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A to Z Challenge: F is for Fiction

I just finished a great book, Big Little Lies, which was funny and thought-provoking. And as is often the case, terrific books make me reminisce about the other books that I’ve loved and that have impacted me. There are many, but today I’m going to write about five….no, ten….no, twenty. Just kidding. I’m going to... Read more »

A to Z Challenge: E is for Example

One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay “in kind” somewhere else in life. * Anne Morrow Lindberg, North to the Orient I’ve been thinking about what kind of example I want to be to my kids and that made me think about others who have been role models in my own life.... Read more »

A to Z Challenge: D is for Dance

We had a busy weekend which culminated at my daughter’s dance recital.  It was a wonderful evening, even if it was 3 hours long!  But our family was there to support her and the dancing was amazing! And most importantly, my daughter had a great time and felt proud of herself. Ultimately, that’s all I... Read more »

C is for Cigarettes

For some reason, I’ve been craving a cigarette. The thing is, with me it’s never just one. One hit and I’ll be back to a pack (or more) a day. I know so many people who have quit smoking and either a) got sick when they picked it up again or b) are disgusted by... Read more »

B is for Bounce

Tigger. That’s who I think of when I hear the word bounce. And my son, Luke. He’s definitely a “bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy–fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!” kind of kid. And just like Tigger, “he’s the only one.” When I looked up the word in the dictionary, there were lots of definitions, but the two... Read more »

A is for Action

I’m teacher and we borrow good ideas! My husband writes a blog and in an effort to get his mojo going again, he’s doing an A to Z Challenge. I, too, need some mojo in my writing life, so I’m going to borrow his idea. According to our ChicagoNow blog manager, that’s ok. I was originally... Read more »

A New Vision for CPS: A Reason for Hope?

Last week, I wrote a blog about the new “Learn.Plan,Succeed” initiative. I was infuriated. This week, I might be hopeful. On April 19, with very little fanfare, a new three-year vision for Chicago Public Schools was released to CPS employees. This vision is very ambitious, and very necessary. Because of this new vision, I am... Read more »

Hope for Today

A recent post by Hal Runkel, an author I admire, got me thinking. I just purchased Hal’s most recent book, Choose Your Own Adulthood, and can’t wait to share it with my kids (after I read it).  I love Hal’s humor and the fact that he seems like a real person instead of someone who... Read more »

A Weekend Checklist for All

I recently read a post entitled 9 Ways to Make Your Marriage Great: A sober dad weekend checklist. And I was pretty offended. Not just for myself, but for my spouse, too. While some of the ideas were great (“Don’t argue just to argue” and “Treasure the moments”), the checklist also included these two items:... Read more »

Times Like These

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The... Read more »