Why using a fake name won’t keep you anonymous online

There is a lot of chat online about whether CNN (or anyone) should reveal the identity of an offensive meme generator who uses the online name of “HanAssholeSolo.” Whether or not this person’s identity is revealed remains to be seen, but it reminds me of something I wrote for the now-defunct website PrivacyTest.com. Since the... Read more »

My 25 most rewatchable movies of all time

Over the weekend* I saw a post from FiveThirtyEight supposedly listing The 25 Most Rewatchable Movies of All Time. They polled people and come up with a list that was topped by Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, The Lord of the Rings, and Gone with the Wind.  As tends to... Read more »

My bad career choice made this all possible

Advice I often give people is don’t be lured into taking a job just because you will make more money. There is always another job offering even more money. If salary is your measure of success you will never be content. I think it’s good advice even though if I hadn’t been lured to take... Read more »
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The deja vu of Chicago's tree-lined streets

I had an appointment after work, so instead of getting off at my usual L stop and walking down the tree-lined street that leads to my house, I got off at a different L stop and walked down a different tree-lined street. Chicago has a lot of tree-lined residential streets. Many of them look quite... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »