Category: Abraham Lincoln

Is God One Of The Bad Guys?

Is God One Of The Bad Guys?
It was the first night of Passover, and I was trying to coax my four-year-old into a clean outfit for the Seder.  Her polka-dotted tank top from two summers ago and mismatched biking shorts didn’t seem appropriate for a formal religious dinner on a cold evening in Chicago. She rejected each outfit I suggested. “No,... Read more »

Blogapalooza: The Impact of a Stranger's Death

I am participating in ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza, where we are given a topic and have one hour to write a blog post.  The topic is: “Write about a person you never met whose death had an impact on you.” The first person who comes to my mind is Abraham Lincoln’s son, Willie Lincoln, who died of... Read more »

Annie Rose and Abraham Lincoln: A Six-Year-Old's Commentary on the Gettysburg Address

Annie Rose and Abraham Lincoln: A Six-Year-Old's Commentary on the Gettysburg Address
My six-year-old daughter, Annie Rose, has been a passionate fan of Abraham Lincoln since we visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in the summer of 2011. Today, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, she read the legendary speech and offered her own commentary.  She wore her Abraham Lincoln suit... Read more »

Metamorphosis: For My Daughter on her Sixth Birthday

I was terrified when I became pregnant with AR.  I feared it would be the stupidest thing I ever did.  After all, four years earlier, we had learned from baby Matthew’s autopsy that we had a 1-in-4 re-occurrence risk for the kidney disease we carry.  Adopting K was the start of a new life for... Read more »

Abraham Lincoln and the Purple Castle - the Making of a 5th Birthday Cake

Okay, so there is a lot going on here.  This is the finished product.  In Annie Rose's World, President Abraham Lincoln and his family lived not in the White House, but in the Purple Castle.  So I created this cake for Annie Rose's 5th birthday.
For her 5th birthday cake, Annie Rose asked me to make a purple frosted castle where Abraham Lincoln and his family could live during his Presidency.  I called, but the local bakeries do not carry that cake in their repertoire, so I set to work planning a culinary masterpiece for my girl! This has been... Read more »