Archive for June 2012

Becoming Episcopalian: Politics, religion, and Obamacare

Becoming Episcopalian: Politics, religion, and Obamacare
“There are always some people who feel that the Church is becoming partisan and political in this. But we try to point out to them that we didn’t pick the time, nor did we pick the fight. It’s something this administration chose to do, and chose to do in an election year. It really is... Read more »

There are no blueprints for dealing with a dysfunctional family

There are no blueprints for dealing with a dysfunctional family
There honestly are no blueprints, no guidelines, no “here are your options” manuals for dealing with a dysfunctional family. I’m using “dysfunctional” in a broad sense, to encompass the spectrum that ranges from slightly odd to full-on psychotic abuse. Okay, so in psychotic abuse situations, one should really cut and run, and hopefully get into... Read more »

There's a reason why people run with dogs, not cats

There's a reason why people run with dogs, not cats
My fantastic landlady/pilot/author extraordinaire asked me to take a picture of myself running so she can help me promote my fundraising cause for PAWS Chicago. I decided to take a more creative step, and pose with Joe, a PAWS alumnus (shelter name: Winchell. He was one of our fosters until we fell in love with... Read more »
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The sky is green and the grass is blue

The sky is green and the grass is blue
Have you ever talked with someone who shifts reality around as they speak? Have you tried, desperately, to bring up something from the past that you know they remember but they spin it around and make it mean something else? Or worse, they deny it, saying it was only your overactive imagination? I had vivid... Read more »

Why do women subject themselves to abuse in the name of religion?

Why do women subject themselves to abuse in the name of religion?
I wrote about this on my Becoming Episcopalian Facebook page as a status when I realized that it would be better suited to a blog post. It’s a very heady topic. Why don’t women simply LEAVE when abused? I suppose the answer is already inherent in the title. Because of their faith. I just finished... Read more »

News flash: not all librarians have time to read!

Yes, it’s true. We librarians don’t always have time to read. We’re supposed to be book addicts and read-a-holics. But sometimes we simply don’t read, for one reason or another. We’re supposed to know a goodly number of books in order to recommend them. We’re supposed to have basic recommendation knowledge. But sometimes we have... Read more »
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Big happy birthday to my brother, Tommy!

Also, did you know today is Flag Day? I didn’t either, 13 years ago, until dad took us 3 kids to the cafeteria to get food while we were visiting mom and newborn Tommy in the hospital. All the plates, napkins, and cups were red white and blue. Ever since, Tommy has absolutely loved the... Read more »

Is being deaf a blessing or a curse?

Is being deaf a blessing…or a curse? Sometimes I can’t decide. Some days it’s funny. A while back, I was trying to figure out why someone was talking about zombies. For the life of me, I can’t remember what the actual subject was, but I do remember I thought he was talking about zombies. Or... Read more »

Practicing Happiness

In Peter Pan, the characters have to think happy thoughts in order to fly. In the Harry Potter books, characters have to think happy thoughts in order to produce a Patronus, that keeps the Dementors at bay. Thar is what I thought of when a old friend of mine told me this: I’ve got a... Read more »
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Where are the good Chicago ice cream shops?

Where are the good Chicago ice cream shops?
Ever since I moved to Chicago with my husband, I have been seriously craving some good, homemade ice cream. There are some days when Breyers or even the pints of fancy ice cream just doesn’t cut it. Chicago peeps, I ask you, which ice cream shop can compare with the rich, creamy eCreamery ice cream?... Read more »