Archive for August 2016

The Chicago murder rate is tired and wants some time off

Hey, boss. Thanks for seeing me. No, I don’t mind if you eat your lunch while I talk. Is that from downstairs? It smells good. Anyway, I have a personal request. I hope it’s okay. I was wondering if I could take the end of the year off. Like a sabbatical. I have some vacation... Read more »

Hacker stock photos swapped with working mom stock photos defy stereotypes

Which are more cliché: stock photos of hackers or stock photos of working moms? Stock photos of hackers tend to feature people in hoodies (presumably men) using computers in dark, shadowy places. Typical stock photos of working moms show frazzled women working, usually while holding a baby. Enough with the stereotypes! Women (even mothers) can... Read more »

I am a Pilates convert

I have recently discovered that I love Pilates. I had been looking for a way to get back into exercising. I used to love Bikram Yoga, but the process of going, doing a 90 minute class, showering, and coming home meant I needed a two-and-a-half hour block of time to do it. My evenings and... Read more »

For my daughter before she goes to the scary place

My dear daughter, Soon you will go to the scary place. You know it is a scary place because you are scared. You are scared because you do not know what happens in the scary place. You are scared because you have to go to the scary place alone. You have to go to the... Read more »

Every princess makes me feel like a failure

Every princess makes me feel like a failure
There are a lot of things about my daughter that most people wouldn’t categorize as “girly.” She is rough-and-tumble and has the scrapes and bruises to show for it. She collects cicada skins. Her favorite Star Wars characters are Stormtroopers. (She has favorite Star Wars characters.) She enjoys sword-fighting with her brother. She loves her... Read more »

The Warmth of Other Suns reveals a "mirage of equality" in America

I recently read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. The full title of the book is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. The book is a non-fiction exploration of how and why six million black people left the American South over the course of six decades in... Read more »

OMG It's August!

I don’t mean to alarm you, but it’s August. Seriously. I know. it shocked me too. It can’t be August. We’ve only been to the beach once and that was months ago. It can’t be August. I still have a long back-to-school to do list. But it is August. When summer fun converges with sweater... Read more »