Archive for September 2016

Shop Small Day 303: Crusade Burger Bar

It’s Friday. Time for a burger and a beer, right? Time to shed the week, shoot some pool, and play a little shuffleboard…and have another beer. Lucky for you, I have just the place. City friends, pack some snacks, we’re heading out to Yorkville again. This time we’re going to Crusade Burger Bar. Relax. This... Read more »

I'm not supposed to feel this about my stuff

Every organizing book you’ll ever read stresses the importance of letting things go. Memories are in our mind, not in our stuff. And maybe that’s true for most items, but we all have something we hold onto for sentiment: mix tapes from old boyfriends, countless photographs, favorite t-shirts, mom’s old crock pot. Ok, I’ll admit,... Read more »

Everything I've learned about autism & special needs I've learned from a book: that's why you need to listen to me

I don’t have an autistic child. I don’t have a child with special needs. I have a niece with autism and CHARGE, a nephew with autism, and several friends with kids on the autism spectrum.  I used to watch Parenthood; I’ve read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Unfortunately, none of that... Read more »

Doing the best you can doesn't mean you're failing

Years ago, I subscribed to a magazine meant to inspire “mindful” living. It was packed with beautiful illustrations of idyllic vacation spots, healthy recipes, and yoga sequences to create lasting energy. It subtly began to evolve to the benefits of adding 15 minutes more to your morning workout; 10 foods you should eat every day;... Read more »

Shop Small Day 302: Foxy's Ice Cream

It’s been too long since I’ve written a “Shop Small” post, I think Latinicity was the last one. It’s definitely not for lack of fantastic small shops, more likely poor time management on my part! Since it’s a holiday weekend. And, since Labor Day always feels like the official end of summer, ice cream is... Read more »

6 books to read before the end of 2016

It’s not a secret that a library is one of my favorite places in the world. Sure, a beach vacation is lovely, but instead of cute dresses, my suitcase is packed with books. I can’t say I love every genre: Stephen King is waaayyy too scary for me, sci-fi is ok, and romance tends to... Read more »