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 »

For my daughter before she goes to the scary place

My dear daughter, Soon you will go to the scary place. You know it is a scary place because you are scared. You are scared because you do not know what happens in the scary place. You are scared because you have to go to the scary place alone. You have to go to the... Read more »

Every princess makes me feel like a failure

Every princess makes me feel like a failure
There are a lot of things about my daughter that most people wouldn’t categorize as “girly.” She is rough-and-tumble and has the scrapes and bruises to show for it. She collects cicada skins. Her favorite Star Wars characters are Stormtroopers. (She has favorite Star Wars characters.) She enjoys sword-fighting with her brother. She loves her... Read more »
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The Warmth of Other Suns reveals a "mirage of equality" in America

I recently read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. The full title of the book is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. The book is a non-fiction exploration of how and why six million black people left the American South over the course of six decades in... Read more »

OMG It's August!

I don’t mean to alarm you, but it’s August. Seriously. I know. it shocked me too. It can’t be August. We’ve only been to the beach once and that was months ago. It can’t be August. I still have a long back-to-school to do list. But it is August. When summer fun converges with sweater... Read more »

Why I didn't vote for Hillary in 2008 and why I'm with her now

Why I didn't vote for Hillary in 2008 and why I'm with her now
I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008. A lot of that had to do with liking Barack Obama, but I’m ashamed to admit that there was another influencing factor. I didn’t want to vote for Hillary because she is a woman. It wasn’t that I didn’t think a woman should be President of the... Read more »
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New information but no answers in my identity theft case

New information but no answers in my identity theft case
Between having my identity stolen and that pesky heart condition I’m having quite a year. I wrote about getting answers regarding the latter. Recently I got more information about the former, but sadly that information doesn’t provide any answers. The detective in Bloomington, Indiana who investigated my case said that he talked to several stores... Read more »

"Mom, why can't girls show their nipples?"

My son asked me, “Why can’t girls show their nipples?” (Well, technically he asked me, “Why can’t girls show their pimples?” After a few seconds of confusion I figured out what he meant.) My daughter has asked me a similar question in the past when we were at the beach and she wanted to know... Read more »

Women's Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test

Women's Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test
The Women’s Theatre Alliance New Play Development Workshop Showcase is Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 PM at City Lit Theatre (1020 W Bryn Mawr Avenue) in Chicago. The showcase features seven new plays with a focus on female characters. Some are short plays that will be performed in their entirety; others are full-length plays from... Read more »
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I'm perfectly healthy except for this pesky heart condition

I’ve always been perfectly healthy, in spite of myself. After blood work, each test result falls right into the desired range. Although my weight has fluctuated it has typically stayed within the “normal” BMI range. I’ve never had broken a bone, had a serious illness, or needed surgery. I still have all of my wisdom... Read more »