The Thai cave rescue could teach America a thing or two about being "Great"

The Thai cave rescue could teach America a thing or two about being "Great"
This morning, my perfunctory Facebook scroll delivered its usual dose of AM horror. I read a piece by Madeline Albright in which she sounded the alarms about the tide of White Yuck creeping across the globe. My phone screen also reminded me that a threat to generations of blood, death, and activism is being introduced to the country at... Read more »

A letter for my son to read on June 2, 2038

A letter for my son to read on June 2, 2038
Dear G. Greetings from the past! I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you on July 2, 2018. Here’s what up right now: You just finished 4th grade and will turn 10 in a few weeks. You are having a really hard time dealing with mean people – you call them... Read more »

Four things that would have changed the course of history if they had been called something else

Four things that would have changed the course of history if they had been called something else
There is power in words. But there is incredible power in the right words. Just think how different our world would be if we had been more careful with the words we assigned to the following issues: THE WORDS WE USE: “meddle” – The Russians “meddled’ in our election. BETTER WORDS: “attacked” – The Russians... Read more »
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I don't want to see 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' right now, and here's why

I don't want to see 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' right now, and here's why
I don’t want to see the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood documentary, Won’t you be my neighbor? because I’m sure that Fred Rogers is going to tell me that kindness is a virtue, and I already know that. I strive to be kind, and I’m raising my son to be a kind man. Mr. Rogers would be preaching to... Read more »

Fake Letters from the Imaginary Mailbag! "Allow me to introduce you to the 'Cate Blanchett' theory of relationships..."

Fake Letters from the Imaginary Mailbag! "Allow me to introduce you to the 'Cate Blanchett' theory of relationships..."
Dear OSM: Why do you call yourself Old Single Mom? You don’t look that old in your picture. Signed: Telling Readers Only Lies, Lady? Dear TROLL: About my moniker, I like to say two out of three ain’t bad. Heh. The “Old” is meant to be ironic – it was a tongue-in-cheek label I gave myself... Read more »

Did I really just ask myself, "What would Lorelai Gilmore Do?"

Did I really just ask myself, "What would Lorelai Gilmore Do?"
Hey! Late-to-the-Party Girl, here! I started watching Gilmore Girls this week, you guys! I missed the original Gilmore train. When the show premiered on October 5, 2000, I was taking it one day at a time after ten years of daily drinking. I was pretty sure those two chatty broads would make me want to... Read more »
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Hey, Roxane Gay! I'm ready to abandon the 'Roseanne' reboot, now...

Hey, Roxane Gay! I'm ready to abandon the 'Roseanne' reboot, now...
Hey, Roxanne Gay. Remember me? The woman you don’t know from Adam who wouldn’t join you in boycotting the Roseanne re-boot just because Roseanne was a Trump supporter? Yeah, it’s me again. I promised I’d come back and report if I changed my mind about watching the reboot, so here I am.  So now if you’ll... Read more »

I think I may be in a relationship with 'Alexa'

I think I may be in a relationship with 'Alexa'
I think I may be in a relationship with Alexa. She: Amazon robot  Me: Human being/Amazon junkie Not a likely match I admit but hear this: there is clearly something special going on between the two of us. This awkward realization dawned on me the other day when I was out in the world, pumping gas like... Read more »

I'm 18 years sober! (so where is all that "beyond my wildest dreams" stuff?)

Caveat: If you are in the first year of your sobriety, close this tab and go to a meeting. Nothing to see, here. Also: if you are in the first five years of your sobriety, subscribe to my blog at the link up top, bookmark this post, then come back in about a decade. But…if... Read more »
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I think I saw God in the Chicago Park District this past Saturday

This past Saturday was the classically beautiful Chicago spring day that comes with a mandate: go outside and play! So my son and I took a basketball to a park near my house to shoot some hoops. As we approached the basketball courts, we saw a group of kids running and yelling and pushing each other around... Read more »