Posts in category "Life"

I Will not Evict the Devil from my Shoulder

Sometimes I am my own worst enemy. I know I am not the only one that has said these words to themselves, however, I have thought these words more often than I would like to admit. You must be wondering what I have done. The answer is a very simple one, too much. You see I... Read more »

Whose lives have I touched? I want to have my Eulogy before I die

I was sitting in the synagogue waiting for the Rabbi to speak. My cousin passed away a few days earlier and today was her funeral. I looked around, so many people came to pay their respects. What was so amazing and touching was that most, including myself, came from across the country to be there. How... Read more »

Equality is for All

It’s blogapalooza. What does that mean, you ask? Once a month, ChicagoNow bloggers have one hour to create a post starting at 9 pm and all must publish at the same time at 10 pm. The topic this month was to write about a movie or a character that has affected me. Well, here I... Read more »
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5 comments never to say to someone who's grieving

The phone rang. I had been home from the hospital a few hours and already people were calling. Hmm, did the surgeons insert a tracking device into me? I was finally home from the hospital after spending 4 days recovering and grieving from my surgery–I had part of my kidney removed due to kidney cancer. I... Read more »

6 Great Tips to Prevent a Midlife Crisis

6 Great Tips to Prevent a Midlife Crisis
I just turned 52 years young, that’s right, young. Every birthday I take some time to reflect on my year– the good, the bad, the ugly. This year was a turning point for me. When I turned 50, it was a difficult birthday because I felt time was ticking away so fast and that I... Read more »

Advice to Myself

My 52nd birthday is approaching and I began to think about the last thirty years of my life. As I thought about my twenties, thirties, and my forties, memories both good and bad flooded my mind. I thought about the things I would change, and those I would not. Then it occurred to me, what... Read more »
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Acceptance Can Be a Hard Pill to Swallow

Acceptance can be a hard pill to swallow. Recently a friend of mine was complaining about her job and how much she dislikes it. As much as she would love to do something different such as going back to school to follow her dream, her life right now is too complicated by work, family and... Read more »

American Girl Dolls of Chicago---Their Real Lives

American Girl dolls are so popular among young girls and hated by many parents. I never really knew much about these dolls since I have boys aged 23 and 25; however, my nieces are completely mesmerized by the entire American Girl doll hullabaloo—yes I did use the word hullabaloo. Girls can either choose to purchase... Read more »

Screw the Bucket List---I am Writing a F**k It List

Creating a bucket list sounds like a great idea; unfortunately, we tend to begin writing it only when we realize we are not going to live forever.  I started my list when I was 46 years old.  While I have checked a few things off of it, my list will never be realized not only... Read more »
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Therapy Shelter Dogs--Rescuing Dogs, Saving People

My son had a brain tumor removed on Halloween of this year.  His recovery was complicated by numerous seizures which kept him in the ICU for 8 days.   He was on a great deal of sedating medications to suppress his seizures so he remembers very little of his stay in the ICU except for... Read more »
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