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Beyond the Cover: What to Look for in a Children's Picture Book

This is a guest post by one of my former high school English teachers who is now retired and a published author.  She was wonderful then and is wonderful now.  I hope you enjoy her words and wisdom as much as I do! By Saralyn Richard Before I wrote and published Naughty Nana, I selected... Read more »

So, You Voted for Trump

The U.S. presidential election was an upset of epic proportions.  It was also a wake up call for millions of white Americans whose African American friends and neighbors are just shaking their heads, because for people of color, this election was simply business as usual, a Tuesday in America. As a white woman, I am... Read more »

When Choosing Hope is Hard: Some Thoughts On Modern Life

These days . . .  they are hard.  Brutal days, for so many people.  Being gay isn’t easy.  Being black isn’t easy.  Being Latino isn’t easy.  Being Muslim isn’t easy.  Being a police officer isn’t easy.  Being a woman isn’t easy.  Hell, even being a Trump supporter isn’t easy these days.  Nothing seems easy these... Read more »

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 »

What I Learned About Parenting from Last Night's Dinner Fail

I pretty much put dinner on the table Monday through Friday.  On the weekends, I don’t worry about it too much.  There’s leftovers and Mary Tyler Dad is around to help “man” the kitchen.  Last night was one of those infrequent nights that we cooked dinner together.  Aside from me not having showered all weekend,... 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 »

Scott Simon Tweets About Death and I, For One, Am Grateful

As someone who writes about grief and death, I wish to express my deep gratitude to NPR’s Scott Simon for live tweeting from the bedside of his mother’s vigil.  Little did he know it, but Mr. Simon, and his mom, have started somewhat of a revolution. The thing is, we all have two things in... Read more »

Iron Man Has Nothing on This Iron Woman

Today is a good day for Robert Downey, Jr. fans.  Iron Man 3 opens.  That’s cool, right?  You get to see People’s Most Beautiful Woman play opposite my second ex-husband in what is sure to be an epic-ly cool special effects blockbuster.  But I know something cooler and someone cooler.  And she needs our help.... Read more »

Musings of a New Soccer Mom

My boy has been going through a rough patch as of late.  He is the type of kid that when I tell folks that his behavior has been kind of, sort of challenging in the past few months they look at me like I have two heads. “Not Mary Tyler Son!  It’s not possible!”  Thing is,... Read more »

Screen Break Week: Day Two

So I’m sitting here with Mary Tyler Dad, dueling computers at the dining room table, and I says, “So was this whole Screen Break Week my idea or your idea?”  And he says to me, “The school’s idea, right?  Aren’t they pushing it?”  Well, if by “pushing it” you mean leaving a little pamphlet in... Read more »