Scott Simon tweets of his mother's dying days a gift of grace, storytelling

Scott Simon, the Peabody Award-winning host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, is a practiced and talented storyteller. For 36 years, he’s reported on events throughout the world, winning admirers from listeners and critics alike. Eight days ago, he began to share the story of his mother’s last days. Ensconced in the ICU of a Chicago... Read more »

How to stay cool in a heat wave

Chicago, it’s hot outside. Asphalt-melting, temper-flaring, sweat-dripping, heat-stroking hot. And let’s not even start on what this mix of heat and humidity does to our hair. There’s plenty of advice on how to stay cool and hydrated during this heat wave, but as a former Floridian, I have experience in surviving day after day after... Read more »

Because it's the Cup: 10 quotes to get you past the Blackhawks' loss

Yes, the Blackhawks lost last night. Yes, they also lost game 2. Yes, the Bruins are leading the series 2-1. Based on what I read on social media last night during and after the game, some of you are ready to give up. Some of you (you know who you are) seem ready to hand... Read more »
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Parenting Solo: A Father's Day list of thank yous

When I had my children, part of my parenting plan involved staying married to their father forever. That didn’t turn out to be the case. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how many revisions my initial plan has had over the years. Most women don’t want to have be single mothers. It’s not our... Read more »

7 tips for keeping your sports kid safe

Watching the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night and seeing all the hits and trips and a player (Nathan Horton) heading off to the locker room due to an injury, I was reminded of when my second son wanted to play hockey and I had (quiet, restrained, internal) hysterics about his cute cherub face getting... Read more »

NSA gains access to all phone, internet records. What does that mean?

In the past two days, we’ve learned that the government is reading our emails, checking our credit card statements, viewing our internet browsing history and making a record of every phone call we make. The spymasters at the National Security Agency (NSA) are trolling our Facebook pages, reading our tweets, watching our videos and Skype... Read more »
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If I had 600 million dollars: Ten things to do when I win.

600 million dollars. That’s how much the Powerball lottery is worth as I write this, the evening before the winning numbers are announced. What would you do with 600 million dollars? Have you thought about it? I have. Now, the likelihood of winning the lottery is something like one in a gazillion trillion billion. I... Read more »

Medical marijuana bill passes Illinois Senate, Women thrown under bus during debate

The Illinois Senate voted today to pass a bill allowing the sale of medical marijuana. Already passed by the House, it now heads to Governor Quinn for signing. I’m in favor of of this bill. It sets tight controls but allows for a drug that has been proven to help many chronic and terminally ill... Read more »

Book banning and censorship in Glen Ellyn school: A Mother's Day thank you

As I sat down to write a column about Mother’s Day, I noticed a news story about a nearby school district which recently banned “Perks Of Being A Wallflower” from its junior high school. In a 4-2 vote, school board members of Glen Ellyn School District 41 voted to reject a reconsideration committee’s recommendation to... Read more »
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Is Plan B over the counter contraception for teenagers a good idea?

Today the FDA approved the emergency contraception Plan B One-Step without a prescription for women ages 15 and older. Plan B is a one time, one dose oral contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy if taken up to three days after unprotected sex. The pharmaceutical company Teva, maker of Plan B, originally applied for the drug... Read more »