Archive for May 2015

College honor codes matter more than ever

Yesterday, the Washington Post’s “PostEverything” section featured an article called “Why colleges should ditch honor codes”¬†written by blogger and parent Susan H. Greenberg. Her view is “honor codes stifle collaboration and encourage cheating” and comes in the wake of a scandal in a large introductory computer science course at Stanford University over winter quarter. Over... Read more »

On Facebook, lilacs are more interesting than my husband

A couple of months ago, one of my husband’s research reports on a household name he covers was picked up by Reuters and he was quoted in the article. He was excited to have a broader audience for his work and I was proud of him, so much so I posted about it on Facebook.... Read more »

Teaching the 6-year old that Memorial Day is not just another 3-day weekend

The other day after school MBA Son and I were talking about the upcoming weekend. He mentioned there was no school on Monday because it was Memorial Day so he had a 3-day weekend. “Do you know why we have Memorial Day?” I asked. “No,” he replied. “Did you talk about it at school?” “No,... Read more »

Keep Calm and Look Young in the job search

Now that the weather has finally warmed up here, I ran into Binny’s the other day to grab a bottle of white wine for Memorial Day weekend. The cashier took a look at me and asked me if I had ID. I am at the age at which I usually don’t get carded plus MBA... Read more »

Playlist from my classic rock radio show (including bonus tracks cut from original set)

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>1. "Beginnings" by Chicago. I couldn't think of a more appropriate way to kick the hour off. Aside from the fact it's, well, Chicago, a band I have loved for years, it really is a beginning for me here.
Recently I had the privilege of being picked as the Sunday Night Star on 97.1 FM The Drive, the local classic rock station, and my show aired this past Sunday night. I have listened to radio all my life, AM and FM, so it’s always been a dream of mine to be on the radio.... Read more »

Things left behind after a move with the last baby

In the year between the big move from Connecticut to Chicago and now from our rental to our forever home, something happened. My little girl graduated from baby to toddler.¬†Instead of taking a few steps then falling, she now jumps and runs. Simple words have replaced her baby babble. She is now a full-fledged little... Read more »

My favorite Mad Men closing credit songs

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>10. "Words of Love" by the Mamas and Papas. This was featured in "The Crash", season 6, episode 8, a great episode I watched again last night during the AMC marathon. If you haven't seen it, check it out. It's a plot that could only happen in the late 60s showing a crazy weekend at the office, including drugs, hippies, sex, hallucinations among others.
Over the past few days, there has been growing speculation as to what will happen on tonight’s Mad Men series finale on AMC. There is also growing speculation about what the final credit song will be, if any. Since the beginning, the closing credit songs have been just as much a part of the show... Read more »

Just say no to evening birthday parties on a 6 year old's school night

We’ve noticed that as a first grader, MBA Son has been invited to a fraction of the birthday parties he was as a Kindergartner. I believe this is a function of two factors. One, it seemed every kid in Kindergarten had a class party. Not so much this year. Second, we are the new family... Read more »

Why you need me to take my kids on your flight

Yesterday all four of us flew back to Chicago after spending a week in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area, mainly to see the family we abandoned almost a year ago when we moved here. The New York-Chicago route is mainly filled with business travelers. I should know. I have flown this same route many times... Read more »

My 6 year old's melanoma scare

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. I first became aware of that exactly a year ago when we took our 6-year old to his very first Yankees game. There was an announcement over the loudspeaker, during the first or second inning, I forget exactly which one, telling fans there were booths set up for free melanoma... Read more »