Archive for May 2014

A nice girl says goodbye to a bad boss

A nice girl says goodbye to a bad boss
“We’ll miss you.” Those words have been said around here a lot lately. Don’t think they mean anything. It’s a reflex. Like saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes or “Fine” when someone asks “How are you?” When someone retires people say, “We’ll miss you.” To be absolutely clear I, for one, will not miss... Read more »

The five phases of caring for sweaters

It’s time again to store most of my sweaters until next fall and winter. That means it’s also time to stop the denial I have about adequately caring for my sweaters. Below is a confession of how my laundry techniques devolve over the the life of a sweater: The five phases of caring for sweaters.... Read more »

"The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy" is a must read for women online

The Smart Girl’s Guide to Privacy by Violet Blue is an important book for all women to read, especially those who are active online using social media and other websites. The book explains the risks associated with sharing personal information and describes how you can protect your data and yourself. The book also gives advice on what... Read more »
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An airport security poem based on Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

For all of you who will be traveling on airplanes this summer here is a little poem about the TSA screening process and airport security. Sadly, it is still applicable years after I first wrote it. #200119491-002 / gettyimages.com Scaerrorwocky (Based on Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll) ‘Twas boardtime and the Ti Assay Did screem the... Read more »

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns

City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns
Chicago: City of Big Data is an exhibition being presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation from now until the end of the year. The title City of Big Data is a play on the moniker bestowed on Chicago by Carl Sandburg, “City of Big Shoulders.” The exhibition focuses on how the City of Chicago uses... Read more »

20 incredibly short bedtime stories for kids

When my son started asking me to make up bedtime stories I was thrilled. I’m a creative person. This would be fun. I told him bedtime stories with original characters, complete plots, and practical morals. Then my son started asking for five or more bedtime stories each night. That was a little more improvisational storytelling... Read more »
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What would the Internet be like without net neutrality?

What would the Internet be like without net neutrality?
They used to burn books. Now they throttle bandwidth. I remember when the entire Internet used to be slow. Not just parts. Or at least it felt slow as its bits and bytes and packets tried to squeeze through a loudly beeping 2400 baud modem. When I got my first 56K modem it seemed lightning fast. I was... Read more »

Listen to Your Mother: The beauty of backstage

Listen to Your Mother is an annual event that in 2014 extended to 32 cities. The Listen to Your Mother shows have the same common goal: “giving motherhood a microphone” by giving a chance for anyone who is a mother, has a mother, or knows a mother to read an essay about motherhood in front... Read more »

On the next episode of AMC's Mad Men: A generic teaser trailer

On the next episode of AMC's Mad Men: A generic teaser trailer
On the next episode of AMC’s Mad Men… Someone is upset about something. Someone yells at someone. Someone makes a concerned face. Someone talks on the phone. Someone asks, “What?” Someone stands near a door. People wear period clothing in period settings. We are reminded that Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone once called Mad Men “The greatest... Read more »
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Letter to a new mom: The secrets of motherhood

ChicagoNow bloggers are joining forces today in support of new moms as they celebrate their first Mother’s Day. Dear new mom, Happy Mother’s Day! Of course, within the Maternal Sisterhood we like to think of every day as Mother’s Day. Over the next weeks and months I will be sending periodic letters indoctrinating you with... Read more »