Four reasons why you won't like the new Robin Thicke album

Four reasons why you won't like the new Robin Thicke album
Last summer Robin Thicke presented us with some blurred lines, and we were eating out of his hand.  This summer, the lines are not blurred at all- they’re extremely clear: Robin wants his wife back. Let’s back up.  I wouldn’t say that Robin Thicke was particularly well known prior to “Blurred Lines,” which became THE... Read more »

Midpoint review: Best and worst of 2014 music

Midpoint review: Best and worst of 2014 music
We are gearing up for midpoint reviews at work, so it seems appropriate to do a review of this year’s music so far, as well.  Some of these categories might seem quite specific, and I admit that at times the tail wags the dog.  I like to think of posts such as this as public... Read more »

Name that musical college grad

Local boy Andrew Bird kept it close to home by attending Northwestern and earning a degree in Violin Performance, a major I assuredly never contemplated myself.
This is the third summer out of the past four that we have been preparing to send someone off to college (or as I like to say, “leave Mom”).  I remain hopeful that one of my kids will choose to major in Becoming a Big Music Star- I’ve always told them they can do anything! ... Read more »
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Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: My Spirited Girl

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: My Spirited Girl
Recently the community manager at ChicagoNow offered an opportunity to be paired with another blogger to write an interview style post.  I thought that sounded interesting and was paired with blogger Angela, author of “My Spirited Girl.”  In researching Angela’s blog prior to my interview with her, I believed that although we were both moms,... Read more »

Let your music make you happy!

Let your music make you happy!
Do you know what kind of music you should listen to when you’re in a good mood?  Happy music.  Do you know what kind of music you should listen to when you’re in a sad, mopey mood?  Happy music again!  I understand that there may be times when you just want to droop, but 30... Read more »

The upside of this week's 6 goodbyes

The upside of this week's 6 goodbyes
The past seven days have felt like one long string of goodbyes.  And they’re not the good kind of goodbyes either, like “Goodbye, Winter 2014” or “Goodbye, acne.”  No, they’ve felt like the kind of goodbyes that suck donkey balls, to borrow an eloquent phrase from my sister. Amidst my wallowing, yesterday on the train... Read more »
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The deaths of Queen Elizabeth and my aunt

The deaths of Queen Elizabeth and my aunt
Each month, ChicagoNow holds a blogging challenge in which we are given a topic and just an hour to write and publish.  This month’s topic: “Write about a person, or persons, you never met whose death had an impact on you. Can be a writer, a celebrity, a politician, a regular person in an extraordinary... Read more »

Was I a subpar mom because I didn't nurse my babies?

Was I a subpar mom because I didn't nurse my babies?
There has been a hot story out of Chicago the past couple days: a woman got kicked out of a trade show at McCormick Place because she had her 10-day old baby with her.  The rules, which she was aware of before she made the trip from Minnesota, were that children under 16 were not... Read more »

Awkward meet-and-greet photos: The Avril response

The awkward photo heard round the world.  Avril sure does love her fans!
By now you may have seen the viral photos of Avril Lavigne’s meet-and-greet session in Brazil.  This is a common event amongst pop stars: for a fee, fans can pose before concernts with their beloved rockers.  Avril supposedly put some strict restrictions on her fans (no touching or hugging), and based on the photos I’m guessing... Read more »
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The Sound of Michigan: A few of my favorite things

This post is part of a monthly ChicagoNow blogging challenge where we are given a prompt and then just an hour to write and publish.  Tonight’s prompt: “Write about a favorite or memorable place you have lived for any time at all, whether a country, state, city, childhood home, fraternity/sorority, hostel, hotel or even bedroom.”... Read more »