Mister Rogers is the neighbor we still need

Mister Rogers is the neighbor we still need
I cried seeing the trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor? in the theater a couple of months ago, so I knew I’d be emotional when I saw the documentary. I had no idea what I was in for though. I loved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood when I was a kid. To say he was my one... Read more »

Blogging isn't sexy, but I love it and ChicagoNow is my home

Blogging isn't sexy, but I love it and ChicagoNow is my home
I began blogging on July 1, 2007 on Blogger because I wanted to create a place on the internet that celebrated what was good in life and I was curious whether anyone would read the randomness that stumbles out of my brain. Even in the halcyon days of 2007, social media and, more generally, the... Read more »

My memories of Orbit Skate Center will roll with me forever

My memories of Orbit Skate Center will roll with me forever
When I learned in February that Orbit Skate Center would close permanently on March 31, I knew I had to lace up a pair of rental roller skates and roll around their rink one last time. I learned to roller skate on my sidewalk with my BFF Mary when I was five. My first pair of skates... Read more »
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10 signs you might be middle-aged

10 signs you might be middle-aged
The other day I ran into a neighbor, and we spent 15 minutes catching up about the recent ailments and surgeries of our neighbors. This sounds like gossip, but we live in a condo building and everyone looks out for each other, so having these conversations is essential. As I walked away, I realized that I’m... Read more »

The "Me Too" posts about sexual harassment and assault upset me at a visceral level

The "Me Too" posts about sexual harassment and assault upset me at a visceral level
Have you seen the “me too” posts that have appeared all over Facebook in the last 24 hours? The posts started thanks to this tweet from Alyssa Milano. If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017 I initially hesitated... Read more »

Sammy Gardner: February 24, 2012 - July 4, 2017

Sammy Gardner: February 24, 2012 - July 4, 2017
Sammy Gardner was born in Chicago on February 24, 2012. He was one of three kittens, two boys and a girl, born that day to a mom I’ve never known anything about. When he and his siblings were found by volunteers from the Illinois Animal Rescue within a few days of their birth, their mom... Read more »
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Is my headshot a gigantic lie?

Professional Headshot. December 2014. © Audia.net
Like most people who use LinkedIn or have a professional presence, I had a professional headshot taken two years ago. While the photo is beautiful and I love it for a million reasons, I struggle with whether or not I’m being honest by having this photo out in the world as a representation of me. Like... Read more »

Once upon a time, flying United really was flying the friendly skies

Once upon a time, flying United really was flying the friendly skies
Like the entire country, I’ve been riveted to and horrified by the story of Dr. David Dao being assaulted and dragged off a United Airlines flight between O’Hare and Louisville for the grievous offense of being unwilling to give up his seat on an overbooked United flight. Today we learned that Dr. Dao has a... Read more »

Hey! Hey! What do you say! The Cubs are gonna win today!

Shannon and me with 5 million of our closest friends at the Cubs' World Series Championship Parade!
Today is Opening Day for the 2017 Major League Baseball Season and it finds the World Series Championship Cubs playing against their perennial rival the St. Louis Cardinals. The truth is that I have no idea whether the Cubs will win tonight. I certainly hope they do because like any good lifelong Cubs fan, I... Read more »
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I thought I was practicing mindfulness, but I wasn't mindful enough

I thought I was practicing mindfulness, but I wasn't mindful enough
As I do about once every few months, earlier this week, I ventured out to drop off a bag of non-perishable groceries and personal care items to the local food pantry at my township office. I had a number of errands to run before a doctor’s appointment and was focussed on checking off items on... Read more »
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