Archive for 2015

Lessons Learned in 2015

Tomorrow marks the last day of 2015.  It’s been a year, but then again, aren’t they all?  I’m feeling reflective today, so jotted down some of the lessons this year has brought to me.  As you read through mine, consider what this year has gifted you, in terms of knowledge and experience.  Our challenge is... Read more »

Sandy Hook: Three Years Ago

Three years ago this afternoon I was driving with my then three year old in the back seat.  We were stuck in traffic coming home from Milwaukee.  My husband called me wondering if I had heard the news.  What news?, I asked.  I was grateful the boy was sleeping, as I listened to the reports... Read more »

How $10 and Amazon Allowed Me to Go Home Again

Ten years ago I lost my Mom and last spring my Dad died after ten years as a widower.  Less than a year after my Mom was gone, my Dad opted to sell their last shared home and sold or distributed most of their belongings accumulated after almost 50 years of marriage.  It was hard... Read more »
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The Good Enough Christmas

It’s December 8, folks.  High freaking gear for the holiday season.  Are you ready?  Are you freaking out?  Do you feel your heart rate rise just thinking about December 25th being less than three weeks away? To date, I have ordered some gifts online, my family holiday cards arrived in the mail yesterday (but need... Read more »

When He Was Six

In just a few weeks, my now six year old will turn seven.  I am not one of those moms who mourn their children growing older.  I can’t, simply because of circumstance. I celebrate the milestones, the independence, the sheer miracle of a child growing up.  What a blessing. I also savor the fleeting nature... Read more »

In Defense of Caillou

Poor Caillou.  Seriously.  Poor little bald headed animated child.  People hate him the world over. Not dislike him, or feel mildly irritated by him, or, you know, turn the channel when he comes on the TV dislike him, but hate him, loathe him, and wish very, very bad things upon him.  Him being a fictional... Read more »
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Words on a Dress

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly “Blogapalooza” challenge.  Bloggers are provided a writing prompt at 9:00 pm and must post by 10:00 pm.  Here is tonight’s prompt: “Share your favorite quote (or quotes) — from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever — and write in detail about why it resonates... Read more »

The Islamic State and Syrian Refugee Crisis for Dummies

It is shameful to admit, but there is so very much I do not understand about what is happening in the world outside my own four walls.  Being a Midwestern mom is no excuse for ignorance, so I found myself trying to learn more this weekend after Friday’s events in Paris, albeit in a Midwestern... Read more »

The End of a Life in Photos: Saying Goodbye to Da

If you live long enough, chances are you will experience a bed on wheels, lots of wires, and mysterious bruises.
My 81 year old father, Da, died last spring.  He was a lion, a character, a flawed King Lear, my anchor.  He taught me much and I am grateful for his lessons.  I miss him. Because I spent twelve years working professionally with older adults in health care, aging was something he and I spoke... Read more »
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The Sexual Objectification of the Leaders of North America

Is it just me, or does North America feel a bit, um, hotter these days?  With this week’s election of Justin Trudeau as Canada’s new prime minister, the leaders of the free world that happen to reside in North America make my heart beat just a little faster. Not to be crass, but damn, they... Read more »