Tris from Divergent is better than Katniss from the Hunger Games...there, I've said it.

Tris from Divergent is better than Katniss from the Hunger Games...there, I've said it.
“Insurgent,” the second movie based on the best-selling young adult dystopian trilogy, Divergent, opens this weekend. So last week, when my daughter Hannah was home for Spring Break from college, she and I decided to have a little mother/daughter bonding time by going to this “Meet the Writer” event with the author of the Divergent... Read more »

One thing I'm certain about: I don't like uncertainty.

One thing I'm certain about: I don't like uncertainty.
As a part of our ChicagoNow blogging community, once a week we are invited to write about a particular topic, as a part of a series called This Blogger Life. Our topic this week is “The best advice I ever received.” For me it wasn’t something someone said to me, it was  something I ran... Read more »

Snapshots from a not-so-good-at-being-godly year.

Snapshots from a not-so-good-at-being-godly year.
So, I started this Spiritual Suckitude blog a year ago now. Started it first as my own WordPress site, then in May, I joined this community of ChicagoNow bloggers. I’ve been writing in it on an almost-weekly basis these past twelve months…doing it as a way to pay more attention to my life and to... Read more »
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What this married mother of two daughters learned from Fifty Shades of Grey

What this married mother of two daughters learned from Fifty Shades of Grey
When I was coming of age, in the early 70s, at a time when second wave feminism had kicked in and was going strong, I had this crazy idea that how women and men felt about female sexuality was going to change. And it was going to be great. No longer were women going to... Read more »

Giving up stuff for Lent is ridiculous, right?

Giving up stuff for Lent is ridiculous, right?
Wednesday marked the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent 2015. In the Christian liturgical calendar, Lent is a time when people often give up stuff that might be, you know, considered less than optimal for their lives. Meat has historically been a biggie. Recently Facebook has been popular. I have often used it as... Read more »

I wrote my epitaph and you won't believe what happened next. Caution: it involves Pop Tarts.

I wrote my epitaph and you won't believe what happened next. Caution: it involves Pop Tarts.
I’m getting on a plane on Sunday night to head off for a two-week trip to South Africa for my work. That sounds very exciting and interesting, doesn’t it…something I should be doing little happy dances about? So I’ve been thinking a lot about death. Clearly, I am not in the category of “things that... Read more »
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I'm showing my age. And I'm good with that. Mostly.

I'm showing my age. And I'm good with that. Mostly.
I had a birthday last week. But I hesitate to tell you which one. Because I think you will think less of me. Or at least differently about me. You will think I’m old. Really old. And you will write me off. Why? Because we are a little obsessed with staying young in this culture.... Read more »

Let’s start the anti-self-improvement movement...are you with me?

Let’s start the anti-self-improvement movement...are you with me?
To be clear, I want to improve myself. Not only do I want to improve myself, I think I’m supposed to want to. In fact, I think you will think less of me, if I’m not on a self-improvement quest of some sort or another, or on multiple ones. Like: Trying to lose weight. Look... Read more »

My top 10 fears of 2014 and what I plan to do about them in 2015.

My top 10 fears of 2014 and what I plan to do about them in 2015.
At our church’s Christmas Eve service on Wednesday night, a giant angel showed up. And scared this little girl. OK, so it wasn’t a real angel…just a puppet one. But at 10 feet tall with a 15-foot wingspan, requiring five humans to operate, it was impressive. Created several years ago by puppet maker, Shoshanna Utchenik,... Read more »
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How to have yourself an imperfectly merry little Christmas.

How to have yourself an imperfectly merry little Christmas.
I have no clean underwear. I’m a grown woman, “mature” even (though barely in her 50s — which side of the 50s, I’m not saying), and I have been traveling for work and putting in so many hours at the office and therefore not home enough to do laundry and now, it’s the Saturday before... Read more »