Archive for October 2013

The Second Kind of Help

This blog post is part of a ChicagoNow network wide “blogapalooza” wherin any ChicagoNow blogger writes about the same topic provided by our community managers.  Only catch is that we don’t get the topic until 9 p.m. and have to publish by 10 p.m.  It is ON, baby.  Today’s topic: Write about a time you... Read more »

Gravity: Movie Review for the Grieving Parent

Picture this:  The grandparents are in town, we’ve enjoyed lots of great family time and fall activities with our two boys, and it is suggested that Mary Tyler Dad and I take a few hours for ourselves and go on a date.  No need to twist our arms.  Based on buzz and glowing reviews, we... Read more »

Do You Have a Gun at Home?

“Do you have a gun at home?”  That is a very personal question, and believe me when I say I wholeheartedly embrace your right to do as you see fit with gun ownership, a constitutional right in America.  And don’t feel the need to answer, as honestly, it’s none of my damn business.  But that... Read more »

Tips for the Newborn Photo Shoot, Or Poop Happens

I curse Anne Geddes.  I do.  You know who Anne Geddes is, right? WHAT?! Well, if you don’t know her name, you certainly know her work. Take a gander: A lot of folks love this stuff.  Me, not so much.  Hell, she’s sold 18 million books and 13 million calendars, so clearly, I must be... Read more »

When Mom is a Mom Blogger

I have three kids.  One is a newborn my husband and I adopted last month, one is a four year old who is brilliant and sweet (of course), and one is dead, the victim of an aggressive brain tumor at four years old.  That’s my family in a nutshell.  To me, these children are the... Read more »

A Depressing Post About the Current State of America

Did you ever have an older relative who used to wax poetic about “the good old days?”  You know the one, cause we all have at least one.  I so distinctly remember listening to mine when I was in my early 20s.  Good God, were those rants depressing, not to mention annoying as hell. Well,... Read more »

Breast Cancer Awareness: Why I Will Be Wearing a Bra on October 13

There is a meme floating about the Internet these days suggesting a great way to honor women with breast cancer is to opt out of wearing a bra on Sunday, October 13.  Just let it all hang out and have fun with it! seems to be the message.  Yada, yada, yada.  Yeah, no thank you.  Call... Read more »

The Greatest Pumpkin: Honor Donna and Have Fun at the Highwood Pumpkin Festival

Four years ago we were losing our oldest child, our beautiful Donna.  She was in the last weeks of her life which would end on October 19, 2009, after a nine day vigil.  The number four keeps smashing at me.  Donna was four years and three months when she died, which means soon, very soon,... Read more »

Mom Powers Activate!

A few days ago, sweet and sleepy, Mary Tyler Son asked what my favorite “mom power” was.  He is four, and like many four year old boys, thinks about super heroes and super powers.  A lot. He discovered super heroes last fall when he started pre-school.  At first, I found the new obsession annoying and... Read more »