Archive for May 2011

Should 5-Year-Olds Kiss Their Friends on the Lips?

It’s a little hard to define things for small children and a few subjects have been recurring lately for my almost 5-year-old. Death, marriage, and love to be specific. Death I tend to be vague about and plainly say when someone dies, they go to Heaven and live with Jesus. (Our personal family belief.) I... Read more »

Take a Walk in the Park this Sunday to Fight Cystic Fibrosis!

Sunday, July 17 at the Strike and Spare in Lockport
Eleven years ago I received a phone call that my sister-in-law had given birth to my very first niece. I raced from NIU in DeKalb to the Western Suburbs in joyous anticipation of meeting the new addition to our family. I had failed to ask where Suzanne (my S-I-L) had delivered and in a day... Read more »

Not Your Average Suburban House Party!

The evite said 7:30 p.m.  It was still too light outside to camouflage me, so I waited until 8:00. And, of course, I couldn’t arrive alone – I am not that brave, so I insisted on arriving with two other friends so I didn’t have to walk into the house by myself. The evite arrived... Read more »
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Lessons From Your Mother

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Advice. Who hasn’t been graced with a few words of wisdom from their mother? We can all remember cringing when our mom talked to us about sex, rolling our eyes when she dabbed toothpaste on the enormous pimple on our chin, and sighing when she tried to reason with us that leaving the house bare-legged... Read more »

Women as Human Shields: Domestic Violence, Osama bin Laden-Style

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After reading a report by CNN.com this morning, which told of a woman being used as a human shield, I paused in the loving comfort of my home, sipped my coffee and thought: In a life of ‘conform or be killed’, what chances do these women have? How can they escape a life of extreme... Read more »