A childhood belief betrayed: the day my life changed forever

A childhood belief betrayed: the day my life changed forever
Once a month Chicagonow gives us a subject that we can write about. We have an hour and I haven’t done it in a very long time. Tonight’s subject, “write about something you believed as a child or in your youth that turned out not to be true”. I had to participate. In 1965, I... Read more »

Small Business Saturday November 26: what it really means to those retailers and why you need to shop small!

Small Business Saturday November 26: what it really means to those retailers and why you need to shop small!
Once upon a time I owned a boutique in a small town. Despite having another job as a self employed, independent sales rep, I had always dreamed of owning a store. For eight years I lived that dream but unfortunately that dream had to end. Thank you economy in 2008 and the myriad of shoppers... Read more »

Remember when the Cubs won the World Series?

Remember when the Cubs won the World Series?
Euphoria. A happiness that almost felt illegal to feel. A joy that had not been experienced in a lifetime. These are all things that describe my feeling on the night of November 2nd when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Does anyone remember that night? A fellow blogger over at “I’ve Got The Hippy... Read more »
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Cubs first World Series home game: where will you be and how much will you spend?

Cubs first World Series home game: where will you be and how much will you spend?
I’m annoyed. Yes, annoyed. I love the Cubs more than most things in life – always have. They defined my childhood and have been a good part of my adult life’s entertainment, angst and all. But the fact that I can’t even think about going to a Cubs World Series home game after the number... Read more »

On this, the eve of my 59th birthday

On this, the eve of my 59th birthday
I am perched comfortably in my bed, occasionally looking over at the clock. Right now, it’s 11:22pm and I am still 58 years old. I am hanging on to these last moments of this age because I still have the opportunity to say I’ll be fifty something one more time. Next year, well – that... Read more »

Cubs win the NLDS: Now it's getting serious

Cubs win the NLDS: Now it's getting serious
Dear Cubs, WOW, just WOW. The greatest post season comeback in history. You did it. I am still in a state of shock and I’m guessing you are too. No one does that – I mean no one!! And yet, you did. But now, it’s time to get serious. In 2003 I was at the... Read more »
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Donald Trump: Enough I say, once and for all

Donald Trump: Enough I say, once and for all
When I first decided to write a blog for Chicagonow, I had an idea of how to phrase my exact purpose. My hope was to express my thoughts and feelings in such a way as to possibly change some opinions on certain issues. Hence, the nameĀ “When You Put it That Way” was born. During this... Read more »

9/11 and why never forgetting is often forgotten

9/11 and why never forgetting is often forgotten
It’s been a beautiful day here in Chicagoland. The sun was shining with perfect temperatures, extending summer into September the way we always hope for. It would have been very easy to ignore all the news reports about today being the 15th anniversary of the worst day in American history. But I never do, it... Read more »

To my adult children: I will always worry about you so deal with it

To my adult children: I will always worry about you so deal with it
My kids call me crazy. Let me rephrase that: the adults I gave birth to call me crazy. They are 26 and 28 and I worry about them just as much now as I did since the day they were born. And that is never, ever, ever going to change. I have always suffered from... Read more »
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An open letter to Tom Ricketts: If the Cubs play in the world series, give free tickets to lifelong Cubs fans over the age of 80

An open letter to Tom Ricketts: If the Cubs play in the world series, give free tickets to lifelong Cubs fans over the age of 80
Dear Mr. Ricketts, As a lifelong Cubs fan I have spent thousands of hours wishing and hoping that I will someday live to see your team play in a World Series. It’s hard to even imagine the joy and thrill of having that experience and wonder if this, this year of 2016, is truly THE... Read more »