Archive for October 2013

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends
Tonight the writers at ChicagoNow were given a writing challenge: write about a time you either gave or received help.  We had an hour to write and post our piece.  Go! For eight minutes I was stymied.  To write about a time when I helped someone almost seemed like bragging, yet to write about a... Read more »

Why I hate Halloween

Why I hate Halloween
I originally wrote this a couple years ago, but the sentiment still applies. I’ll be upfront about my position on this topic: I am not a huge Halloween person. It is a great relief that my kids are old enough to be in charge of their own costumes. I appreciate the efforts of others and... Read more »

Is Lorde the next Adele?

Is Lorde the next Adele?
While the song “Royals” has been gaining momentum over the past couple of months, it has finally gotten to the point where people are noticing the person behind the music: Lorde.  I think that Lorde sounds a bit like Adele and decided to do a comparison of the two.  I was surprised by the number... Read more »
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Miley Cyrus gives us a surprisingly mature sound on "Bangerz"

Miley Cyrus gives us a surprisingly mature sound on "Bangerz"
I’ve been in a musical rut lately.  Nothing has really grabbed me.  I listen to new music every week, and it’s fine, but even after a couple days there aren’t any tracks that necessarily stand out. This morning I decided I owed it to Miley Cyrus to listen to her new album, “Bangerz.”  My last... Read more »

It's too late for Miley's parents to save her

It's too late for Miley's parents to save her
Miley Cyrus has been making headlines recently for her outrageous antics. She’s twerking! She’s in a pool with no swimsuit and smeary makeup! She’s making rude gestures with a foam finger! WHERE ARE HER PARENTS IN ALL THIS??? Where indeed. I think there is a decent chance they aren’t all that thrilled with the decisions... Read more »