Archive for June 2012

Guest Post: Discoveries of a New Dad

I am so very happy to introduce this blogger to you. Many thanks for Doyin Richards for sharing his work us. I’ve been a father for 16 months, and it’s mind-boggling how much I’ve learned in such a short timeframe about life, my daughter, and myself. Here’s a Top Ten list that lays it all... Read more »

Merck: Using Moms and Madagascar to Market to Kids

Merck, the pharmaceutical conglomerate, is getting some pretty bad press this week for releasing a children’s version of Claritin with a Madagascar 3 marketing campaign integrated in its packaging.  And they’re using mommy bloggers to shill it. Here is the offending packaging: Now to me, that looks like a pretty good time if you’re a... Read more »

40 is the new 80

When my husband turned forty, I had a t-shirt made for him with this slogan.  I thought I was so clever, so cute.  Ha!  Ha!  Ha!  Jokes on me now.  One day recently I woke up and it had happened.  I had achieved middle adulthood.  This, my friends, is how I knew it had happened.  Definitively. A nurse... Read more »

Winning the Daddy Lottery

Photo courtesy of Anne Geissinger When each of my two kids were born, moments after they were placed in my arms, I said to them, “Congratulations, child, you won the Daddy Lottery!” Mary Tyler Dad doesn’t especially like this, but truer words have never been spoken. On Father’s Day I think about what it means... Read more »

Erie, Illinois: Not Up to Parr

Award winning children’s author Todd Parr had a book banned by the school district in the small town of Erie, Illinois this spring. Yeah, that Todd Parr.  He is such a badass.  Always writing about love and acceptance and puppies and things like that.  Total thug. Parr’s offending book, The Family Book, was banned because of a... Read more »

RIP Children's Memorial Hospital, 1882-2012

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, Children’s Memorial Hospital will cease to exist.  The end.  No more. In its place will be the bright and shiny, state-of-the-art Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  This is not a bad thing, and in fact, is a great thing that will benefit the children of Chicago and Illinois... Read more »

Slogging Through the Sludge of Life

Saturday I did my annual planting.  We live in a condo with a postage stamp sized front yard and lots of hosta.  No fuss, no muss.  Hosta fulfills my housewife mantra:  minimum imput, maximum output.  Hosta shows that you care, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time caring, except it looks like... Read more »