Archive for November 2013

Thanksgivukkah: 5 Ways to Mix It Up

Overheard at the Ronay house during a past Hanukkah: Can we light the menorah soon? I want to go to 5:15 mass. That’s how we do it around here.  H is Jewish.  I’m Catholic.  And we’ve been living in interfaith harmony since 2007. This year, as it turns out, the first night of Hanukkah is... Read more »

Family + the Holidays, a mini screenplay: What's your Role?

Cast: Polly: The planner, the boss, the eldest Lilly: The laborer, once rebellious, now resigned, the middle child Sally: The swooper, does not contribute other than bringing one dessert, the baby Mother: Their mother Setting: Thanksgiving Day at Polly’s house. Scene 1: In the kitchen, before dinner Polly, Lilly, Mother hovering around the oven.  Lilly... Read more »

The Book that Changed My Life

Once upon a time, on the island of Manhattan, two young, professional women took a lunch break. They sat outside, on the steps leading up to the World Financial Center, eating take away sushi. They talked and talked and confided and commiserated. “I can’t explain it.  I don’t feel like this is my life’s work,”... Read more »
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She Writes Chicago: Event Recap

The invitation: See my name bottom left! I was so flattered to be asked. The location: American Junkie, 15 W. Illinois St., Chicago. The host: Jillian Conley, author of Dating Chase Walker The charity: My Three Sisters Literacy Initiative. Learn more here. The #ChiWomenWriters: Check out my fellow writers here! ~~~ In the spirit of Stop... Read more »

Just when you think you've got it together

Like Duchess Kate, I recycle. Dresses, I mean. Well, one dress, recently. I wore it to my high school reunion, where – let’s just say – I got super silly. Read this. Five days later, I wore it to the She Writes Chicago event with a completely different mindset.  It went like this: It’s OK... Read more »

The Heaven and Hell of the High School Reunion

I was a nun in high school. Figuratively speaking, of course. I didn’t drink. I didn’t smoke. I didn’t do anything bad. Or fun. Never been kissed? Alright, I wasn’t that holy. Then, I went to college and although I couldn’t bear the thought of drinking beer – ew! – fraternity boys in kahki pants... Read more »
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Thanksgiving: 10 Things that are Easy to Hate about it

1. When people call it Turkey Day.  Shut up, cornball. It’s Thanksgiving. 2. Canned cranberry sauce.  Ew. You’re really going to eat that?  The way it’s so perfectly formed and is gelatinous and jiggles is just … ew. 3. When annoying people on television and/or the ones that live in your computer have to keep... Read more »