Posts in category "spirituality"

A eulogy for a(nother) dead houseplant

A eulogy for a(nother) dead houseplant
Sorry, Dead Houseplant. I had the highest hopes when I brought you home from the Home Depot plant shelter.  I remember carefully placing you on the car floor, then bracing your sides to avoid a spillover. I was so sure this was the year: that you were going to be my first beautiful summertime flower... Read more »

Here is why every single American should care about the gun violence in Chicago this past weekend

Here is why every single American should care about the gun violence in Chicago this past weekend
Here are the bare facts: Over the 4th of July weekend, 82 people were shot, 14 of whom were killed. Not surprisingly, these shootings occurred on the south and west sides of Chicago, areas notorious for poverty, gangs, and gun violence: From the Chicago Tribune article: The victims ranged from the 14-year-boy shot by police in the... Read more »

Happy First Birthday, OSM! - "Ten things I've learned about writing a blog"

Happy First Birthday, OSM! - "Ten things I've learned about writing a blog"
After one year on ChicagoNow, here are ten things I’ve learned about writing a blog. It is my humble offering to any aspiring/new/struggling/well-traveled/battle-weary writers of blogs. But real quick before I begin, I just want to take a second to thank everyone who continues to stop by.  I know you are there, and I don’t... Read more »
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My Facebook Mental Breakdown

My Facebook Mental Breakdown
So I had a Facebook Mental Breakdown. It happened this past Saturday. Uncle. Man Overboard! #throwsdownawhiteflag It was inevitable, I suppose.. *** My factory issued body comes with two eyeballs, two “earballs,” and dominion solely over that which is directly in front of me. At my baseline, I am privy only to my thoughts, the... Read more »

Hey, Lego, you're right! Everything IS awesome!

Hey, Lego, you're right! Everything IS awesome!
OH my GOD I’m so happy to be alive in 2014!! Life is awesome, these days. I’m going to hang out today with a friend who lives across the country, and I can do so because she flew here IN AN AIRPLANE. IN THE AIR. I get to go meet my California friend in downtown... Read more »

The ADD observation deck: Dollywood

The ADD observation deck: Dollywood
Get ready for some things I noticed from my ADD Observatorium on my recent visit to Dollywood. 1. Dollywood is a parallel world Dollywood is beyond All Things Fascinating. It is a Bad Ass Parade of Humanity that I watched shuffle past a charred pig on a spit, barrel rolling itself to nowhere. In my... Read more »
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Oh look, Fat Me is back. (And I really like her!)

Oh look, Fat Me is back. (And I really like her!)
When I woke up, Fat Me was back. The High School Girl jeans I had no business buying in the first place are threatening to bail on me if I continue to, well…. grow. So, fine. Less 7 Layer Burritos, more lettuce. Good. It would serve me well to put the brakes on the food... Read more »

Dear Son: Here are 10 things I've learned about life in the 14 years since my last drink

Dear Son: Here are 10 things I've learned about life in the 14 years since my last drink
Dear Son- A bajillion years ago I was an entirely different person with a bad habit. Mommy was a bit of a bitch, son. Then I stopped the bad habit. And here is some sober advice for you that I learned from living in reality for 14 years. In a row. (Take it or leave... Read more »

Target Gift Cards are gateway drugs

Target Gift Cards are gateway drugs
It was one $25 gift Target gift card. I was going to use it to buy car mats for my car. I warned G that we would not be long in Target. No dilly-dalleying today, son. We were gonna make like SoCal burgers: In and Out. It seemed logical to get a few staples while... Read more »
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Being single ain't for wusses...

Being single ain't for wusses...
When it comes to being single, I live on some weird border of Prideland. I mean for Heaven’s sake, it’s my middle name! I have never had a “wedding fantasy.” I am baffled at why people still spend so much money on wedding rings. It seems to me like it should be more an “a... Read more »