Posts in category "life style opinion"

The Valentines Day Grinch

How should a man who just broke up with his husband of 10 years celebrate Valentines Day? What should a woman do when her boyfriend is participating in a triathlon on Valentines weekend, spoiling the romantic dinner she had anticipated? How should a mother handle her second grade son wanting to create handmade valentines for... Read more »

The Shadow Box and Salvaged Memories

Cleaning out my mother’s apartment after she died was one of the saddest things I’ve done. Going through everything left behind felt like letting go of being a daughter. The task of dealing with Mom’s possessions started out far better than I expected. Luckily, my brothers and I get along and we followed her wishes.... Read more »

How Not to Honor Martin Luther King

At a grade school assembly to honor Martin Luther King, a child from a self-contained class for children on the autistic spectrum sat in the back of the room with his aide. He had no role in this assembly. He didn’t get to shake an instrument to accompany a song his grade sang. He didn’t... Read more »

Boomer Nostalgia: Puzzling Over the Spirit of the Sixties

Guess what I found in the attic Sunday morning? A 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle called Groovin’ Through the Sixties – A Close-up Look at a Far-out Decade! Here’s what it looks like: Then I went to see Beautiful, the musical about Carole King largely focused on the songs she wrote with her lyricist and first... Read more »

“In Other Shootings” -- Our Problem with Guns

“In other shootings.” Those words were actually the seventh paragraph in a story buried on page eight of today’s Chicago Tribune. The headline read “3 shot near W Hotel; 12 others shot citywide.” I guess the order of information in the story makes sense. The W Hotel is in a “good” neighborhood and can afford... Read more »

The New Star Wars Movie (Reviewed by a Woman Almost as Old as Harrison Ford)

Spoiler alert. RIP Han Solo…or maybe not? Actually, I’m not sure this is an official spoiler because I can never be certain if someone is truly finished off in a movie or television series. I still have not given up on Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. Regardless of outcome, if Harrison Ford at age... Read more »

Genealogy: My Father's Roots and Mine

Today, December 23, is National Roots Day. Whenever I think about my roots, I am inspired by my late father’s obsession with genealogy and discovering his family history. My father taught me that in order to adapt to the present and evolve with an eye toward the future, you have to understand the past. My... Read more »

On the Third Anniversary of Sandy Hook: Light Your Candle and Pass on the Flame

Today is the third anniversary of the day a shooter invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot 20 six and seven-year-olds and six adults to death. Yesterday was Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. It was also Hanukkah. As we lit the menorah with my son and his family in Boston, I shared my young grandsons’ delight... Read more »

Gun Violence and a Preschool Song of Peace

When three and four-year-olds at the preschool I directed sang these words, I was always moved to tears. Let there be peace on earth Let this be the moment now. With every step I take Let this be my solemn vow. To take each moment And live each moment With peace eternally. Let there be... Read more »

About Writing: My November Writer's Block

#MyMindIsShot&WeNeedGroceries…MaybeTomorrow? Yes, I actually wrote that in an email as an excuse for not working on my book or writing something for my blog yesterday. Totally embarrassing and totally true.  Lately, I have found it much easier to stumble through Jewel than come up with an original thought. ChicagoNow Community Manager Jimmy Greenfield recently posed... Read more »