Archive for May 2012

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Political Advertising Season

By Rick Kaempfer Thanks to the Supreme Court Citizen’s United decision, experts say we’re due for more political advertising this year than ever before. When you are bombarded by constant political advertising it doesn’t take long for that to infect every part of society. Discussions like these will soon be commonplace… In a couple’s master... Read more »

A picture speaks a thousand words: Mom and Dad are Dork 1 and Dork 2

A picture speaks a thousand words: Mom and Dad are Dork 1 and Dork 2
My family and I ran the Ravenswood run this year, and I already wrote a blog about it. But I’m writing another one, because a little while later, the online photos showed up only to emphasize what my husband and I already suspected as parents of three teenagers: we may be dorks. Now, as a... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: German Chicago

An out-of-town friend of ours was visiting not too long ago and asked me if I could take him to Chicago’s German neighborhood. We went to the only German neighborhood that still looks like a German neighborhood (Lincoln Square), but we both realized that it’s German-ness was hanging by a thread. In a few years... Read more »
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A City Mom steps in to fill huge gaping void of blogs about Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day. I’m A City Mom. I should say something. Something (<——get it?)  profound, deep,  meaningful and heartfelt about the holiday. Here it is:   In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m taking the whole damn weekend off.   Thank you for reading A City Mom! Follow me on Twitter @acitymom and/or Like me on... Read more »

A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Superheroes for Aging Grown Ups

By Rick Kaempfer The movie “The Avengers” is doing big box office. I haven’t seen it yet, and I probably won’t see it unless my boys force me to take them. Superheroes just don’t speak to me as much as they once did. The sorts of things they save people from aren’t really problems I... Read more »

Can a dog understand a broken promise?

Can a dog understand a broken promise?
Last night before bed, I made a promise to my dog. I snuggled up to her and said, “Tomorrow morning, you and me, running by the lake. Would you like that? Jogging? You and me?” and she licked my face. We do this routine all the time when my plan is to go for a... Read more »
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A Suburban Dad's Guest Blog: Cheering for Mathletes

By Rick Kaempfer This weekend I’m heading down to Champaign to cheer on my oldest son Tommy as he competes in the state math finals (His sophomore team qualified in the geometry category). I was planning on just quietly watching, but I found out that the school will not be sending their cheerleaders to the... Read more »

Household chores more hazardous to my health than running, or, Why can't I have an interesting injury story?

Household chores more hazardous to my health than running, or, Why can't I have an interesting injury story?
Let this be a cautionary tale. My entire immediate family and I ran the Ravenswood Run 5K on Sunday and yesterday I hurt my knee doing the filing. That’s right! The lesson here is never do the filing! I don’t know if the two are related. I felt fine after the race and all morning... Read more »