Archive for February 2014

Friend request unacceptable

This is part of my Fiction Friday series. “He doesn’t even know me. All he knew about me was that one comment, which he completely misinterpreted, but suddenly this guy has a PhD in everything that’s wrong with me and feels it’s his duty to let me and everyone else know. I hate Facebook.” “True, but sometimes... Read more »

An Oscars drinking game but with exercise

Hammervision posted a 2014 Academy Awards Drinking Game. It was fun to read, but I don’t plan to play along. I’m a bit too old to have a Hollywood awards show dictate my alcohol consumption particularly on a Sunday night. Couldn’t there be a healthier way than an Oscars drinking game to make the Academy... Read more »

How I got beyond my fear of losing control

How I got beyond my fear of losing control
For the monthly ChicagoNow Blogapalooza bloggers are given a topic to write about at 9 PM and publish a related post at 10 PM. Tonight’s challenge was “Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any aspect of your life.” Autonomy has been fairly constant in my life well before... Read more »
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Donna Day supporters fund childhood cancer research, choose hope

Donna Day supporters fund childhood cancer research, choose hope
Today is Donna Day. A day for Donna. This is a day when bloggers unite to raise money for childhood cancer research in honor of Mary Tyler Mom‘s daughter Donna. No, I won’t be asking you to leave cheerful messages for Donna in the comments. Donna will not read this. Donna died in 2009. She was... Read more »

Requiem for good mornings

The train is especially crowded today. Many oblivious upright turtles* jostling for space without even an “excuse me.” The rudeness is ignored, expected, as people allow their bodies to be nudged into them-shaped gaps. Most would not hear the niceties anyway with their ears full of music loud enough for me to hear but too quiet... Read more »

Olympics: Bronze medal winners are happier than silver medal winners

A friend made a comment about members of a certain women’s Olympic hockey team (no spoilers) looking pretty sad after losing their final game at Sochi, which meant winning the silver medal. I was reminded of research I heard about two years ago during the Summer Olympics that said bronze medal winners are happier than... Read more »
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7 tips for cheap and easy party decorations

7 tips for cheap and easy party decorations
Pinterest sets unreasonable expectations for party decorations. If you are the sort of person who plans to carve radishes in the shape of your child’s favorite cartoon character and sew custom chair covers to match your theme this post is not for you. If you just want some tips for cheap and easy party decorations that... Read more »

My best friend is a book and she's dying (again)

This is part of my Fiction Friday series. “My best friends are books.” It’s the sort of thing a lonely person might have on a t-shirt. For me it’s true. My best friend is a book. Before she was a book my best friend was my wife. She was smart and funny and energetic and beautiful until... Read more »

STEM education for girls: Too little, too late, too pink

STEM education for girls: Too little, too late, too pink
Girls are underrepresented in STEM fields, but how can we get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math? To date many STEM education initiatives have taken the sex ed approach. Girls are isolated from the boys and given their own, gender-specific, introduction to coding, building, and problem solving. The intentions are good, but... Read more »
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10 unconventional mother-son wedding dance ideas

Have you seen the epic mother-son wedding dance video in that starts out conventionally (to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”) then Surprise! switches to a montage of different songs and choreographed dances to go with each of them? It’s very cute. If you haven’t seen it here is the video: As a former choreographer and current... Read more »