Archive for July 2021

Concerned about the size of small sentences? They work

Concerned about the size of small sentences? They work
I’m enjoying noticing the variety of lengths of sentences in many things I read. When I’m writing, I like to think of them as “Bond laughed” sentences. That’s because years ago, when the James Bond film “The Living Daylights” (known to my friends and family as “the one with the girl cellist in it”) came... Read more »

Decatastrophizing -- self-care can be a game of 'What if?'

Decatastrophizing -- self-care can be a game of 'What if?'
I’ve been looking again at “The *More or Less* Definitive Guide to Self-Care,” by Anna Borges. (Other posts taken from entries in the guide are at the highlighted links.) The entry for Decatastrophizing caught my eye because I wanted to see what it was, but also how it would look in the headline. The easiest... Read more »

What's 'bad weather,' anyway?

What's 'bad weather,' anyway?
Now that you’ve read that headline, what kind of weather are you thinking of? I’m thinking of the stifling humidity and heat that comes to mind (and to the rest of me) when July rolls around. This is the kind of weather that makes me remember former co-workers who’d get in arguments with me on... Read more »
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Chicago Now's 20 Best Posts of May 2021

Each month, Chicago Now holds a contest for the best posts published throughout Chicago Now. From the more than 500 posts published during the month of May 2021, here are the 20 judged to be the best. Becoming Supermommy: Somehow the Same Old New Things Bonnie’s EYE on…!:  Wally Triplett, A Man of Many Firsts... Read more »

I couldn't care less that I've missed World Emoji Day

I couldn't care less that I've missed World Emoji Day
I’ve just settled down at my desk for a quick look over e-mail and social media. Several posts on Facebook refer to today, July 17, as World Emoji Day. The only way I want to observe it is to write about it in words. I don’t see anything to celebrate here. Anything I read about... Read more »

Everybody listen! Here's the scoop about everyone

Everybody listen! Here's the scoop about everyone
Author’s note: Thanks to fellow blogger MM for this idea. It seems a good choice for publication on the seventh anniversary of the beginning of this blog, which first appeared on July 14, 2014. When you are addressing a group of people, do you call them “everyone” or “everybody?” Does that really matter? Is it... Read more »
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Chicago Now's Best Posts for June 2021

Every month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to choose the best blog posts throughout ChicagoNow. Out of more than 500 posts published during the month of June, here are the 20 judged to be the best. Becoming Supermommy: The weight of the sky The Beeronaut: Skeleton Key Brewery wrecked in Sunday’s tornadoes Cheating Death: The faded sepia and... Read more »