Get psyched for October with a Halloween GIF dance party

Get psyched for October with a Halloween GIF dance party
It’s almost October, which means its time to transform this site it to its seasonal variation, Listing Toward Halloween. Hooray! It’s about to be a party! (An on-line, largely text-based party, but a party none the less.) Gloss up your reading glasses and get your ghoulish groove on! Last year, I did something a little... Read more »

40 creepy starting sentences for stories about librarians

‘Tis the season to write spooky stories, and it seems like someone was looking for some specific assistance that my blog could not provide. I noticed that a search term that brought someone to my blog was “creepy starting sentences to start a story about a librarian.” Well, sadly that person had to go away... Read more »

The truth about millennials

The truth about millennials
The truth about millennials is millennials are the worst. Millennials are awful. Millenials are annoying. At least that’s what the hashtags and the memes tell me, and I believe them. After all, millennials are people, and there are a lot of awful, annoying people out there. It stands to reason that at least some millennials... Read more »
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I remember we used to forget

I remember we used to forget. We’d forget facts and phone numbers, who wrote a certain book, how to convert centimeters to inches, who won the Super Bowl in a given year. We forgot a lot of things and had no easy way of finding them out quickly. There was no Google or even Alta... Read more »

Fall boots from my fashion wish list

Last year I ordered some red boots but returned them because I didn't like the style in person. Dare I try again?
To misquote George R.R. Martin, “Fall is coming.” Although I love the beach and other warm weather activities of summer, from a fashion perspective I much prefer fall. I’m anxious to start wearing sweaters, tights, jackets, scarves, and BOOTS! I’ve been browsing Zappos (not sponsored just a fan) in search of a potential new pair of... Read more »

Cardiac ablation: Paying someone to burn my heart from the inside out

After months of waiting, I finally had my cardiac ablation. I won’t keep you in suspense: It went well, and I’m okay. It was, however, an interesting experience, so read on for my reactions and reflections. I was told to report to the hospital at 6:30 AM. Rather than getting the entire family ready super... Read more »
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Another summer of not going to the beach enough

Another summer of not going to the beach enough
I had said this would be the year. This would be the year when we wouldn’t get to the end of the summer and realize that we hadn’t been to the beach as a family or had only been once. After all, we went to the beach on Memorial Day weekend. We were off to... Read more »

The Chicago murder rate is tired and wants some time off

Hey, boss. Thanks for seeing me. No, I don’t mind if you eat your lunch while I talk. Is that from downstairs? It smells good. Anyway, I have a personal request. I hope it’s okay. I was wondering if I could take the end of the year off. Like a sabbatical. I have some vacation... Read more »

Hacker stock photos swapped with working mom stock photos defy stereotypes

Which are more cliché: stock photos of hackers or stock photos of working moms? Stock photos of hackers tend to feature people in hoodies (presumably men) using computers in dark, shadowy places. Typical stock photos of working moms show frazzled women working, usually while holding a baby. Enough with the stereotypes! Women (even mothers) can... Read more »
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I am a Pilates convert

I have recently discovered that I love Pilates. I had been looking for a way to get back into exercising. I used to love Bikram Yoga, but the process of going, doing a 90 minute class, showering, and coming home meant I needed a two-and-a-half hour block of time to do it. My evenings and... Read more »