Archive for November 2013

10 ways to get the most out of Black Friday

10 ways to get the most out of Black Friday
I was a Black Friday shopper for many years. I’d get up early (but not doorbustingly early) then revel in the hustle-bustle of the official start of the Christmas shopping season. Oh, and I’d buy a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff. Then I realized that I wouldn’t have bought many of the things... Read more »

I don't care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner

I don't care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner
Most of the time I try. I try to feed my children a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables. I try to feed my children a variety of foods. I try to limit sugar. I try and often fail, but I try. But I don’t care what my children eat for Thanksgiving dinner. I... Read more »

Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day

Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day
This post is adapted from something I wrote years ago for a now long abandoned blog, but in spirit of a busy holiday season in which the best way to maintain one’s sanity is to cut a few corners, I am unapologetically recycling much of it. For all the fuss I make about Halloween and... Read more »
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Toy drive: Help Care for Real spread joy to kids in need

Toy drive: Help Care for Real spread joy to kids in need
For a lot of people the holidays are a time for joy and excess. For others the holidays only emphasize what they don’t have. As Edgewater’s food pantry Care for Real spends most of its time focusing on providing people with basic needs: food, clothing, and help finding jobs, but each holiday season they also... Read more »

Elf on the Shelf revealed to be part of secret NSA spying program

Elf on the Shelf revealed to be part of secret NSA spying program
Top secret documents leaked by former contractor Edward Let-It-Snowden reveal a previously unknown NSA program code-named SANTA (Securing America’s Noel Toy Allotment). A key component of the SANTA program is the use of hidden recording and transmitting devices in Elf on the Shelf dolls. The Elf on the Shelf dolls allow the NSA to secretly monitor... Read more »

40 really awful writing prompts that no writer should use

Writer’s block can be frustrating. When some writers don’t know what to write they turn to writing prompts, little stubs that can be used as a starting point for their own ideas. Since I haven’t made a 40 item list in a while I decided to help all the frustrated writers out there by making... Read more »
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A STEM girl's confession: I was bad at math too

A STEM girl's confession: I was bad at math too
The response to my post about why you should stop saying you are bad at math was mostly supportive, but it still dredged up the exact sort of enraging comments that inspired the post in the first place. A few women, some of them friends who I otherwise admire, chose to reply with jokes or excuses along... Read more »

Illinois legalizes same sex marriage, now my neighbors can get married

My neighbors are getting married. I’ve known this for a long time, but in the eyes of the state of Illinois they were just getting civily unionized. What the hell is that? But once Governor Quinn signs the bill (expected tonight) Illinois will become the 15th state to allow same sex marriage, so my neighbors... Read more »

Girls aren't bad at math and neither are you

Girls aren't bad at math and neither are you
Stop saying you are “bad at math.” Just stop. I don’t understand how otherwise well-educated people can be so comfortable casually proclaiming their lack of knowledge of a basic subject. In America saying “I’m bad at math” is a common joke. It’s almost a humblebrag. How did we let ignorance become funny? Imagine this interaction occurring... Read more »
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