someday when we have money...

Back when I had a full-time job I used to occasionally buy a lottery ticket. And while I was waiting for my numbers to somehow magically come up, I would daydream about what I’d do if I actually won. My most extravagant desire was to have a big party (after we’d fixed up our house and added a new... Read more »
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Welcome back that old friend. Life is short... connections are meaningful.

We all know someone who falls off the radar for a time. For some of us, we ARE that someone. Take me, for example. I haven’t posted much lately. Yet here I am… coming back like a bad penny (seriously, what makes for a bad penny? Every penny is worth exactly the same.) Your friend... Read more »

Don't stop at one day. And don't stop with your Mom.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, as I’m sure you know. And while you’re out shopping for that perfect Hallmark card and the ideal bouquet to tell your mother (or wife or whomever) how much you love and care about them, I ask you to take a moment to ponder all the other mothers in your life... Read more »

What to do when you feel a blog post coming on...

There you are. Maybe you’re driving home after a long day…. or you’re talking to a friend… or you’re rethinking you’re healthcare plan, when *it* sets in… this nagging feeling. It’s slightly irritating at first. You think it might just be a tweet… or a Facebook status update. So you brush it off. But it... Read more »
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An invitation to move more: the MOVEmber MOVEment

I feel inspired to improve myself in the month of November. So instead of ‘No-Shave-November’ I am doing my own MOVEmber, where instead of growing a mustache (which I can totally do without trying (thanks hormones!)) I am going to focus on MOVEment.  While diet is super important, I think it is equally important to... Read more »

It's our 21st anniversary, and all I got for my husband is this lousy blog post.

The blog post should really be the new traditional anniversary gift for 21 years of marriage. Brass will tarnish. And nickel needs to be cleaned and cared for (I assume). But blog posts last forever and require no care or maintenance! This post is for you, mi amor. No wrapping. No ribbons or bows. Just a few... Read more »

My eating disorder is the best friend I ever had

Dear Reader: The following is my submission for our Blogapaloozaa hour, an event wherein we bloggers at ChicagoNow have one hour to write and post on a topic. This week’s challenge was to write on an obsession that we used to have, so I chose to write about one that became an addiction: food. I... Read more »
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When you're just starting to realize the freedom of an empty nest and your husband reminds you he's in it, too

I spent the last 22 years of my life taking care of my children, feeding them, clothing them, getting them to school, taking them to the doctor, buying school supplies, etc. In the later years a large part of that has been providing support in their activities – rides to soccer games for which I... Read more »