Category: Opinion

Empty Nest Blues? Check.

My youngest son started his last semester of high school today. Barring disaster, he’ll graduate on May 31. It’s starting to sink in that the era of day-to-day parenting is coming to an end. For over 23 years, my life has been consumed with taking care of my children’s immediate needs, and in a few... Read more »

Hockey is back. (It never left.)

Because the owners and players of the NHL could not agree on a new union contract before the start of the regular season last fall, hockey owners “locked out” the players and put the season on indefinite hold. For 113 days, the two sides bickered and squabbled and fans of NHL teams sat on the... Read more »

All Politics Are Local, So Pay Attention

All Politics Are Local, So Pay Attention
Now that the national elections are over, it’s time to turn our attention to the races that really matter. Washington and Springfield can do their respective damnedest to screw up our checkbooks, but the decisions made in our local government bodies and school boards affect us far more than anything the major leaguers can dream... Read more »
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Worst People of 2012: A Top Ten List

In 2012, I tried to practice a more forgiving and peaceable existence than in years past. I tried to be understanding. Turned the other cheek. Let things roll off my back.Took deep breaths. Offered it up. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Surviving a presidential election season without screaming at every idiot person who tried to rationalize why... Read more »

School shooting in Connecticut: Children killed. Again.

This morning, a young man walked into an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut and opened fire. As I write this little is known about the victims, except that 20 of them were children. Young children. News coverage by the networks and social media went hand-in-hand with commentary about gun control. Some pundits said it wasn’t... Read more »

Downers Grove and the Valley View Pond

The Village of Downers Grove is set to vote tonight on the naturalization of Valley View pond. It’s not a very big pond, as these things are measured, but to the residents who bought homes in the Valley View subdivision it’s an integral part of the quality of the neighborhood. Area homeowners want for the... Read more »
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Plastic Surgery: Botox, Fillers and Facelifts, Oh My!

Plastic Surgery: Botox, Fillers and Facelifts, Oh My!
In my twenties, I made fun of women who had plastic surgery. My mother’s friends were starting to quietly get a few nips and tucks and I vowed I would age gracefully and gratefully; I would be proud of my wrinkles. Any lines on my face would be badges of honor, I proclaimed with all... Read more »

I Vote.

I Vote.
I wrote this two years ago. Still feel just as excited for this election as I did my first. Every other year, the days leading up to the first Tuesday in November are filled almost exclusively with election politics. From television pundits to internet hysteria to robocalls galore, we can’t get away from the craziness... Read more »

Pro Choice? Why Illinois Legislative Races Matter

If you’re pro-choice, chances are you’re voting for President Obama, as Republican challenger Mitt Romney has a long track record of being in favor of restricting access to abortion. There will likely be vacancies on the Supreme Court during the next four years, and a President Romney would probably nominate a pro choice candidate for... Read more »
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Separation Anxiety, Delayed Or, My son turned 21 today.

My middle son turns 21 today. Tomorrow I will go back to muttering about politics and politicians and asinine remarks. I’m sure I’ll scoff and sneer at stories coming out of the campaigns and write snarky tweets -maybe even a blog post!- and try to squeeze a full day’s work into an afternoon. It will... Read more »