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I don't meditate, but I do breathe

I don't meditate, but I do breathe
Recently I’ve been breathing. Yes, technically I’ve been breathing my whole life, but recently I’ve been breathing strategically. It’s been helping me relax and focus. The only downside is that is that I don’t always remember to do it when I need it most. (The strategic breathing, that is. Luckily, the normal, life-supporting respiratory process... Read more »

I'm good at coming up with ideas

I'm good at coming up with ideas
I’m good at coming up with ideas, particularly ideas for things to write. Blog posts, plays, short stories, books. I have so many ideas I’ve largely stopped writing them down. I’ve always been this way. I remember being in a creative writing class my sophomore year of high school (a.k.a. a really long time ago).... Read more »

10 reasons why living with children is like being in a haunted house

Ah, the pitter-patter of little feet. Sure, it could be the sound of adorable children coming to give you hugs, but it could be the sound of a group of hell creatures coming to eat your soul. Some nights it can be hard to tell the difference. Is there a difference? Being a parent is... Read more »
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Social media and a friend from college who was not my college friend

Last weekend I got to spend time with a friend from college. To be specific, she is a friend I know from college, but we were not friends when we were in college. There was no dramatic reason why we were not friends. She was a few years ahead of me. We were in the... Read more »

3 books I don't want my children to read

“Growing up, we were allowed to read any book in the house,” writes Maria Casale in her essay for the New York Times titled “This Book is Too Old for You.” The piece has prompted some online discussion about whether or not parents should censor what their kids read. Reading those comments prompted me to... Read more »

It's public parenting season

I consider myself to be a pretty involved mom. I read with my kids. We bake cookies. We go to the park. We make pictures and write journals. We snuggle a lot. However, because of my work schedule there are certain things I do not do. I rarely drop my kids off or pick them... Read more »
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Scattered thoughts about my tomorrow

Scattered thoughts about my tomorrow
I’m not sure what to wear tomorrow. I am going straight from work to a poetry-writing-workshop/wine-tasting/Ethiopian-dinner. I wasn’t supposed to have any meetings outside the department, which would have meant I could be pretty casual, but a meeting I was supposed to have today got moved to tomorrow. I need to find something both appropriate... Read more »

Do terms like 'cyber attack' prevent good computer security practices?

According to research by David Hauser, describing cancer as an enemy that needs to be fought reduces the extent to which people focus on preventive behaviors such as changing their diets. Hauser’s work seems to indicate that describing cancer in terms of war and battle metaphors focused people on direct attack actions and made them... Read more »

The mystery of the abandoned cupcakes

When I saw four Whole Foods cupcake in our work refrigerator last Monday I did not realize they would become the key figures in a mystery that I would obsess about for the rest of the week. The cupcakes were there when I put my lunch away on Monday morning. I figured they were one person’s... Read more »
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Yes, I am jealous of your books

Yes, I am jealous of your books
My friend Julie Hammerle from the Hammervision blog announced that her first novel is being published. I’m happy and excited for her. But, yes, I am also a little jealous and not just of Julie. There is a whole list of ChicagoNow bloggers who are also book authors. You can see the list here. The list... Read more »