Category: Life's Lessons

Mummy, can I buy this?

As he uttered those 5 words, chills ran down my spine… Mummy.Can.I.Buy.This. This is “E speak” for I want to spend my allowance, to which I am not entitled until I get the money from the After School Matters program to pay for the TV I broke on February 2 which my Mom paid to... Read more »

10 Great Things That Happened After My Son's Rampage

Those of you who know me are aware of the 12 year long hardships my husband, Martin, and I have endured with our adopted son with severe behavior disorder. Those who read my last blogJust Another Day with My Son with an Invisible Disabilitygot a small glimpse of the sorts of challenges we face on... Read more »

Just Another Day with My Son with An Invisible Disability

Monday, February 2, Groundhog Day, was a snow day for all school children in the Chicagoland area. The storm dumped more snow on the area than was originally forecast…a lot more snow. When it finally stopped after about 36 hours, there was over 19 inches of snow. This turned out to be the 5th largest... Read more »
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Why I Hate Dibs: Let Me Count The Ways

As any Chicagoan knows, as soon as there is measurable snowfall, the citizens of our fair city start laying claim to their shoveled parking spots. This is now referred to as “Dibs” where you trot out your broken chairs, old crates, 2 x 4s, reindeer toys and even a broken vacuum cleaner to stake out... Read more »

Invoicing A Family For A Birthday Party No Show Was A Gutsy Move

Although I would never have the chutzpah to do such a thing, on some level I actually commend the family who sent an invoice to the parents of a kid who said he would attend a birthday party and then failed to show up. I know this won’t be a popular opinion but the lack... Read more »

In Memorium

My friend, C, and I in 1977, Kent My friend, C, died 2 weeks ago. Apparently, it was a peaceful end. She was 57 years old. She had an inoperable brain tumor. I am stunned by her death and am still trying to make sense of it. It has taken me 2 weeks to write... Read more »
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At Least It Doesn't Smell of Axe!

My prepubescent son came home the other night reeking of Axe. I am very happy that he hasn’t entered “the puberty zone” with all those raging hormones. I am dreading his first love interest. But, I am ready for it as I plan to trot out all the naked baby pictures I’ve taken of him... Read more »

The Happy Ending To My Healthcare Story

I guess the old adage, “it’s not what you know but who you know” really is true. Or at least, in this case, it certainly was. As many of you know, I have had some serious problems getting health coverage for my husband and me since the ACA was implemented. For those of you who... Read more »

I'm A Shlimazel When It Comes To My Car

Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis, and you know who you are, so I thank you for that, might remember from my blog post “Your Guide to 20 Great Yiddish Words,” that a shlimazel is someone with bad luck. When it comes to my car, I really do have bad... Read more »
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The Sting of Being "Unfriended" on Facebook

You always remember your first time…no, not THAT first time…the first time you were “unfriended” on Facebook. As far as I know, this is my first time. If this has happened in the past, I wasn’t aware of it. I would imagine that your first time is the most painful and that it gets easier... Read more »