What I want my kids to know about the Pride parade

What I want my kids to know about the Pride parade
We took our kids’ to their first Pride parade yesterday. Our reason for waiting until this year (when our kids are 6 and 8) had nothing to do with being concerned with exposing them to the LGBTQ scene. We were simply concerned with logistics. Concerned that we would be wedged into a crowd in the... Read more »

Book Review: The Wild Book by Margarita Engle

Book Review: The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
My daughter chose The Wild Book by Margarita Engle because she loved the cover. I could tell the book would be too hard for her (a kindergartener) to read herself, but we always check out some library books that I will read to her. I didn’t know anything about the book when we got it. It turned out... Read more »

End of school anxiety for my 6-year-old

My daughter came into my bedroom this morning. I don’t know the exact time, but definitely before 5:30. Normally if she came into my room at that time I would tell her to go back to her room. To go to bed or play quietly. But it was clear something was wrong. It wasn’t a... Read more »
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A spoiler-free list of all the times the Wonder Woman movie made me cry

A spoiler-free list of all the times the Wonder Woman movie made me cry
Um, have you seen the Wonder Woman movie? I saw it last night, and it was as awesome as I had heard. The movie brought tears to my eyes, sometimes out of sadness but usually due to pure elation. I want to share that experience, but I realize that not everyone has seen the movie, which... Read more »

Summer hasn't officially started, but I already feel it slipping away

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 30. Supposedly. That’s the solstice sure, but the feeling of summer starts on Memorial Day weekend, particularly if the weather is cooperating as it largely has been in Chicago lately. By that measure we are a week and a half in to summer, and I already feel like I’m wasting... Read more »

40 women whose stories should be told more often

At the Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain spoke out about the need for more female storytellers. She said watching the portrayals of women in films at the festival was “disturbing.” You can see her full remarks in this video (as tweeted by director, writer, and producer Ava DuVernay). Say that, @jes_chastain. pic.twitter.com/H7QHnEE5JA — Ava DuVernay... Read more »
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Airplane etiquette: If you accept a drink voucher do you have to use it?

Last week I was flying for work and ended up in a middle seat. As we were all getting settled, the man in the aisle seat said he had a drink voucher and asked me and the man in the window seat if either of us would like it. Window seat spoke up quickly that... Read more »

40 gender-neutral alternatives to saying "you guys"

Is “you guys” a gender-neutral term? I must admit that I have a habit of using it as such. I grew up with The Electric Company and then The Goonies, which both proudly used the phrase, “Hey, you guys!!!!” I didn’t think much about if for a long time, but is it offensive and exclusionary... Read more »

Here's to the ladies who pump

A piece in The New York Times about the premier of Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut included this quote from new mom Tamblyn, “I’m going to sneak out in the middle of the movie tonight to go pump.” As I read that I nodded in solidarity. Years after retiring my own breast pump I still feel a... Read more »
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Preview new plays at the Women's Theatre Alliance Scene Showcase

Preview new plays at the Women's Theatre Alliance Scene Showcase
My new play is so new it isn’t even completely written, but you can see a couple of scenes from it in The Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago’s New Play Development Workshop Scene Showcase. Scenes from six new plays will be performed this Wednesday, May 17th at Stage 773 at 1225 W Belmont Avenue in Chicago.... Read more »