Posts tagged "Personal"

Listen to Your Mother Show: Be careful what you wish for

I am honored to have been selected for the cast of Listen to Your Mother Chicago 2014. I’m honored and nervous but perhaps not for the reason others in the cast may be nervous. I’m not nervous about being on stage. I’ve been doing theatre on and off for more than 30 years. I’m more... 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 »

Snow days for grown ups are different

Snow days for grown ups are different
Today wasn’t exactly a snow day. The nearly 3 feet of snow that fell in Chicago since last Tuesday finally stopped late Sunday night. Today was a day shut down due to extreme cold. A freeze day? The polar vortex-inox? (Please don’t call it Chiberia) Regardless of what you call it a lot of people... Read more »
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What's in a blog name?

What's in a blog name?
I started this blog as a challenge to make forty item lists for the forty weeks leading up to my fortieth birthday. That was all I was thinking about at the time. I didn’t expect that I’d want to post anything beyond the weekly lists. I was incredibly wrong though. I didn’t even make it... Read more »

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 »

For kids a perfect day doesn't have to be perfect

I like to take the kids to Millenium Park to splash in Crown Fountain every year. It’s a fun and uniquely Chicago thing to do on a warm summer day, but this year the season had slipped by. Suddenly it was Labor Day weekend, and we hadn’t been to Crown Fountain yet. We decided to... Read more »
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I feel guilty about pantyhose

I feel guilty about pantyhose. I don’t wear them. I haven’t for years, but I still feel guilty. Something about going to work with bare legs just doesn’t feel professional. I blame US Steel. It was my first real job. Although the mills had a casual dress code (that usually got covered up fireproof “greens”... Read more »

It's my last day of work, I'm crying and angry

It’s my last day of work and I’m crying. I’m not crying because I will miss my job. It wasn’t very challenging anyway. I’m not crying because I’ll miss the people. I don’t tend to get very close to most work people. I’m crying because I’m angry. I’m angry that no one cared enough to... Read more »

I sexually harassed my NSA polygrapher

There is a hotel near the Baltimore airport where National Security Agency (NSA) recruits stay. Some are linguists. Some are computer scientists. Some are security experts. Most are introverts. At night everyone uses their dinner vouchers sitting at one person tables around the perimeter of the hotel dining room. It is quiet. Everyone reads or... Read more »
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"What would you do if you weren't afraid?" My Lean In epiphany

I didn’t expect to cry when I saw Sheryl Sandberg at BlogHer. I haven’t even read Lean In, the book by the Facebook COO about what women have to do to succeed. I haven’t even read many of the articles about Lean In. I tend to be turned off my mass movements. Still, I cried... Read more »