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 »

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 name “When You Put it That Way” was born. During this... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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Trump, Trump, Trump: I vote for a Trump free week, any takers?

Trump, Trump, Trump: I vote for a Trump free week, any takers?
Donald Trump. Don Trump (Martin Sheen calls him this). The Donald. Donald Drumpf. Trump. Trump. Trump. I say enough. I can’t imagine what the news will be like post election when we don’t hear his name every. single. day. Or will we? He’ll continue to rattle his opposition with insane rhetoric and we will all,... Read more »

Playing golf: the ultimate getaway from election 2016

Playing golf: the ultimate getaway from election 2016
Golf. Once upon a time I viewed it as a four letter word right up there with the worst of them. My husband has spent a good part of the last thirty years we have been married on the golf course. It took him away on summer weekends, left me carless on many a vacation... Read more »

Presidential Race 2016: An open letter to all the candidates

Presidential Race 2016: An open letter to all the candidates
Dear Presidential hopefuls, As we are now deeply into the Presidential Race 2016, for the first time in my life I have been paying extremely close attention to each of you. After watching the Republican debate last night as well as the most recent town halls for Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders I can only... Read more »
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YOU by Caroline Kepnes: the sequel, HIDDEN BODIES is coming out in February and damn, it's so good

YOU by Caroline Kepnes: the sequel, HIDDEN BODIES is coming out in February and damn, it's so good
Often times books and films have sequels that never seem to live up to the original. When I first read the thriller “YOU”, by Caroline Kepnes I could not imagine that anything could be better. It hit all the notes and buttons of being the kind of book that would become a bestseller. So, how... Read more »