Archive for January 2014

Homeschool in the Polar Vortex

When I saw the news reports that a second wave of the polar vortex was heading for Chicago, I knew that school would be cancelled again.   The third and fourth days in January alone that have been given up to frigid temperatures – an unprecedented experience in my husband’s lifetime as a Cook County resident.... Read more »

Three Top Tips To Prevent Digital Drama and Cyberbullying In Your Life

Three Top Tips To Prevent Digital Drama and Cyberbullying In Your Life
Whether you are a tween, a teen, or an adult, you may have found yourself engaged in a heated argument after a text, an email, or an online comment that you wrote was misinterpreted by the recipient (or by others who saw it, even if they were not the intended recipients). These miscommunications happen because... Read more »

A Life Lived in Nine Decades and Nearly Nine Years

A Life Lived in Nine Decades and Nearly Nine Years
I can hear her voice, the characteristic cry of “aaahhhh!” at the end of a funny story.  The word “aahh” rises in pitch and intensity for two or three seconds before leveling off into a big laugh, her brown eyes sparkling with delight. Some of my clearest memories of early childhood take place in her... Read more »
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Why It Is Simple To Define Governor Christie as a Bully

Governor Christie’s behavior brings to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness an issue that is widely known yet under-addressed: workplace bullying. Some will argue that Christie’s behaviors embody the American ideals in the workplace, lauding his assertiveness, straight-talk and get-it-done attitude.   And yes, those are qualities that are to be admired. But a person is... Read more »

Diary of A Day in Chiberia

It was colder than the South Pole here in Chicago, and we were housebound with the kids.  Two parts bliss and one part insanity. A day in the life of Chiberia: January 6, 2014 Wake up. Pull my 10-yr-old’s new warm coat over my pajamas (the benefit of being a short mama with a tall... Read more »

Let the Snow Come: I Could Walk Away From It All

Last week, I watched my kids play on a hot sandy beach in Mexico, happily toting buckets of sloshing water back and forth.  “I’m digging to China!” my 6-year-old shouted. This week, I watched my kids play on a frigid snowy beach in Michigan, clomping along a dune-whipped terrain that appeared otherworldly.   “We are on... Read more »
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