Confessions of a Sushi Novice

It was the last day of October and the wind chills were in the 20’s. What they say about cold weather must be true: one needs extra calories since we burn more trying to keep warm. I was cold and hungry and looked forward to an appetizing lunch that workday. Usually I do pretty well,... Read more »

Schizophrenia Is Scary Stuff

Life is unfair.  And schizophrenia is scary stuff. The first part I already knew.  The second sentence – well, I’ve been learning more about that since early August. My brother-in-law suffers from schizophrenia – has for over 40 years.  Typically his condition is controlled with medicine and he lives without fear.  He lives in a... Read more »

Remembering The Breakfast Club

Halloween was approaching and my daughter was contemplating dressing up as Molly Ringwald’s character in the hit movie The Breakfast Club.  Naturally, I was excited, since it’s an all-time favorite movie of mine. Immediately I started coaching my daughter on what to wear.  She listened patiently (for a while).  Fans of the movie may nod when... Read more »
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Do You Know How To Use A Typewriter?

A young associate at my office approached me the other day and asked… “Heidi, do you know how to use a typewriter?” My gut reaction was to roar with laughter.  But instead I replied with a simple “Yes, how may I help you?” Immediately images ran through my head of us students taking Typing at Morgan... Read more »

Snobby Mommy Visits a Junkyard

“Do I look like the kind of woman who wants to go to a junkyard??” Those were the snobbish words I used to reply to the Jiffy Lube technician when he suggested I scour a junkyard in order to find a replacement housing for my Chevy’s taillight.  The light bulb had burnt and melted away into... Read more »

For the Sake of Everything

Today I’m swapping out my regular post for one from 2016.  Because I left the newspaper at home this morning and instead brought a book to read on the commute.  On a day like today, the news is too difficult take.  And since I have no profound words that will make our world better or... Read more »
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Ending An Obsession

September 27 ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour Challenge: Write about something in your life you once obsessed about but now rarely, if ever, think about This challenge, above, was presented to us bloggers tonight by our ChicagoNow manager. We have one hour to write anything in regards to the posted topic. Here goes… Obsession. I thought about it... Read more »

Winner for August - Best Post!

Each month ChicagoNow holds a contest among bloggers for the best posts of that month.  I am thrilled to report another Pizza For Breakfast post – WHY IS EVERYTHING SO PERFECT – was chosen as one of August’s best.  There are 20 well-written articles here.  Please check them out. And thank you for supporting ChicagoNow... Read more »

In Addition to Tornadoes, Dorothy Tackles Hurricanes

Leave it to my mom, Dorothy.  There are so many places on Earth that can use her help right now.  When disaster hits, she immediately takes charge.  Dorothy considers a situation, makes appropriate plans, and leads the way to victory for everyone. Refusing to evacuate her Ft. Myers, Florida home during Hurricane Irma, my mom... Read more »
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The Time Dad Came Home With a Fire Engine

We didn’t entirely believe our dad when he told us he was purchasing an old fire truck.  Although he had a fondness for antique cars and motorcycles, my brother and I weren’t sure whether to believe he had gone off to add a 1939 Mack fire engine to his revolving collection. [check him out in the... Read more »