Posts in category "Lifestyle"

How will your kids turn out?

How will your kids turn out?
One of the nagging questions in the back of every parent’s mind from the moment their child is born, pretty much, is: “how will your kids turn out?” It’s like he or she is a soufflé baking for 18, 19 years. You worry about how your son or daughter is going to end up pretty... Read more »

Are Your Glory Days Ahead of You?

Are Your Glory Days Ahead of You?
Our recent move/downsizing/crap purge has me strolling down memory lane. Besides the treasure trove of Throwback Thursday snapshots, I’ve rediscovered collections of things I created: student films, fashion photos, commercials, videos, and of course, audiotapes of several comedy shows. “…life is just a collection of moments all strung together in beautiful random order… it is... Read more »

Worth the Risk

Worth the Risk
The Caribou coffee shop in our town recently closed. I think was one of the last ones in the Chicago area to go. The corporate honchos handed down the decision on store closings last year and they’ve been shuttering them, or changing them to Peet’s Coffee (the other chain they own) ever since. I always... Read more »
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Back to School Lessons Learned

Back to School Lessons Learned
We dropped Kid #3 at college last Wednesday for his freshman year. It was all business getting his stuff up the elevators and into his new dorm room, admiring his view. When it came time for the tearful goodbye, the long hug, the melancholy look: it never happened. It was: “yeah, okay… love you, too.... Read more »

My Mini Makeover: The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin

My Mini Makeover: The Hair on My Chinny Chin Chin
BEFORE: I’ve had a little beard on my chin, what I guess they call a goatee, since somewhere in the mid-90s. I was taking a rare 3-week vacation around Christmas and let the hair on my face grow. What I had after 3 weeks wasn’t what you’d call a beard; it was more like the... Read more »

Swimming naked in gym class really happened

Swimming naked in gym class really happened
There are things the world did when I was a kid that, seen through today’s politically correct lens, would be unthinkable now. Driving without seat belts. Smoking while pregnant. Voting for Nixon. Swimming naked in gym class is another one. Wait! Huh? That’s right, we swam naked in high school gym class. Let that little... Read more »
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Back in my day: bras, Speedos, and naked gym class

Back in my day: bras, Speedos, and naked gym class
Fashion changes with the times: from poodle skirts to platform shoes to flannel shirts to porkpie hats… But fashion also reflects the times. Everything from the length of women’s skirts to the color of their nail polish has been used to predict economic fluctuations. Fashion trends say a lot about the attitudes of a culture.... Read more »

I was a teenaged Playboy subscriber

I had a best friend growing up. His name was Bill. We lived on the same street only he was on the far end of the next block. Bill and I started hanging out, playing together, so far back I have no memory of that first day or even that first year or two. Back... Read more »

It is what it is... Or is it?

It is what it is... Or is it?
“It is what it is.” I hear people say that once in a while. Usually I’m working on a project with these people. We’ve come to a stage in the process that might prove a little difficult or might need a little more effort than originally anticipated. We’re at a definite fork in the road—... Read more »
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Slut shaming: is it woman on woman aggression?

Slut shaming: is it woman on woman aggression?
Some years ago, I took part in a series of focus groups— behind the two-way mirror on the client side, as an observer. The research involved women discussing their feelings about make-up. In groups of six or seven, women of different ages from different backgrounds gathered around the same table and came to pretty much... Read more »