May 2015 new music favorites

May 2015 new music favorites
This was a good music month. I’m always surprised by how many new (to me) artists land on my list. 1. “Sugar” – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds 2. “Little Worlds” – Mandolin Orange 3. “Here” – Alessia Cara 4. “Compound Fracture” – My Morning Jacket 5. “California Roll” – Snoop Dogg, featuring Stevie... Read more »

Goodbye, sweet Mad Men

Goodbye, sweet Mad Men
I’m experiencing some severe melancholy this morning. I’m sure you know that tonight is the series finale of “Mad Men,” either because you watch the show and are acutely aware of its conclusion or you don’t watch it and are sick of hearing people talk about it. I was not expecting to feel so genuinely... Read more »

April 2015 new music favorites

April 2015 new music favorites
Hello, how was your month? I feel like the list is a little shorter than usual- I wasn’t wowed by a whole lot, but I feel good about the songs that made my list. Here you go: 1. “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” – Flo Rida, Veradine White, Robin Thicke 2. “Something Good”... Read more »
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The best dog in the world

The best dog in the world
Last weekend, I had to have one of our dogs put to sleep (cue the tears). At some point, you might be lucky enough to have that once-in-a-lifetime dog, the one who is so perfect, so good that you actually investigate how expensive cloning is. That special dog is beloved by all who are fortunate... Read more »

The college selection process: what I've learned

The college selection process: what I've learned
There aren’t that many aspects of parenting in which I can say I’ve achieved expert status, but I might be getting close in the college selection process.  This year I had three kids in college (senior, junior, freshman), and my youngest daughter (high school junior) is beginning the process now.  I won’t tell you what... Read more »

March 2015 new music favorites

March 2015 new music favorites
I know I say this often, but the new music this month was outstanding- so fun to see new music from some old favorites. 1. “California Nights” – Best Coast 2. “Baby Blue” – Action Bronson, Chance the Rapper 3. “Big Decisions” – My Morning Jacket 4. “Invincible” – Kelly Clarkson 5. “Half Broke Heart” – Cam 6. “Run, Run, Run”... Read more »
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February 2015 New Music Favorites

February 2015 New Music Favorites
This winter sucks balls. Thankfully, the God of Music is kinder than Mother Nature: I found some great music this month, and I’ve needed it to keep from falling into a permanent weather-induced slump. Take a listen: 1. “I’ll Make Time for You” – Kristin Diable 2. “Now and Again” – Tor Miller 3. “Brave... Read more »

Solving the Kanye-Grammy problem for future shows

Perhaps you heard that at Sunday night’s Grammy awards, our beloved Kanye went on stage when Beck won Album of the Year, apparently to self mock his hijack of Taylor Swift’s win six years ago. He quickly retreated. In both this and the T-Swift instance, his friend Beyoncé was nominated and did not win. After... Read more »

Memorable Grammy Moments

If you watched the Grammys thinking you were going to enjoy an awards show, you might have been disappointed.  If, however, you watched the Grammys hoping to see a lot of live performances and unusual pairings, you were probably delighted with tonight’s show!  If you missed the show all together and don’t want to sound... Read more »
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Why I love winter in Chicago

I’m not sure if you heard, but we got a pretty big dump of snow here in Chicago this weekend.  19 inches to be exact in just over 24 hours!  While it’s super fun to complain about the winters here, I’ve caught myself enjoying a few aspects of it.  Take a look: 1. Beauty –... Read more »