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Thank You, Gigi, For The Bridges You Built

“I wish we could just stay here all night.  Next time we come, can we stay all night?” My daughter said that the other day as we made our way to the front desk of the Evanston Public Library to check out our books. Evanston has a fantastic library with a really nice kid’s section. ... Read more »

The Society for Creative Anachronism: I went to an SCA event, it was as dorky as I thought it would be, and I LOVED it

The battlefield.
When my sister asked to take my kids to an event being held by the Society for Creative Anachronism (which is a little difficult to explain but whereas a Ren Faire or Medieval Times are amusements for people to go and see actors (or “actors”) pretending to be existing in another century for the purpose... Read more »

My Awful Dye Job: When Bad Decisions Happen to Good People

When I think back to that moment in time, I see it as if it is in slow motion. Oh, for a do-over! I drove all the way out to Target because the local Walgreens where they know my name (so embarrassing) does not have the color I use. Now, the color I typically use... Read more »

Letter to a New Mom: Relax. It's All Temporary Anyway

Once upon a time, just under nine years ago now, on my way out of our home on our first evening away from our first child, I explained to the kindly, grandmotherly babysitter from the nanny service that my daughter was a horrible sleeper. Horrible. Impossible to get her to sleep. And any tiny noise... Read more »

President Obama Tried to Spoil Our Evening But We Are Made of Stronger Stuff

If you watch The West Wing (Seasons 1 – 4 only) repeatedly as I do…because it is liberal porn and I am a whore for it…you know a little bit about presidential type stuff.  For example, you know that the presidential motorcade can wreak some serious havoc – like when the president flies into LA... Read more »

My Third Grader Is Learning the Recorder Because the Universe Hates Me

The third graders are learning to play the recorder as is, apparently, protocol designed by someone who works for the Evanston/Skokie school district by day and sprouts horns and fangs and drinks the blood of the innocent by night. Yes. I know it’s you, Beelzebub.  I know where you work now.  Every day Bunny insists... Read more »

Maybe We Could Just Be Respectful. Wouldn't That Be Nice?

About a month ago, some friends of mine and I went out to dinner. The discussion turned to popular song lyrics and one of my friends said that she hated a certain song that I happen to like.  She said she thought the lyrics were ridiculous and made no sense.  I looked up the lyrics... Read more »

This Is The Year I'm Gonna Make Friends (or Horribly Embarrass Myself Trying)

I have always told my children that making friends is easy. But here’s the truth: I am absolute RUBBISH at making friends, ya’ll. On Wednesday, it was finally nice enough for the children to play on the playground. I mean, “nice enough” after the polar vortex.  It was around 40 degrees. It was still weather... Read more »

How to Save (theoretical 10s of dollars) On Your Medical Bills

First of all, you gotta pad the kids' medical kit.  Why stick with the cheap-ass, primary colored Fischer Price stuff when you have the real thing?  Our stuffed animals have never been so well cared for!
I think we are all aware of the fact that, even if you are insured, medical bills can become oppressive. I don’t know if you are also aware of the fact that most items used in a hospital, once they cross the threshold of your room, must be thrown out when you leave.  It’s true. ... Read more »

Donna Day 2014: Kindred Spirits

The first time I met Mary Tyler Mom was at the backyard barbeque of mutual friends.  I had been reading Donna’s Cancer Story and was anxious to speak to her.  There is a sisterhood amongst moms of sick kids and I knew we would instantly relate. The first thing I told her upon meeting her... Read more »