Annmarie Handley

Annmarie Handley
Chicago, Illinois, United States
January 07
English Language Arts Teacher/ESL Tutor
Niles West High School/Asian Human Services
I'm an ever-changing person, living in Chicago, loving my family, and working to become a good teacher and writer. I love good food and cocktails, loud music, and finishing a great book. I am grateful for my friends and family and for each day that I can spend with them. I love to laugh and I try to find the humor in most makes the tough stuff bearable.


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FEBRUARY 23, 2015 11:36AM

Poem for my Daughters

Poem for My Daughters


My heart

did not truly pulse

until you graced my world


giving me strength,


and the answers to all of my whys.

I did not know a river

could run so… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 12:02PM

In a White-Collar World

In a White-Collar World


Job hunting.  It is a full-time, thankless, non-paying, ego-smashing job.  Especially if you decided to major in liberal arts or English.  I majored in both.

I grew up in a blue-collar steel town south of Chicago.  Both of my grandfathers had work/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2014 8:13PM

Woman Unafraid

Written for the Northeastern Illinois University Feminist Collective, "Take Back the Night" event, 2014.

Woman Unafraid

The night is not my enemy, fear is my enemy.

The night is mine, the midnight hour, the witching hour.

I am Ipomoea, moon flower, illumination.

Clouds of coolness and reflection,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 12:45PM

Dear Mary,

Delicious autumn!   My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  ~George Eliot


If only I had said it myself, I could revel in the capture of my own soul.


A. Handley  Read full post »


“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today.  Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.”  --Chinese Proverb

Today is our new mayor’s first day in office.  The Daley Dynasty has ended and a new era has begun in Chicago.  Rahm Emanu… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 10, 2011 11:01AM

Everybody Loves Keith-o


Strangely enough, the television sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, has had a hand in saving my marriage.  Without Ray, Deborah, Robert, Marie, Frank, and the kids, I just may have thrown away a lifetime of happiness and the best friend I’ve ever had.  After surviving… Read full post »

cookie jar


                I’ve always thought that my husband’s stepmother was a little strange.  For the past seven years, I’ve complained about some social fau paux that she had committed during o/… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2011 2:28PM




It was a blissful year for us, 2005.  My husband and I were adjusting to having a new addition, a daughter who was about to turn one year old, and we felt it was time to invest in a home.  Since we couldn’t yet afford a single-family home, we/… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2011 4:05PM

The Momstradamus Effect

cupcake After having dinner with friends last night, their charming three-year-old daughter marched into the living room with a red velvet cupcake, piled high with cream cheese frosting and topped with red sprinkles.  As my friend and I, both relatively new moms, eyed the confection on its… Read full post »