Any Road Will Take You There

Any Road Will Take You There
With Father’s Day still on our minds, I want to call attention to a new memoir written by my friend and fellow Chicago Writers Association member, David Berner, entitled, Any Road Will Take You There. (And I know this would have been so much better for all involved had I written and posted it before... Read more »

On Memorial Day, Remember

On Memorial Day, Remember
Today, let’s remember that Freedom is Not Free.. Let’s remember all the brave men and women who fought and died for our country, for the freedoms we enjoy every day. Let’s not take for granted that we can voice our opinions, however different, about our politicians, our government, our baseball teams or even perhaps the... Read more »

Five more things only Mom can do

Turn a dirty sock right side out. 

Because who doesn't love sticking their hand inside dirty, sweaty, smelly socks? Over and over and over again.
Last month I wrote a blog about the  Ten Things Only Mom Can Do. Little did I know, there were five more things lurking, waiting in the shadows, for me. And me alone. Thank you for reading! Please join A City Mom on Facebook here and/or following me on Twitter @acitymom.  Did you enjoy A City Mom? Here’s... Read more »
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All I want for Mother's Day: All my children with me

Tonight, on Mother’s Day Eve, which is a new holiday that I just made up, I find myself fantasizing about how I want tomorrow to go. I want to sleep in. Late. I want breakfast in bed, as per tradition (Pop-Tarts with the wrappers off!) and I want to, for twenty-four solid hours, not CLEAN... Read more »

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 »

Hey stupid retail store, Do you have YOUR A City Mom card?

Hey stupid retail store, Do you have YOUR A City Mom card?
“Do you have a CVS card?” “Do you have a Jewel card?” “Do you have your Staples, OfficeMax, Sports Authority, Petco, Petsmart, PetSupplies Plus, Awful Store You Only Get to Once a Year Card?” How about this, annoying retail store: Do you have your A City Mom Card? Your Kim Strickland Card? Why not? You... Read more »
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Sometimes, you need more than a smile. You need an umbrella.

Sometimes, you need more than a smile. You need an umbrella.
If last week’s rainstorms taught me anything, it’s how often we lose things around here. On Saturday I had to buy three umbrellas at Jewel, because we were down to our last one and, naturally, I was worried that if it rained again anytime soon, everyone else in my family would get wet. Our umbrellas... Read more »

Ten things only Mom can do

Eat Spotted Bananas.
Why is it that no one is capable of eating a banana unless it is pristine? The dirty work of eating spotted bananas falls to you Mom. Thank goodness this mom likes smoothies. (And little do they know, eating spotted bananas gives you super powers!) Which all moms need when...
Please tell me it’s like this at your house. Is there an unwritten list of actions or projects or chores that no one else will do and, if it weren’t for Mom, they wouldn’t get done at all? I’m talking about small, everyday tasks that, apparently, when other members of the household are confronted with... 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 »
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Red is the "Gateway" Hair Color

Little did I know a year-and-a-half ago when I let my daughter get some red highlights in her beautiful dark brown-almost-black hair that “Red is the gateway color.” I mean, I was thinking, Oh a few red highlights. Mostly harmless! A fun, safe way for a teenage girl to express herself, get some cool props... Read more »