Tag: good gifts

Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania

Why I chose to write a fictional story about trichotillomania
I am a writer; it’s part of who I am. I write to express myself, to share experiences that may resonate with others, to bring hope and encouragement to others, to share God’s Word with the world, to provide useful information to people and to be funny (once in a while). As a storyteller, I... Read more »

How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season

How Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season
The word of the day is “overwhelmed.” Let’s say it together: Overwhelmed. That’s me. That’s the state of mind I’ve been in for the last couple of weeks; since Thanksgiving, anyway. Up until then, I was doing OK. Even hosting the big day wasn’t a big deal. Since then, we’ve replaced 18-year-old appliances, a tattered... Read more »

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season
Perspective is everything – how we view things, how we see things, how we interpret what we see, and how our experiences influence our perspective are all important. I am a white, married, heterosexual, Christian, middle-aged mom who works full-time and loves dogs. It’s no secret that I’m married to a police officer, too. These... Read more »
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When to speak and when to be still

When to speak and when to be still
As part of Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow, we’re given a topic at 9pm and have one hour to write, edit, add photos if we choose and publish straight up at 10pm. Tonight’s topic is this: Share your favorite quote (or quotes) — from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever — and... Read more »

Christmas has nothing to do with a Starbucks red cup

Christmas has nothing to do with a Starbucks red cup
Today, as a trolled – ahem – I mean scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, I started to see some of my Christian friend’s posts about a red Starbucks coffee cup controversy. My response was very literally, “Huh?” I took a bit of a hiatus from social media this past weekend; I had to have missed... Read more »

Five things I never get right the first time

Five things I never get right the first time
Some people say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Logic, therefore, dictates that I am insane. Probably certifiably so. There are five things I never get right (or got right) the first time, and yet I continue to try over and over and... Read more »
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Whatever happened to my best friend from first grade?

Whatever happened to my best friend from first grade?
This blog post is another addition of blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. (All of our posts get Storified; click here to read more of them). Our challenge, if we choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour on this topic: “Write about a friend or acquaintance from your childhood with whom you’ve lost touch.”... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Managing anxiety with grace and patience

Trichotillomania: Managing anxiety with grace and patience
If you’ve been following along, you know that my oldest, a 13-year-old 8th grader, suffers from the impulse control disorder (ICD) called Trichotillomania. Trich for short. Trich is the most common ICD nobody’s ever heard of. People with trich impulsively pull out the hair on their bodies, usually without realizing it. My girl pulls out... Read more »

5 reasons why my kids don't have cellphones and won't any time soon

5 reasons why my kids don't have cellphones and won't any time soon
My girls are 13 and 11 years old. They do not have cellphones and won’t any time soon. Here are the top 5 reasons why: 1 – Cellphones are danged expensive. I don’t care what plan you have; I don’t care how much data you get. Coming up with the money it takes to furnish... Read more »
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What my Fitbit Surge says about why I am always tired

What my Fitbit Surge says about why I am always tired
This blog post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooz-hour. The entire ChicagoNow community of writers receives a topic to write about at 9pm. We are to write, edit and publish our pieces right at 10pm. Click here to find all the posts from tonight’s event.  Last Friday, I totally splurged on myself and bought a... Read more »