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Thank you to my sponsor: My husband

I’m going to the BlogHer ’14 conference in San Jose this weekend. I am incredibly grateful to my husband whose sponsorship makes this possible. My husband is not my financial sponsor. He and I contribute close to the same amount to our household income. We put most of our money in joint accounts to cover... Read more »

Social media makes me feel like a mother again

Social media makes me feel like a mother again
Today I am proud to share a guest post by my mom, Jaloo Zelonis. I graduated from high school, went to college, got a job, got married and raised a family long before the Internet became available or social media became popular. For most of my adult life, I was geographically separated from my mother,... Read more »

Video: "A Working Mom's Confession" from Listen to Your Mother

Video: "A Working Mom's Confession" from Listen to Your Mother
I had the privilege of being in the 2014 Chicago cast of Listen to Your Mother. It was an incredible one performance only show, but those of you who weren’t there can now have the second best thing. Videos from this year’s LTYM shows are now available on the Listen to Your Mother YouTube channel.... Read more »
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Work-life balance is an over-simplification

Work-life balance is an over-simplification
When people talk about work-life balance they are usually talking about how much time a woman spends working on her career versus spending time with her family. One imagines a two-sided scale with family on one side and job on the other. If you don’t have enough time for one side you move it from... Read more »

In defense of bad photographs

In defense of bad photographs
People love good photographs. The ones where everyone’s hair looks great and so do their smiles. The ones with the artistic composition. People love good photographs. They share them online. They make them profile pictures and computer wallpaper. They may even print them and frame them or use them as Christmas cards. But what about... Read more »

I got stung by jellyfish and didn't realize for 4 days

The first time I was stung by jellyfish I realized it almost immediately. I was vacationing on Edisto Island, South Carolina with some friends. Cathy and I were in the water when I felt something hit and partially wrap around my thighs. I understand that being in the ocean means dealing with things in the... Read more »
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Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Alisa Jordan of No Bags to Check

ChicagoNow bloggers were assigned other ChicagoNow bloggers to interview. I got Alisa Jordan of No Bags to Check, which is generally a travel blog except for this month when she is promoting Alzheimer’s awareness. I’m not sure how our community manager decided which blogger should interview whom. Perhaps he assigned Alisa to me because he... Read more »

Not engineers or executives: The other women in tech

When people talk about “women in tech” they usually mean female engineers or women who have risen to positions of executive leadership, but there are a lot of women in tech who are neither of those things. Analysts and project managers are to “women in tech” what stay at home moms are to the general feminist... Read more »

Good neighbors make good fences

“Good fences make good neighbors.” That quote from the Robert Frost poem “Mending Wall” is often used to express the way people use fences to create a barrier between them and their neighbors. I’ve found, however, that sometimes fences can bring neighbors together. When we moved into our house there was a short, rusty, chain... Read more »
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7 interesting people to follow on Twitter

7 interesting people to follow on Twitter
Last year I posted a list of 40 interesting people to follow on Twitter. At the risk of offending many of my unlisted Twitter friends (who are incredibly interesting to me but possibly less so to the public in general), here are seven more interesting people to follow on Twitter. Well, technically six people to... Read more »