A City Mom Defends her Thesis (Well, something like that-her choice to raise kids in the city)

A City Mom Defends her Thesis (Well, something like that-her choice to raise kids in the city)
Last week a lovely graduate student from Virginia Commonwealth University contacted me in regards to her research project on the topic of city moms. I know! She wanted to know why we chose to raise our kids in the city and what a typical day might be like (do I dare tell this young woman... 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 »

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 »
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Tom Skilling won't friend me on Facebook

Tom Skilling won't friend me on Facebook
Two-and-a-half-years ago, I tried to Friend Tom Skilling on Facebook. It was not the typical Facebook friending nonsense, you know, like, I want to have a bunch of famous friends so people will think I’m cool. (Okay, it maybe was just a little bit of that.) But c’mon, we all know who these frantic famous-frienders... Read more »

A stolen wallet and iPhone teaches me...gratitude

A stolen wallet and iPhone teaches me...gratitude
A week ago today, someone broke into my car and stole my wallet and cellphone. I was parked on Recreation Drive and had left the car to go running with my dog along the lakefront. It’s the first time in over twenty-years of living in this city that I’ve been the victim of a sort... 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 »
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Grab your FREE copy of Down at the Golden Coin on Kindle Today!

Grab your FREE copy of Down at the Golden Coin on Kindle Today!
My second novel, Down at the Golden Coin, about an unemployed airline pilot who meets God at the laundromat, will be ABSOLUTELY FREE today and tomorrow, December 13th and 14th, in the Amazon Kindle Store.  It’s been blessed with some wonderful reviews (4.6 of 5 stars on 19 reviews), so what could you possibly have to... 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 »

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 »
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Chicago overnight parking ban goes into effect tomorrow!

The overnight ban for parking on main streets starts December 1, and is in effect from 3 am to 7 am, regardless of snow or the snow forecast. The ban stays in effect until April 1. If you live in the city or get there frequently, you need to listen to your City Mom and... Read more »