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I Wasn't Speaking To My Alcoholic Dad When He Died

I Wasn't Speaking To My Alcoholic Dad When He Died
In 2010, I learned about my biological father’s death after another family member read his name in the funeral section of an online church bulletin. At the time, I was a 42-year-old mother of three, and I hadn’t spoken to my father in 19 years. This had been my choice. My father was an alcoholic.... Read more »

Just Call Me Chrissy

On the day I was born, I was Christine Anne Kamys. The last name, which is Polish, rhymes with famous. Everyone back then just called me Chrissy. And that, quite simply, was that. Chrissy Kamys. Sure, sometimes people rebranded my name to Chris or Kris or Christy or Kristy. Or CHRISTINE  — if it was... Read more »

The First Time I Felt Like A Grown Up

I’d been married just over a year. I think I was 24, 25 years old. I was living in Lakeview, in a garden apartment on Roscoe. My parents lived in Crystal Lake with my youngest sister, then 13 or 14. Our middle sister, 22 or 23, was in grad school, in Boston. Mom announced that... Read more »
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Evanston journalist Seidenberg pulled from 30-year beat on eve of election cycle

Evanston journalist Seidenberg pulled from 30-year beat on eve of election cycle
Evanston’s Bob Seidenberg is a 64 year-old, 30-year veteran reporter for The Evanston Review. Been with the paper since the mid-80s, soon after graduating from Northwestern. Began his journalism career with the Pioneer Press. Witnessed the paper’s ownership change hands from Time Inc. to Marshall Field’s to The Sun Times to Tribune Publishing, now called “tronc”. What... Read more »

Finding Joy In Second Chances

Someone just challenged me: Write about something in your life that you’d like a second chance at. Then hit “publish” within an hour. No matter what. What a pal. I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to think of only one thing I’d like to do over. Frankly, I don’t know where to start. There are... Read more »

75 Things I Totally Suck At

75 Things I Totally Suck At
Yesterday,  the editor of a very respectable newspaper asked me to describe what I’m an expert on. Oh, now that’s rich! Seriously? Thank God he gave me a day or two to think about it, because at this point, nothing’s jumping to mind. Of course, had he asked for what I totally suck at, I... Read more »
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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 »

Share This With Every Gun Lover You Know

Dear Gun Lover, You’re not safer in your house with that gun in there.You’re just not. And you’re not being “proactive” teaching your kids how to handle weapons, either. What you’re doing is endangering all of us, and when I say all of us, I mean ALL of us. I showed my 11-year-old this video... Read more »

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3
Click here to read Part 1 Click here to read Part 2 In the hospital, the last thing Henry could remember about the accident was taking a turn too wide and having to make a choice: stay left and hit the hay bales or cut right into a pack of riders. He wasn’t wearing leathers... Read more »
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A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2
…Continued from Part 1 …Click here to read Part 3 “Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf!” “Yeah? That’s me!” I’m standing on an incline looking down at the crowd below. Did I seriously miss Henry coming down the hill? He probably wants to get into the rental car to get the lunch we packed. Jesus.... Read more »
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