Archive for January 2015

Aging Parents: Old Age Is Not for Sissies

This is the first in an occasional series I will be working on called, Aging Parents.  This is where my head and heart are at right now, as my family works to help my Dad cope with his own aging.  I used to work in a high rise office in downtown Chicago during my early and... Read more »

What Your White, Privileged Kid Should Know About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mary Tyler Son and I were hanging out over the weekend when we both realized that school would be closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I was curious what that meant to my white, privileged six year old kiddo, so we talked about it right there on the kitchen floor... Read more »

The Best Socialist Kid's Birthday Party Ever

It was time.  The time to answer the dreaded annual question of our children’s younger years, “How will we celebrate the birthday this year?”  I say dreaded rather pointedly, as I am not a huge fan of the classroom birthday party.  I pretty much loathe them.  When Mary Tyler Son was three and in his... Read more »

2015 Golden Globe Fashion Commentary from a Middle Aged Mom

I had to Google who this gorgeous creature was and it turns out it is Dakota Johnson, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith and the gal starring in that 50 Shades of Gray nonsense.  Putting that impressive street cred aside, she looks simply stunning in her Chanel gown.  The cut and style are flawless, her sandals add lightness.  The hair and makeup look effortless and easy.  This is a modern young woman going places and I am curious to see where.  Just perfect in every way.
It’s that time of year again, when the ladies get fancy and the dresses get fancy and the middle aged moms of America start looking at their TVs with raised eyebrows — AWARD SEASON IS HERE! Last night’s Golden Globes was fairly uneventful, as far as award shows go. Nothing too exciting, a few gasps... Read more »

My Lake Shore Drive

When you choose to live in the place where you grew up, history accrues. Kid history mixes with adult history and family history gets tossed in there, too.  Chicago is my home by birth and by choice and I don’t imagine ever leaving this place.  I am grateful for the immigrant grandparents that chose it... Read more »

Cancer is Not About Winning or Losing, So Let's Change the Narrative Already

Throughout the day, anytime I dipped into a few minutes of the Book of Face, I saw status posts and articles about an ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott, who, at 49, had just died of cancer.  I had never heard of Stuart Scott before this morning, but now, twelve hours later, he is one of my... Read more »