Category: Life lessons

My Coronavirus freak-out, part two - and some words from FDR

Oh, Jeez – where to begin? (And please bear in mind, I’m not making light here – this is the single, most dire health event most of us have experienced in our lifetime, unless you were around for the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.) So here’s what I can’t handle about the nasty, one-celled little fucker... Read more »

The Coronavirus has me, whether I contract it or not

  It is 6:18 am, Sunday morning, March 22nd.  I just woke up. I can hear birds singing outside my window.  It seems, somehow, incongruous to hear them. Like it’s a normal morning. It’s most decidedly NOT a normal morning.  For the state of Illinois has been on lockdown since 5 pm last evening.  Not... Read more »

Holiday wishes to a world gone mad

  And so once again it is upon us, The Holiday Season.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply the winter solstice, this is a season of celebration.  Or at least it’s supposed to be. Excuse me if I’m not feeling very participational. We live in such a sick, schizophrenic world. One of wretched... Read more »

9 fun ways to reduce stress and (probably) not go to jail

Stress stinks, my babies. It sucks the joy right outta the day, siphoning your mental and physical energy like a chance-meeting with an ex. We become listless, cringing, reactive boobs, addicted to triple-caf macchiatos and To-Do lists, the bottom of which are never reached. Slaves to everything but good sense and self-care, hypertension just waiting... Read more »

What I've learned from my mother as she lives with Parkinson's Disease

My mom is 89 and has Parkinson’s Disease. She was diagnosed about eight years ago, and now lives in an assisted living facility near me. I never really understood the terms acceptance and grace until I watched Mom navigate this daunting disease. Funny thing is, my mother never was particulary brave, tolerant or patient. But... Read more »


Here is our ChicagoNow writing challenge this month: What are three pieces of advice you would give to your 16 year old self? Dear 16 year-old Michelle, My first thoughts here were don’t get knocked-up, don’t get addicted to anything and try not to end up in womens’ prison.  While those are pretty good, I... Read more »

It's not the Second Amendment that's in peril, it's the First - thanks to Roseanne Barr's big mouth and ABC

As you probably know, Second Amendment proponents are, pardon the expression, up in arms that their right to bear arms will, any second now, be shot out from under them. That sentiment – although knee-jerk – is understandable, given public outrage to the near-daily horror of shootings this country continues to endure.  And, surely, while... Read more »

We are all a shooting victim waiting to happen

Another day, another shooting. This week alone marked the murder of respected Chicago PD Commander Paul Bauer, and yesterday, 17 other innocents in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. 18 school shootings this year alone. And it’s only February 15th, my dear babies. I don’t want to hear yet again the hue and cry... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and why I don't need a bucket list

Lots of people make so-called bucket lists.  You know – stuff that you want to do before you turn to dust. I’ve never made a bucket list.  I don’t have to.  Because I’ve seen the great Mikhail Baryshnikov dance.  Twice! Careful watchers of this space might find this odd, noting my thing for music.  (“Isn’t... Read more »

Kevin Spacey's real house of cards

Dear Kevin Spacey, So you’ve been accused of sexual misconduct by fellow-actor Anthony Rapp, over 30 years ago when Rapp was just 14. Your response was to characterize the situation as one you didn’t recall, but if it did occur, it was “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” Oh, yeah.  And you also took the opportunity to come out... Read more »