Archive for January 2015

February: The James Madison of lunar-based calendar segments

It is popular online to describe things in terms of other things. Something may be the Ryan Gosling of pita chips or the Khloe Kardashian of bed bug eradication services or the Connecticut of Rhode Island. I decided to have some fun with events coming up in February by labeling them as comparisons to other... Read more »

There was a woman reading Life of Pi at the beach

For Blogapalooz-Hour ChicagoNow bloggers are given a topic and have one hour to write and publish a post about it. Tonight’s prompt is “Write about a time you experienced a remarkable coincidence or witnessed something unexplainable.” There was a woman reading Life of Pi at the beach. She was our angel. For years my friend Jay... Read more »

I don't care about the Super Bowl (or football) anymore

I used to be a huge NFL football fan. Sundays were days for meeting friends at noon EST and watching the early game then the late game then NFL Primetime (later to be replaced by Sunday Night Football). I felt joy when my team won. I felt physical pain when my team lost. In either... Read more »
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The problem with how I write

The problem with how I write
I love writing, but it can be a problem. Writing takes up too much of my time. Time when I need to be doing other things. To control this somewhat I have told myself that I should not write more than two blog posts a week. Most weeks I write three. The week before last... Read more »

Plagiarism: You are still stealing even if something is easy to take

Plagiarism: You are still stealing even if something is easy to take
I know a lot of bloggers and other online content creators, and not a week goes by without someone saying that some of their work, their intellectual property, has been stolen. It may have been an image, a video, a recipe, or a blog post. It happens all the time, and it is wrong. Yes,... Read more »

Fighting the urge to have large birthday parties for kids

My son wants a small birthday party this year. I should be thrilled. I should be rolling around on the bed in a pile of the money I’m going to save. So why am I having to fight an urge to make his birthday party bigger? My son has often had fairly big birthday parties.... Read more »
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Learning to code is NOT the new literacy

People keep promoting the need for everyone from kids to mid-career professionals to learn how to write computer code. The argument is that in the very near future (if we aren’t there already) learning how to code will be as important as learning to read and write. An article in Mother Jones asked, “Is Coding... Read more »

Dear teacher, please help out this clueless mom

Dear teacher, If my child should bring shoes other than snow boots for the field trip please tell me that. Do not assume that I will just know because clearly I do not. You sent a paper bag and said we should pack her a lunch in it. My husband did that. We can follow... Read more »

Breaking up with Pittsburgh is hard to do

Breaking up with Pittsburgh is hard to do
I lived in Pittsburgh for 14 years. That’s longer than I’ve lived in any other place. Even though I moved around a lot growing up, I didn’t have plans to leave Pittsburgh. If I didn’t have to move I don’t know if I would have. The road to my departure started when I applied to a graduate... Read more »
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My one-word resolution: Progress

For weeks now I’ve seen people writing about having one-word resolutions, choosing one word to summarize what they want out of the coming year.  That’s great for them, I thought, but I can’t roll everything I want from 2015 into one word. I need an entire uber list. Then, after seeing yet another one-word resolution... Read more »