Archive for March 2014

Kids Helping Kids: Children Shaving to Support Childhood Cancer

Children shaving their heads and going bald for other children with cancer has made a big splash in the news this past week.  Or maybe that’s specific to my newsfeed — that of a mom who lost a child to cancer and who has more than a few friends in the same boat. A troubling... Read more »

Gwyneth Paltrow and Conscious Uncoupling

A few years ago I made quite an Internet name for myself by dissing Gwyneth Paltrow.  Those posts (there were two of them) garnered me more than a few Facebook followers and the respect and admiration of lots of Internet strangers.  When I look back at them now, I cringe a bit, and then I... Read more »

Aunt Eileen's Irish Soda Bread

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.  Younger folks like to celebrate that particular holiday by drinking to excess while wearing cheap green t-shirts made in China.  Not me.  For the past few years, I have invited my 100% Irish Da over for a traditional Irish dinner.  And, no, that isn’t a six pack with a boiled... Read more »
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Ode to Katy

Sometimes, on this here Internet, you find a fellow human that just gets it, gets you, and a kinship develops — sometimes one sided, sometimes mutual.  When you’re really lucky, you develop a friendship with that person.  And when you’re really, really lucky, you realize you live oh, just about 15 minutes away in city... Read more »

To the Woman Sitting Next to Us at Tufano's Vernon Park Tap on Sunday Afternoon

I don’t know you, but was seated next to you yesterday afternoon at Trufano’s Vernon Park Tap — a Chicago institution.  We arrived at 5:30.  I saw you walk in just before us and thought to myself — “She’s cute — looks like a nice gal.”  I honestly had that thought.  Pffft. It was not... Read more »

Cool People I Know: State Representative Ron Sandack

This is the first in an occasional series I will run, profiling interesting folks I know doing interesting things in the world.  The common denominator between all of them is how much I admire and respect the many Good Things they do. Ron Sandack and I met way, way back in 1993.  Think Gin Blossoms... Read more »
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Raising Boys

I am the mother of two boys.  TWO BOYS.  This is, most of the time, almost incomprehensible to me.  I know nothing about boys.  Seriously.  I was afraid of them most of my childhood, except for my first best friend who was a boy.  He was awesome.  Hi, Allan!  I was crushed when Allan moved... Read more »

2014 Oscar Fashion Commentary from a Middle Aged Mom

Naomi Watts rarely disappoints -- she is one of those stars that almost always get impeccable points for technical skill on the red carpet.  Rarely for artistry, as she rarely takes risks, but almost always for looking clean, modern, smart.  This Calvin Klein dress is no exception.  It's hard to see in this image, but the best piece is the geometric collar necklace.  Great strong cuts against the more delicate white beaded dress -- a nice complement.  The other thing she is missing is that gorgeous husband of hers, Liev Schreiber.  Yum.  Can never go wrong with a little Liev.
I’m back!  I had so much fun doing my middle aged mom commentary for the Golden Globes, I’m back for the Oscars, which is basically the Golden Globes for a select few 63 year old white men, something they like to call “The Academy.”  Pffft.  Even old white men like to see pretty ladies all... Read more »