5 MORE Reasons Modern Parenting is in Crisis

5 MORE Reasons Modern Parenting is in Crisis
Yesterday, I saw this awesome article in Huffington Post by Emma Jenner called “5 Reasons Modern Parenting is in Crisis.” With every single reason, my head was furiously nodding, “YES! YES!” In summation, there are things this society does on the regular that seem to be helpful, and yet are only hindering children’s growth into... Read more »

The Second City Trained Me to Take Chances: Now, I Swing for the Picket Fences

The Second City Trained Me to Take Chances: Now, I Swing for the Picket Fences
Last year, I took a little chance. After joining ChicagoNow and being a part of Listen to your Mother, I was explaining to Mr. South of I-80 that I wanted to learn more about writing, specifically comedy writing. He looked at me and said, “Erin, we live in the same city where they train most... Read more »

An Ode to Saturday Morning

This post is a part of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooza Hour. The writers at ChicagoNow are given a topic and one hour to write. This month’s topic is to: Write a love letter, but it can’t be to a person. Dear Saturday Morning, I have loved you for as long as I can remember. From the moment... Read more »
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South of I80 Community Honors PFC Aaron Toppen with Procession

Sometimes in life, it is hard to find hope. For the family of PFC Aaron Toppen, it must be almost impossible. South of I80, specifically the community of Mokena is grieving the loss of this young solider, Aaron, who was killed in friendly fire almost two weeks ago in Afghanistan. Every day last week, on... Read more »

Q&A With a ChicagoNow Blogger: Joe Grace Talking About All My Favorite Things

I was so happy to have the chance to interview Joe Grace of ChicagoNow’s Going for Gusto as part of Q&A With a ChicagoNow Blogger. After reading Joe’s blog, I was excited to talk to him about a few of my favorite things: kids, food, movies, writing, and Chicago. Check out what Joe has to say.... Read more »

No Limit Laughs: Suburban Family Comedy Fun

I bet you already knew that Chicago is known as a comedy town. In fact, it was recently voted as America’s funniest city. With Chicago being home to Second City, Zanies, Up Comedy Club, iO Theater, and countless other comedy hot spots, on any given night in the city there are shows for stand up,... Read more »
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Dear Congress: Here's a Common Sense Proposal Balancing Guns and Safety

Dear Congress: Here's a Common Sense Proposal Balancing Guns and Safety
Dear Congress, I am certain I love my kids. I am certain they love me. I am certain I will do anything in my power to protect them. There are also a few things that I am pretty sure of in this life. For example, Mr. South of I-80 will most likely wake me up... Read more »

Guns in Target: Why Would You Bring a Gun to Buy Oreos?

This is what I like to call a TONGUE IN CHEEK ALERT. This is satire. This is a step away from my usual writing. However,  I cannot be the only person who was thinking, “why Oreos?” The recent picture Tweeted around the world of Open Carry Texas participants shopping in Target has not only caused... Read more »

George Carlin Death of a Comedy Hero

This post is a part of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooza Hour. The writers at ChicagoNow are given a topic and one hour to write. This month’s topic is to: Write about a person, or persons, you never met whose death had an impact on you. Can be a writer, a celebrity, a politician, or a regular person... Read more »
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End of the School Year: There is Such a Thing as Too Much Fun

End of the School Year: There is Such a Thing as Too Much Fun
Have you seen this post going around in the Huffington Post by Jen Hatmaker about how she is the worst parent at the end of the school year ever? Or this one on Buzzfeed comparing what parents are like at the beginning of the school year compared to the end of the school year? While... Read more »