Archive for 2013

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 »

Gun Play In Preschool: Addressing Violence With Young Children

Gun Play In Preschool: Addressing Violence With Young Children
This column, about gun play in preschool, first appeared in Evanston, Illinois on Patch.com, November 25, 2013. If you read only one paragraph in this column, please read the last one and share it with anyone you know who hopes to put a stop to gun violence. On November 17th, I received this Facebook message... Read more »

Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help Someone

Domestic Violence: What You Can Do To Help Someone
If you know someone who might be in an abusive relationship, err on the side of caution and look into it. Recently, I met a woman who’s been trying to escape a situation of domestic abuse. Her scenario is eerily similar to so many in our nation. On the outside, she and her family seem... Read more »
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Stop The Fighting: Government Shutdown Kills Literacy & Research

I’m furious about the government shutdown. This morning, I started writing a picture book for children. A child tries to help his crossing guard when he learns she cannot read. It’s inspired by a true story. Now, the first rule in writing for children often boils down to identifying the problem needing to be solved.... 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 »

Why "The Fox" Went Viral: 10 Observations on the Ylvis Music Video

Why "The Fox" Went Viral: 10 Observations on the Ylvis Music Video
Have you seen the video for “Fox” by Ylvis? If you haven’t, click on the link below to check it out, but keep an open mind. Click here to watch the video for “Fox” by Ylvis 1. First time you watch it, you’ll think it’s a joke, especially when the guy goes, “What the fox... Read more »
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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 »

Fruitvale Station -- My First Movie Review

Fruitvale Station -- My First Movie Review
Oscar Grant was far from perfect. He’d been a teenage dad. Cheated on his girl. Sold drugs. Spent time in prison. Played loud music with offensive lyrics. Lost his job. Still, he loves his five-year-old daughter and works to repair his damaged relationships. He dumps the drugs and makes his bed. He is a kind,... Read more »

Princess Kate Still Has a Baby Pooch!

Princess Kate Still Has a Baby Pooch!
After delivering 3 babies, I’ve been intrigued amazed stunned shocked embarrassed horrified  fascinated by the fact that I look 8 months pregnant following expulsion. You heard me. I thought it was just because I was 5 feet tall. I thought it was just because I ate to my heart’s gestational content. I thought it was... 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 »