Groundhog Day 2: Christmas Again

Groundhog Day 2: Christmas Again
She woke up on December 26th, and it was Christmas Day. That is, it should have been December 26th when she woke up, but instead it was Christmas again. The exact same Christmas that she had lived the day before. A lot of people would be thrilled for Christmas Day to get stuck in a... Read more »

In defense of Christmas cards

In defense of Christmas cards
I love getting Christmas cards. I know a lot of people celebrate Christmas but don’t send cards. They complain about the time it takes to do them, or they say Christmas cards are a waste of money. That’s fine. I don’t think anyone should do more than they want to during the holidays. However, I... Read more »

The holiday spirit flowed through me

I’m not a big fan of Christmas and the holiday season in general. All the pressure to be joyful seems pretty naive if you pay attention to the news. The world is shit, but for one month everyone is supposed to ignore that and hang up shiny decorations and buy presents no one needs. I’d... Read more »
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Dear Snopes, I knew about the Elf on the Shelf and the NSA a year ago

Dear Snopes, I knew about the Elf on the Shelf and the NSA a year ago
Snopes is a useful website for debunking or confirming rumors and urban legends. I value Snopes articles for being able to thwart popular misconceptions, but the article I saw this morning debunking a rumor that the Elf on the Shelf is a tool of the National Security Agency (aka the NSA) disappointed me. No, I... Read more »

8 smart podcasts to get you through Serial withdrawal

8 smart podcasts to get you through Serial withdrawal
Serial is a highly addictive podcast in which a reporter investigates a murder case over the course of 12 episodes. Since this is a post in which I recommend podcasts I will start by saying that if you haven’t listened to Serial, you should. However, if you are already one of the millions of Serial... Read more »

A new coworker and an empty office on Christmas Eve

Using the empty office seemed like a good idea at the time. I mean, I know that open work environments are all the rage and that they are supposed to be great for collaboration and stuff, but the lack of privacy is going to take some getting used to. Besides, all they have me doing... Read more »
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I believe in butter: A baker's manifesto

I believe in butter: A baker's manifesto
A while ago ChicagoNow bloggers were challenged to write a post about what they believe in, possibly in the style of Crash Davis’s “I believe…” speech from Bull Durham or maybe the “This I believe” segments on NPR. I thought that was a great prompt, but I believe I was too busy that week. Besides,... Read more »

Elf on the Shelf as a justification for murder?

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, My distinguished colleague painted a harsh picture of my client as a Christmas villain worse than Scrooge and the Grinch combined, a lunatic who would kill someone for giving her a Christmas present she didn’t like. What my colleague failed to mention was the nature of that unwanted Christmas present. The gift (if... Read more »

The saddest Christmas song ever

The saddest Christmas song ever
A lot of Christmas music is playful or religious, but there are also some really sad Christmas songs. Some are bittersweet. “I’ll be home for Christmas” tends to make me cry, but other Christmas songs are downright depressing. Nat King Cole sang  ”The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot.” That song includes the not-so-festive lyric... Read more »
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Older kids often overlooked in toy drive donations

A few years ago I helped set up for the Care for Real toy drive distribution day. This involved sorting donations by age and placing them on the appropriate tables. The age range with the most gifts was 0-3. Those toys were piled onto a row of tables with many more waiting in back for replenishing throughout... Read more »