Posts in category "Catholic Guilt"

John Paul II - The Saint Has Finally Marched In

John Paul II - The Saint Has Finally Marched In
This post from April seems appropriate to rerun today~All Saints Day. St. John Paul II was canonized today, along with St. John XXIII. As a Catholic kid we were taught to adore the saints. As third graders, we each chose a saint, studied him/her, discovered their patronage (what cause they represented) then wrote a paragraph... Read more »

Home Is Where The Heart Is

The dining room table where most debates took place is right behind us.
Once a month, ChicagoNow Bloggers are given an hour to write about a topic.  The exercise is supposed to prove we can tap out quality within the sixty minute time frame. Most months, the only thing it proves to me is I can’t keep up with a goddamn deadline. Last Wednesday’s topic: “Write about a... Read more »

CPS School Closures: Knowing Before Going Is For Pansies

CPS School Closures: Knowing Before Going Is For Pansies
Chances are your kid is home from school today. And, chances are you have known about said cancellation for days. My heart breaks for today’s generation.  Our kids are spoiled rotten. Everything is instant. As parents we have to know everything NOW.  And the children suffer. Thanks to Google, kids today will never know the agony of... Read more »
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Oprah Armstrong Interview: Upstaged by George Glass' Grandaughter

Oprah Armstrong Interview: Upstaged by George Glass' Grandaughter
Hold on to your goddamn hat cause this shit is starting to get really, really, really real. Can you for one minute wrap your head around the steam coming out of the Harpo Executive offices this morning?  Can you even fathom the pounds of sweet potato fries consumed by one “comfort eater” last night? Let’s... Read more »

Handmade Gifts For Your Parents: You Know You Grew Up In The Seventies if These Were Under The Tree

Nothing said Happy Holidays better than a clay ashtray did in the seventies.  Light 'em up and smoke 'em if you got 'em...here is an ash tray lovingly kneaded by your first grader.  God Bless Us Everyone.
Yes, Virginia…there is a Santa Claus…and long before The Oriental Trading Company…teachers had pretty impressive imaginations. For the donation of a buck (to cover the cost of supplies), little elves spent the last week before Christmas Vacation working their fingers to the bone in order to provide the perfect gift for the parents. Way back... Read more »

Chick-fil-A: Everyone Has An Opinion

Chick-fil-A: Everyone Has An Opinion
I don’t care if you are a member of Team Adam & Eve or Team Adam & Steve. You are entitled to your opinion and the right to eat a delicious chicken sandwich where ever you choose ~ the closer to home the better. More importantly, based on the Constitution, Americans are encouraged to express... Read more »
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Last Rites: If there is a way to screw them up, our family will find it...

Last Rites: If there is a way to screw them up, our family will find it...
  Part lll #6 –the calm, cool and collected Chong– spoke for all of us as he fought back tears, clenched his fists, and avoided his turn…instead, he gasped, and then bellowed, “oh, no…are you fucking kidding me?”.  His reaction to Dad’s appearance once we finally arrived at the Hospice Center really said it all.  As the baby... Read more »

Good Grade Incentives...

There is quite a bit of scuttlebutt regarding kids in the news this week…kids getting paid for good grades…kids becoming bullies if they have been (gasp) spanked at some point in their lives…kids fed up with greasy pizza and nuggets boycott the cafeteria…kids pushing the new girl in town who dared to date the quarterback to suicide. I... Read more »

Mom's Taxi At Your Service

I can officially add “chauffeuring the boy on a double date” to my list of things I never thought I’d take part in.  I was informed the day before he would not be joining us for his birthday dinner as he had other plans for this particular night. Like anything with this kid–information is often... Read more »
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Catholic School...I Survived!

Today is the 33rd annual Kickoff Parade at Lincoln Elementary.  Each year the school chooses a theme.  Usually something simple–something used as a tool to guide the course of the school year.  A postcard comes home in early August tipping us off as to what outfit we should put together for the parade.   Kids... Read more »