Posts in category "Change of Pace"

Tragically Hip: Why have I given up the ability to run?

Tragically Hip: Why have I given up the ability to run?
Blogapalooza: When ChicagoNow bloggers are given a topic with a strict one hour time limit to create, edit and post.  Tonight’s topic: “Write about something in your life you’ve given up but that you wish you still did.” RUN is the first thing that popped into my head.  I don’t run anymore.  I don’t play... Read more »

Is it easier raising children in the suburbs?

Is it easier raising children in the suburbs?
It has been just over three months since my family moved from Chicago’s northside to the northern suburbs.  I used to joke that as I aged, the farther north I would move.  From Lakeview  to Uptown to Lincoln Square, I now finding myself in the northern suburbs; that recent jump was much larger than the... Read more »

The Challenge of the Gift of Life

The Challenge of the Gift of Life
I’m in bed.  I’m cold and my wife is standing next to me.  That damn gown I’m wearing is not  comfortable. My abdomen is completely shaved. I’m nervous. I’m sick. “Your mother is almost done,” is called by a nurse nearby. My mind raced: Will these be the last breaths I take?  Will I see... Read more »
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Advice to a 14th Grade Nothing

Advice to a 14th Grade Nothing
Here I am at the end of the bar.  You see me staring at you.  I’m alone.  I have a Jay Cutler look on my face (although you don’t know who Jay Cutler is, do you?) I have that smug look because I was just served rail scotch in a plastic cup.  I didn’t like... Read more »

Broken and Defeated: When mommy’s away, how two kids psychologically destroyed this father

Broken and Defeated: When mommy’s away, how two kids psychologically destroyed this father
I am on the floor in a stupor from lack of sleep.  I smell.  I’ve been in the same clothes for the last 20 some hours.  I’m unshaven; I’m unshowered.  In a word: unkempt.  Disheveled is another.  You see, my wife– and more importantly right now, the mother of my children!!– is in Denver on... Read more »

Turning 40: A time to celebrate? Or time to look for burial plots?

Turning 40: A time to celebrate?  Or time to look for burial plots?
What a difference a year makes.  One year ago, on March 14th, my wife and I put our three month old daughter into a stroller and walked over to Café Selmarie for a late breakfast.  It was 80 degrees and sunny.  I had shorts on.    I felt guilty for not being at the office; so... Read more »
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In an increasingly difficult world, we need more random acts of kindness

In an increasingly difficult world, we need more random acts of kindness
Living in Chicago has become more and more difficult.  The cost of doing– well everything– has skyrocketed and will continue to go up.  Even doing free things like taking a walk on the lakefront could cost more if you have to take a bus to get to there.  It seems like if I go to... Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Out with the Old and in with the New (Attitude)!

New Year’s Resolution: Out with the Old and in with the New (Attitude)!
Happy Happy New Year!  I go into 2013 with mixed emotions.  Mostly, I go into 2013 tired.  I keep using the word “refreshed” around my friends and family.  I kept saying throughout all of 2012 I could not get anywhere near refreshed.  Granted, juggling a newborn baby and running a law practice, along with the... Read more »

Tonight’s Powerball Jackpot: Hands off my $500 million!

Tonight’s Powerball Jackpot: Hands off my $500 million!
It was strange coming into my office this morning—looking at it for the last time through the lens of someone who actually needs the office to earn a living.  You see, by this time tomorrow, I will be roughly $350,000,000.00 richer (after taxes).  Maybe, I’ll stumble in tomorrow around noon, unkempt with a screwdriver in... Read more »
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Mitt Romney: Strong women are not in binders, they’re in the room

Mitt Romney: Strong women are not in binders, they’re in the room
Last night I sat transfixed by Ethel, a documentary on the life on Ethel Kennedy. Her strength was evident– Bobby would not have been able to accomplish the things he was able to, in his short life, without Ethel– she was clearly his rock. To watch her continue raising 10 children and give birth to... Read more »