Posts in category "family"

RIP Sherwood Schwartz

RIP Sherwood Schwartz
Television genius, Sherwood Schwartz, died this morning, and along with him, a bit of my childhood. I grew up watching two of his most popular shows—Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch. For thirty minutes each show, less if you count the commercials, I was able to pretend what life must like marooned on a desert... Read more »

Mean Girl v Nice Girl

Mean Girl v Nice Girl
Girls are MEAN! I’ve been reminded, again, of this ugly fact due to some troubles brewing in my hamlet of a suburban town. Girl drama of the bitterest kind: Mean Girl v Nice Girl. Friend against former friend, with other gals and pals joining in, taking sides in a fight they have no business joining.... Read more »

Selena Gomez, role model

  Selena Gomez made an appearance at our local mall, Orland Square, setting off a frenzied episode of Selena-mania. My ears have yet to recover.   Disney Channel’s latest ingénue is crisscrossing the country on a promotional trip to tout her new movie, Monte Carlo. Much has changed for the once scrub faced youngster who... Read more »
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Back Fat, Dress Fairies, and the Woes of Procrastination

  The 2011 vacation: T minus 24 hours.   We’re mixing this family vacay with a very special celebration–my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. Sun, sand, and renewal of vows. It’s been in the planning for over a year. I stress this again, since it sets the stage for my story, and the woes of my... Read more »

MANGO! ice cream at SweetZ

    Have you ever had ice cream so good you had to lick real S*L*O*W, just to make it last a little longer? Or at least wished you had ordered a bigger cone’s worth?   My family and I had our first official ice cream outing of the summer tonight. It’s our habit to... Read more »

End of School Picnics: Arena for Mommy Wars

The close of the school years brings an endless parade of picnic celebrations–a much anticipated tradition enjoyed by children throughout the nation. Alas, the end of the school year also opens an arena in which moms can flex their party coordinating muscles. It’s time for the Picnic Planning Mommy Wars! What can you do with... Read more »
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Baby Storm

Boy or Girl? Neither.
I feel sorry for Baby Storm. You know, the “genderless” child born a few months ago. The mother and father have announced Baby Storm will not: be burden by color, hairstyle, clothing, activities or anything else that may place unwanted social stereotypes on their new child. To achieve this mom and dad will keep Baby... Read more »

Perennial Friendships

According to the Language of Flowers, the Lily of the Valley plant symbolizes sweetness, humility, trustworthiness, and a returning happiness.
As the weather turns warmer, many Chicagoans are bit by the gardening bug, and can’t wait to till the soil and break out the new gardening gloves. My friend Karen is one of these people. An avid gardener, she transforms her backyard into a bevy of colors, and yes, maintains her plants well into the... Read more »

Mother's Day, Bossified

Mother's Day, Bossified
Mother’s Day 2011 was pretty darn good. I’m pleased to say, after 15 years of motherhood, I finally figured out the secret to a happy Mother’s Day–I shed my motherly-ness skirt and put on my bossy pants. In other words, I let my wishes and expectations be known. I wanted to wake up without the... Read more »
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Little Osama

Osama bin Laden is dead. The entire world, it seems, is celebrating the death of this hated pariah. I should be celebrating along with everyone else. But instead I am feeling bittersweet. It brings back a memory I have from September 11, 2001. It was 7:46 Chicago time, when the first plane struck, and rest... Read more »