Posts in category "Chicago"

2014 Race To Mackinac

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The annual Race to Mackinac (pronounced MAC-in-awe) is sailing’s Freshwater Marathon, and this year’s 106th race marks my husband’s 4th. Twenty-six summers ago, when Mike and I were interns in Chicago riding the METRA to and from our respective parents’ homes, he confided a dream. “Before I die,” he’d said, “I want to crew on... Read more »

Suburban Mom's Meaty Interview With Chicago Writer Samantha Irby

Suburban Mom's Meaty Interview With Chicago Writer Samantha Irby
[This column originally appeared -- with profanity edited by its author for any sensitive, suburban eyes -- on Patch.com in Evanston, Illinois.] I have a confession. I might have engaged in a bit of stalker behavior while trying to land an interview (below) with Samantha Irby. Before I ever knew she was a Chicago performer,... Read more »

Barack Obama In My Dining Room

Barack Obama In My Dining Room
I’m in New York City for a writers’ conference. It’s the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Annual Winter Conference. Betcha didn’t know societies like that even existed, did you? We don’t walk around in Harry Potter-like cloaks and we don’t sit around swapping nursery rhymes, either. We talk about what inspires children... Read more »
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Strictly Sail Chicago Blows Into The Windy City January 24-27

Strictly Sail Chicago Blows Into The Windy City January 24-27
Midwest sailors know about Strictly Sail Chicago. For four days this January 24-27, Navy Pier becomes a sailor’s escape from the cold, dry-dock life we’re forced to live the greater part of a year. Walk into Strictly Sail Chicago and you’re immediately surrounded by every like-minded (or wannabe) lover of wind and water, whether it’s... Read more »

My Beautiful Lake Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Park near Traverse City, Michigan
I grew up in the land-locked, northwest suburbs of Chicago, then married a sailor. During our 21-year marriage, we’ve shared breathtaking sunsets, downpours and rainbows — always on or near this greatest of lakes: Lake Michigan. Michael asked me to marry him on Oak Street Beach in Chicago, and each of our three children were... Read more »