Category: Blogapalooz-Hour

Grimly determined to create Happy Holidays

ChicagoNow’s Evening Blogapalooz-Hour!Here is tonight’s challenge:“Write about something you believed as a child or in your youth that turned out not to be true.” “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Growing up, I was sure I was going to be The Best Christmas Mother Ever. I would be baking seventeen kinds of cookies to share... Read more »

Old College Avenue merges into Memory Lane

Blogapalooz-hour: “Pick a song (or songs) that has special meaning to you and explain why” My first thought is “Thunder Road”, which has about the best opening line of any song, ever: The screen door slams  Mary’s dress waves  Like a vision she dances across the porch  As the radio plays… I mean, come on.... Read more »

A Moment Captured

Blogapalooz-hour: Write about a time somebody made you feel special.  Well shoot. How lucky am I that I’m sitting here trying to whittle it down to just one time? I’ve spent the last ten minutes playing a greatest hits montage of lovely moments where someone has, by word or deed, given me that gift. When I... Read more »
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Word to the Mothers

Blogapalooz-Hour Challenge: “Write about something in your life you’d like a second chance at” One thing? I’ve got an hour (well actually 40 minutes, because I was making school lunches when the 9:00 start time hit) and I can only write about a something I get a second chance at? What about the 999 others?!... Read more »

Running Down a Dream

ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour!: “Write about a time you worked very hard in your life at something.” I’m not an athlete. I’ve had the “it only happens in movies” experience of being picked by default for sports teams, crossing the finish line of a cross country meet dead last, and feigning injury through the entire volleyball season in... Read more »

Make Mine a Double...Scoop

Bloogapalooz-Hour: “Write about one or more of your food/eating preferences or habits that you or others may find unusual or quirky.” I don’t know when it started; certainly I was old enough to know better, but once I started,  stopping was simply not possible.  At first, it was just a secret indulgence now and then,... Read more »
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Blogapalooza: The Tears of a Clown(ish Professional)

Blogapalooz-Hour assignment: “Since rules are made to be broken, write about rules you routinely break or want to break” Social work is serious business. In my twenty (plus) year career, I have worked in Adoption, Patient Advocacy, Hospice, Oncology, Mother/Baby, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Pediatrics. I routinely the win the “I have the best dinner... Read more »

Exercises In Fertility: If I knew then what I know now...there would have been more dancing

Fertility treatments are decidedly unsexy. Sure, there’s lots of nudity, discourse about intercourse, and exposing your nether regions to interested parties, but still has the effect of making one feel like hunkering down in baggy sweats and getting intimate with no one other than Ben, Jerry, and/or Jim Beam. My husband and I engaged in... Read more »