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One Of My Favorite Childhood Memories

One Of My Favorite Childhood Memories
It’s impossible to pick my favorite childhood memory, but one very special time takes me back to the summer of 1974, when I was 6 years old. The drive from River Forest to Oak Park was just 9 minutes, but it always felt like forever, especially when Mom listened to WGN talk radio and Beth... Read more »

Women and Friendship: How To Stay Connected After Kids Leave The Playground

Women and Friendship: How To Stay Connected After Kids Leave The Playground
Some of the very best female friendships blossom in the sunshine, downpours and snowstorms of chaotic, after-school playgrounds. They’re formed by women who notice when someone looks tired…or dressed up…or sick…or worried. The ones who keep an eye on your kids when you’re running late or let you know someone’s mother just passed away or... Read more »

Am I The ONLY Mom Sad About School Starting?

“Can you believe how this summer’s just flown by?” my mother asked during a recent phone call. “It’s funny,” I said, “but it’s actually felt like the longest summer of my life.” With three kids under the age of 16, I’ve spent the better part of these past three months driving kids to and from... Read more »
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22 Ways To Keep A Marriage Intact. Observations for newly- (and not so newly) weds.

22 Ways To Keep A Marriage Intact. Observations for newly- (and not so newly) weds.
Last week was my 22nd wedding anniversary. Twenty-two years ago I married a 22-year-old man-child, a term I jokingly use because I “robbed the cradle”: Mike was (and still is) four months younger than me. Our combined ages then (22 + 23) equal my age today (45). Multiply that number by two (90), and you’ll... Read more »

Whispers In The Wind. Real Quotes Heard By Real Moms.

Whispers In The Wind. Real Quotes Heard By Real Moms.
Trust me. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. June 10, 2013 From the 13-year-old daughter: “Remember that time you brought that Rice Krispie Treat cake into my class when I was 11? You were such a cool mom back then.” From the online banking service (via email): “Your account is overdrawn.”... Read more »

My week of boobs

I wish my Nana were still here to make me laugh at the week I’ve had so far. My grandmother, Edna Jane Farmer, often said, “Oh Christine! You are so earthy!” In mock horror, she’d clutch her chest and roll her eyes whenever I uttered my honest-yet-scratch-the-surface-off-her-pearls opinions on life –  and it happened a... Read more »
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My Stand Against Racism and the N-Word

My Stand Against Racism and the N-Word
Today, I’ll join my youngest child’s elementary school in Evanston for the annual Stand Against Racism sponsored by the YWCA. We’ll walk to Ridge Avenue, a highway-like, four-lane strip running through our town, standing together with groups from throughout our community, raising awareness that racism still exists. If they pass out nametags during the event,... Read more »

It might be...it could be...it is! Holy Cow! I'm in perimenopause!

It might be...it could be...it is! Holy Cow! I'm in perimenopause!
Oh joy. According to WebMD, perimenopause is “the stage of a woman’s reproductive life that begins several years before menopause, when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s, but can start in a woman’s 30s or even earlier.” I’m 45 and, according to my doctor, I’m there. He... Read more »

How Do You DO It All?

How Do You DO It All?
A friend I don’t see nearly enough stops me in the grocery store. “How do you do it all?” she asks, jutting a graham cracker toward her toddler’s outstretched hands. “Nora, please don’t try to crawl out of the cart.” “Me?” I say, bemused. “You think I do it all?” “Yes,” she says, smiling. “You’ve... Read more »
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Stuck Between TMI and Tweens

I’m riding between two huge waves these days: my parents are of a generation that understandably sees the advent of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. as flooding society with Too Much Information, while my kids are surrounded by every available portal to access and share it. I understand the merits of both sides, but I’m stuck... Read more »
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