Listen to Your Mother Show is ending but not going away

Ann Imig starting “giving motherhood a microphone” with the first Listen to Your Mother Show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010. Since then the show has been performed in 54 cities. Despite the name, the people who read personal stories at Listen to Your Mother shows are not necessarily mothers, but all the stories reflect on mothers... Read more »

3 reasons I became one of those people who put food in storage containers

3 reasons I became one of those people who put food in storage containers
I used to think that people who put the food in their pantries and cupboards in storage containers were borderline-OCD neat freaks. Or I figured they must be the type of people who buy their food in bulk and use the storage containers to create more easily stored portions of of their warehouse store buys.... Read more »

I hate writing bios

I have to write a bio. I hate writing bios. To be clear, by “bio” I mean a short biographical statement such as might appear in a press release or show program. An autobiographical statement in this case since I need to write one about myself. I’d probably have an easier time writing one about... Read more »

My son gave me a Minecraft world for my birthday

My world is called "Happy birthday mom."
Minecraft is a video game that allows people to build things out of cubes. There is a lot more to it, but that’s the basic idea. My son loves Minecraft. Although I don’t like all the screen time or how he and his sister sometimes fight when they do Minecraft together, I am always impressed... Read more »

How Twitter got me an off-menu Pittsburgh sandwich for my birthday

What is a Pittsburgh sandwich? Pittsburghers know them as Primanti’s Brothers sandwiches because that’s where they originated. What makes the Pittsburgh sandwich unique is that the cole slaw and fries are served on top of the sandwich. The story is that make it easier for the trucker drivers to eat; however, it makes for a... Read more »

Does losing weight count less if you weren't fat enough before?

In the past six months I’ve lost 20 pounds. I’m pretty darn proud of myself. I’ve been eating less and exercising more. (The latter was easy since I barely exercised before.) I’m not only thinner; I’m fitter. I feel good about my body for the first time in years. But right now, at this moment, I’m... Read more »

I did not take my laptop on vacation (but I considered it)

I told the manager for the project I’m leading that I had vacation scheduled but planned to bring my laptop. She very specifically told me not to bring my laptop on vacation. Because she hasn’t worked with me long, I’m pretty sure she thinks I am a workaholic who can’t unplug. I guess it’s an... Read more »

Is getting older giving me a hangover?

I’m sure a lot of people will read that headline and assume this is about losing my tolerance and getting worse hangovers as I get older. That happens too, but this is about something far more cruel. It’s something I thought was only happening to me, but when I mentioned it to a coworker he... Read more »

Why it's bad Congress voted to remove internet privacy protections

Why it's bad Congress voted to remove internet privacy protections
Both the Senate and House passed a resolution to roll back FCC internet privacy protections. I’ve seen a variety of reactions to this. Because I saw a lot of unequivocal dissent, but I saw other comments as well. A few of my friends basically said, “This sounds bad, but I don’t fully understand why.” And... Read more »

More on the "plight" of women playwrights

Last month I wrote about how few women playwrights have won Pulitzer Prizes, but still, when I saw pictures of Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel on the front of the A&E section of my Sunday New York Times I was shocked as to why. Nottage and Vogel, two of the people on that very short list... Read more »