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When Choosing Hope is Hard: Some Thoughts On Modern Life

These days . . .  they are hard.  Brutal days, for so many people.  Being gay isn’t easy.  Being black isn’t easy.  Being Latino isn’t easy.  Being Muslim isn’t easy.  Being a police officer isn’t easy.  Being a woman isn’t easy.  Hell, even being a Trump supporter isn’t easy these days.  Nothing seems easy these... Read more »

Words on a Dress

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly “Blogapalooza” challenge.  Bloggers are provided a writing prompt at 9:00 pm and must post by 10:00 pm.  Here is tonight’s prompt: “Share your favorite quote (or quotes) — from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever — and write in detail about why it resonates... Read more »

What I Learned About Parenting from Last Night's Dinner Fail

I pretty much put dinner on the table Monday through Friday.  On the weekends, I don’t worry about it too much.  There’s leftovers and Mary Tyler Dad is around to help “man” the kitchen.  Last night was one of those infrequent nights that we cooked dinner together.  Aside from me not having showered all weekend,... Read more »
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Breast Cancer Awareness: Why I Will Be Wearing a Bra on October 13

There is a meme floating about the Internet these days suggesting a great way to honor women with breast cancer is to opt out of wearing a bra on Sunday, October 13.  Just let it all hang out and have fun with it! seems to be the message.  Yada, yada, yada.  Yeah, no thank you.  Call... Read more »

Scott Simon Tweets About Death and I, For One, Am Grateful

As someone who writes about grief and death, I wish to express my deep gratitude to NPR’s Scott Simon for live tweeting from the bedside of his mother’s vigil.  Little did he know it, but Mr. Simon, and his mom, have started somewhat of a revolution. The thing is, we all have two things in... Read more »

Iron Man Has Nothing on This Iron Woman

Today is a good day for Robert Downey, Jr. fans.  Iron Man 3 opens.  That’s cool, right?  You get to see People’s Most Beautiful Woman play opposite my second ex-husband in what is sure to be an epic-ly cool special effects blockbuster.  But I know something cooler and someone cooler.  And she needs our help.... Read more »
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Musings of a New Soccer Mom

My boy has been going through a rough patch as of late.  He is the type of kid that when I tell folks that his behavior has been kind of, sort of challenging in the past few months they look at me like I have two heads. “Not Mary Tyler Son!  It’s not possible!”  Thing is,... Read more »

Screen Break Week: Day Two

So I’m sitting here with Mary Tyler Dad, dueling computers at the dining room table, and I says, “So was this whole Screen Break Week my idea or your idea?”  And he says to me, “The school’s idea, right?  Aren’t they pushing it?”  Well, if by “pushing it” you mean leaving a little pamphlet in... Read more »

Choose Health

I’ve been choosing hope since 2007.  Most every day I make a conscious choice at some point to be hopeful.  Sometimes it is first thing in the morning.  Sometimes it isn’t until late at night.  Sometimes it is a pretty constant process throughout the day.  Point is, I choose hope almost every day and my... Read more »
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Breast Cancer Awareness: A Wife, A Husband, A Camera

About a year ago a friend posted a link to a Facebook page called, “My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer.”  I was intrigued, clicked on the link, and then was transported into the most beautiful love affair.  Angelo Merendino was using his camera to document his wife’s breast cancer treatment.  He was doing with photos... Read more »