Category: Blogging

Did Facebook's new algorithm make me invisible?

Did Facebook's new algorithm make me invisible?
Facebook’s new algorithm has me feeling like a nobody. The last few times I posted a status update, no one Liked it. No one commented on it. I got crickets. I felt betrayed by all 986 of my closest friends. Usually I get all sorts of Likes and comments. Only rarely, crickets. So, what’s up?... Read more »

Regret not running the Chicago Marathon? The A City Mom solution

Regret not running the Chicago Marathon? The A City Mom solution
It’s that time of year again, when the marathon is over and you are full of regret because you let another year go by without running it. (Feel free to use the same excuse I used this year: Someone brought back Twinkies.) However, A City Mom believes a better choice than offering excuses is offering solutions!... Read more »

A barbershop is no place for tears: Al's closes its doors for good

A barbershop is no place for tears: Al's closes its doors for good
Al’s Barbershop on Grace Street has closed its doors and I am heartbroken. Al’s was one of my favorite places in this city, and not just because it was mostly always quiet there. Al Soehn and his barbershop represent everything that’s right about Chicago and its neighborhoods. A good man running a good business, beloved... Read more »
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Back when I was doing stand up comedy at The Laugh Factory

Back when I was doing stand up comedy at The Laugh Factory
I am not a stand-up comic, but I played one at the Laugh Factory a couple of weeks ago. No, it wasn’t on a dare and I did not lose a bet. The ChicagoNow bloggers had the run of the place on the night of April 16th and, on a first come first serve basis,... Read more »

Cubs Opening Day! A new beginning for a new season ticket holder

Cubs Opening Day! A new beginning for a new season ticket holder
Today is the Chicago Cubs home opener and I couldn’t be more excited. And that’s not just because it’s not snowing. This marks our first year as Cubs season ticket holders. I know! After over ten-years on the waiting list (when I signed up, back in the ‘90’s, I was, like, number 16,253) we finally... Read more »

When we took away her phone, my daughter showed up

When we took away her phone, my daughter showed up
Two weeks ago, my daughter had her phone privileges revoked. And then a funny thing happened. She showed up. I hadn’t even realized she’d been missing. And that’s the sad truth. Hiding out with her phone in her room or down in the basement while watching TV, sometimes right along with us, busily texting her... Read more »
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It's "Donna Day" at ChicagoNow

It's "Donna Day" at ChicagoNow
Donna was the daughter of one of the bloggers in our ChicagoNow family, Mary Tyler Mom. Donna died at the age of four of pediatric cancer. You can read her heart-breaking story here. But even better, you can donate to the non-profit Mary Tyler Mom created to honor Donna and raise money for pediatric cancer... Read more »

This Yankee girl guest blogs over at Southern Writers Magazine

Why the folks at Southern Writers Magazine and their Suite-T (get it?) blog wanted me as a guest blogger, I don’t know. I’m not even from the south side of Chicago. Perhaps, somehow, they heard about my first venture, at the age of twelve, with novel-length fiction? Regardless, if you want a fix of A... Read more »

It's Christmas Card Time

It's Christmas Card Time
It’s Christmas card time! Which of course explains why I’m sitting here writing this instead of sitting at my dining room table writing out my cards. Don’t get me wrong, sending out my Christmas card is one of my favorite things about the whole holiday season. I love it, especially the part when I can... Read more »
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First ChicagoNow Author Night is Tonight!

Like books? Like blogs? Then come on out to the first, of what we hope to be many, ChicagoNow Author Night! It’s tonight at 7pm at the The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, Chicago. Five ChicagoNow blogger/authors will be reading from their latest books, followed by a Q & A session and book signing. The... Read more »