U-Haul: to use or not to use, not even a question!

Dear U-Haul: I never knew that there was a website devoted entirely to the fact that you completely and totally suck. Yes, it’s true. www.uhaulsucks.com. A. Whole. Entire. Website. It takes a lot of awful shit going down for that to happen. You see U Haul, you should be called U Fail. Or maybe it’s... Read more »

On being an adult orphan: closing a chapter in my life

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. My father passed away. We buried him on the 5th. We emptied his apartment yesterday. Worst thing ever. And now, I face the grim reality that I am an orphan. I don’t care that I am fifty six years old, I just know that I now have no... Read more »

My Father, my friend

My Father, my friend
Early in the morning hours of August 2nd, my father took his last breath. I was not there; I had planned to but God works in mysterious ways and perhaps he did not want me to be there for that. I had decided the night before to wait until morning – the hospice nurse had... Read more »
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Dear Target: I'm finding everything just fine

Dear Target: I'm finding everything just fine
Dear Target: It’s never been a secret how much I love you. If you add up the receipts from my shopping with you, you’ll know just how much. I can rarely leave your store without spending at least a hundred dollars – as a matter of fact one time my bill was exactly that: $100.00... Read more »

Poison Ivy: the devil in disguise

So I’ve been away from the computer for awhile. Been busy scratching. Not too long ago I had written about how bad things had kept happening, how the virtual shit had not stopped hitting the fan. Later that week I was so frustrated I decided that some serious gardening would do the trick; it would... Read more »

Music: one of the greatest loves of my life

Music: one of the greatest loves of my life
As our monthly Chicagonow blogapalooza hour is upon us, we have been called upon to write a love letter to something – not someone. It only took a moment to think of one thing that I love more than most other things in the world – music. So, I give you my ode to the... Read more »
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A normal day, a normal life

Right now I am sitting in a hotel room in Hartford, WI. I’ve been in my PJ’s since 6pm, working and entering orders on my computer from a busy work day. I drove around 175 miles today, listened to the audio CD of “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and went on two sales calls. I wrote... Read more »

Choosing hope: when the s#*@t just doesn't stop hitting the fan

Choosing hope: when the s#*@t just doesn't stop hitting the fan
Hope. “To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true”. Webster’s definition. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”. Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption. Hope, hope, hope. I live for it. I hold onto it as though it is... Read more »

Finding Lauren Spierer: who thought three years would go by with no answers?

Finding Lauren Spierer: who thought three years would go by with no answers?
June 3, 2011. I was having a conversation with my younger daughter who mentioned a girl at Indiana University had gone missing early in the morning hours of that day. It gave me chills; my older daughter had graduated from IU the year before and lived in the same building as the missing girl. Her... Read more »
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People Magazine: Shame on you for putting The Kim Kardashian/Kanye West wedding on your cover

I have been reading People Magazine since the first issue sporting Mia Farrow on the cover in March 1974. Sometimes their coverage of events is understandable. Other times it is reprehensible. It’s never pissed me off enough to stop reading though. That may change after this weeks issue. It’s no secret that I loathe Kim... Read more »