Overboard reboot: Anna Faris, will you be our new Annie Goulahie?

Dear Anna, This is only the second open letter I’ve ever penned. The first was addressed to your boy Eugenio back in 2015 when he announced news of a possible Overboard reboot. Obviously. Anyway, this afternoon I received an email from a beloved uncle with only a link in the body. No other words were necessary:... Read more »

That time I ruined my kid’s birthday

Almost two years ago I penned a post  where I whined about the fallout from kids’ birthday parties; jeers, tears, and beers always followed those overstimulating, sugar-filled two-hour fiestas. I’m pleased to say things have improved markedly when it comes to behavior during and post friends’ parties, however, hosting a shindig continues to be a... Read more »

Coming to terms with mortality: 'Keep in touch' has a new meaning

Heads up: This post is about the passing of my grandfather and includes some discussion of hospitals and such.  I last spoke with my grampie on July 21  – just two months ago.  He’d spent a week in Chicago celebrating all types of family and then headed back to his Missouri bachelor pad to recover from... Read more »
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Skylanders, Lego Dimensions, Pokemon: What the Hell is my kid talking about?

My kid turned six this week. He asked for two gifts for his birthday: a Nerf Zombie Strike gun and Lego Dimensions, a video game to play on his hand-me-down X-Box. I turned to my BFF, Google,to figure out what in Sam Hill this child was talking about. Ultimately, I opted for a single shot... Read more »

Netflix's Orange is the New Black slams the criminalization of mental illness

After months of waiting, Orange is the New Black’s (OITNB) season four was released in late June, and yes, I binged the Hell out of all 13 episodes. If you aren’t familiar with OITNB, what, pray tell, is wrong with you? the show, which boasts an amazing ensemble cast, initially revolves around Piper Chapman (played... Read more »

Dumpster diving at a funeral home and other socially unacceptable behavior

Concerned that I’m getting my act together with all of this public school advocacy business? Rest assured, I’m not. 1. I recently received word that I’m soon headed abroad for a work-related trip. Since said trip requires a visa, I thought I’d prove myself responsible and get my passport to my colleague before he had... Read more »
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Gov. Rauner, you're wrong; CPS is #notaprison

Like many a politician, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner appears to suffer from the dreaded foot-in-mouth disease. Just today he filled his pie hole during a tour of Chicago Tech incubator 1871, when likened our public school system to a prison. “The simple fact is that when you look objectively at the state of Chicago Public... Read more »

5 rookie mistakes I made as a kindergartner's parent

The transition to Kindergarten can be a sticky one. And by sticky I mean, “HOLY HELL, WHOSE PANTS ARE YOU WEARING?” While my kid settled in just fine after a rocky week or two, I continued to make foolish decisions all damn year long. Because I believe in paying it forward, I’ve got five tips... Read more »

Make the most out of screen time:10 film adaptations your family will love

Who doesn’t love a good book to Hollywood film adaptation? Some studios do an exceptional job bringing a book to the big screen(e.g., Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and others miss by the mark by a zillion miles (e.g., live- action The Cat in the Hat). And  let’s be honest, comparing what the  writers and directors perceive... Read more »
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Worry about your kids, not Target's bathroom policy

My kid is a wanderer. Most of the time he’s not being insubordinate, just easily distracted. Yesterday, after school, he chased his friends around the perimeter of the lot and I watched as he slipped out onto the sidewalk to keep their pace. We left, and through tears, he promised he “would work on it”.... Read more »
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