To the Matt Lauers, Harvey Weinsteins, Al Frankens and other men like them: this is for you

To the Matt Lauers, Harvey Weinsteins, Al Frankens and other men like them: this is for you
To all men living and breathing who have harassed, inappropriately touched, assaulted or even thought about any of the above: I am a woman, one of billions on this Earth. Us gals all possess several things: breasts, a vagina and a booty/ass/butt/rear end/fanny/tush/badonkadonk, or whatever you may call it on any given day. These body... Read more »

CHICAGO the band: I met them last night, bucket list = check!!

CHICAGO the band: I met them last night, bucket list = check!!
It’s August 1972. It’s a beautiful night in the summer of my fourteenth year and I am about to embark on my very first date. I am going to Ravinia to see a group that was formed right here in Chicago and aptly named, Chicago. That night, amidst the excitement of my date and the... Read more »

On turning 60, it’s really happening

On turning 60, it’s really happening
Last year on the eve of my 59th birthday I wrote of my feelings about it. It was so hard for me to believe that I was entering the last year of my fifties. Then I blinked and here I am, on the last day. I am turning 60. WOW.   This birthday, this one that... Read more »
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What happens in Vegas: it will never be the same

It’s been months since I have written a word. Maybe it’s because I have been too disgusted with the world we are living in these days that has rendered me silent. But this, this latest in the trend of the “largest mass shooting in US History” has caused my writers block to dissipate. I call... Read more »

Facebook, politics and religion: I say it's time to stop the madness!

Facebook, politics and religion: I say it's time to stop the madness!
While I am at my office I don’t typically take much of a break. My little makeshift kitchen is in said office so when I eat, I usually just sit at my computer. As a natural habit, I look at Facebook to get away from business for 20 minutes. Now, I’d prefer business emails to... Read more »

Post election: I'm going back to my bubble, care to join me?

Post election: I'm going back to my bubble, care to join me?
One month post election. Leading up to it it seemed as though it would never arrive, election day. Now it’s come and gone and the angst of what else is now to come doesn’t lose any ground. Half the country got what they want; the other half didn’t. I have learned a tremendous amount in... Read more »
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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 »