My top eight CISA exam anxieties

Next week I take the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam**. A lot of people have told me I have nothing to worry about, that I should have no problem passing the exam. When I told some coworkers that I’ve started doing 100 practice questions a night they said I’d “definitely be fine.” I didn’t... Read more »

This is my procrastination post

This is my procrastination post. I should be writing something else or doing something else or at least sleeping, but instead I am writing this post. This is my procrastination post, but I wonder, is this your procrastination post, too? Are you reading this when you should be reading something else or doing something else?... Read more »

Why say Jared Fogle had "sex with minors" but Molly Shattuck "raped?"

Former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to 48 weekends in jail for raping a teenage boy. Most headlines about the case use that word: rape. This is correct because sex with a minor is statutory rape. Period. Why then do headlines about Jared Fogle use the terms “underage sex” or “sex with... Read more »
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Memories of my bad college apartment

In Pittsburgh people love to wax nostalgic about things that aren’t there anymore. There is even a PBS documentary about Pittsburgh things that aren’t there anymore. Well, the bad college apartment that I shared with Punk Rock Palate is now a Pittsburgh thing that isn’t there anymore. A friend who lived in the same apartment... Read more »

I survived Navy Pier during the Chicago Air and Water Show

I survived Navy Pier during the Chicago Air and Water Show
Whenever we drive down Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier comes into view my boy asks, “When are we going to go on that Ferris Wheel?” I always say something non-committal like “Someday.” This has been going on for years. Literally years. Well, my husband and I finally fulfilled that promise, but it involved going... Read more »

#blackolivesmatter, or the peril of misreading a hashtag

#blackolivesmatter, or the peril of misreading a hashtag
Why do I use that hashtag? Because I’m tired of ugly prejudice tainting this beautiful country. I’ve always been uncomfortable when people around me–often friends who I otherwise respect–start spouting hate, and I’m finally speaking out about it. You “hate” black olives? Why? Do you really feel that way, or are you just echoing things... Read more »
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20 things Facebook likes may really mean

20 things Facebook likes may really mean
If you post something on Facebook there is a good chance that someone will click the like button, but what do those Facebook likes really mean? Sure, sometimes someone clicks the Facebook like button to say “I like this,” but what if they click like on a picture of your loved one who died or... Read more »

Recipe for Chicago Park District online enrollment success

Recipe for Chicago Park District online enrollment success
Some people use their fast clicking skills to buy concert tickets right when they are available online. As a parent, I do the same thing with Chicago Park District online enrollment. Certain classes like gymnastics fill up quickly, so I need to be ready to click right when enrollment begins. I’ve been waitlisted before, and... Read more »

True stories of Chicago Police sexism and abuse of power

True stories of Chicago Police sexism and abuse of power
Playwright and actress Sarah Pitard remembers her interactions with the Chicago Police Department and wonders how they relate to news stories about police brutality across the United States. These are her words, which she calls “The Chicago Misogynistic P.D., a Prototype of Urban-American Policing.” One day, coming home from rehearsal in Chicago, a man tackled... Read more »
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To the coworker on my commute: Please leave me alone

Hello, coworker. I’m sorry if I don’t look happy to see you, but to be honest I’m not happy to see you. You have violated the neutral zone between work and non-work. I know you did not mean to do this. It’s an unfortunate coincidence of time and space that you ended up commuting in... Read more »