Contemplating The U.S. Navel
- Chicago, Illinois, USA
- December 31
- Communications Manager
- Insurance Brokerage
- I am about as liberal as they come, and please don't expect to change me, though I do sometimes sneak up on you with a surprise (pro-death penalty, for instance). Although gainfully employed as a full-time Marketing Manager, I keep my toes in the freelance pool as a journalist, theater critic, blogger and proud President of the Illinois Woman's Press Association. To read my work on this page is to find vignettes about Chicago, Hollywood, my own turbulent life, and of course, my number one passion: local and national politics.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Holiday Conflict Resolution
November 28, 2014 09:01PM
- The V(o/e)racity of Death
November 16, 2014 06:46PM
- Leaving Carrie Bradshaw in
November 07, 2014 06:11PM
- Wedding #5
October 31, 2014 05:38PM
- Uncle Yee and the Erhu
October 23, 2014 01:54PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “(This is Kelly) Steven -
thank you for your support. I
lucky to have a
April 07, 2014 09:39PM
- “Just beautiful and makes
me believe it's finally
March 31, 2014 11:54PM
- “This was brilliant and I
am thrilled that I in any
inspired you to share
February 18, 2014 04:02PM
- “You have me dead to
rights on the clinical
analysis Jack. I
July 26, 2013 09:55PM
- “Thanks to both of you.
This man and his work mean a
me, perhaps more
April 07, 2013 10:44AM
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The gift of a child so adorable, good memories lessen the
My eardrums are bursting, my dry throat is thirsting, your timing is just so incorrigible.
Sinuses strained and throbbing, nocturnal weaving and bobbing.
Normally a machine but you got between. Now I'm weak to the poin… Read full post »
When we began dating several months ago, my boyfriend Jean Claude and I wondered aloud what shape that tell-tale first argument might take. As the early throes of faultless infatuation begin to fade, a couple's first skirmish can say a lot about the pair's respective communicati… Read full post »
Such was the incisive observation and inquisition from my ma… Read full post »
Taking a break from sweating the upcoming Presidential election,
and now that the Chicago Teachers' Union has settled its war with
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and returned to the classroom, I would like to
explore another nagging plague in my current existence: bad
In college, new… Read full post »
Throughout my primary school and junior high years, I attended a little hole-in-the-wall Lutheran school called Pilgrim in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood. Though I don't have much use for these skills now (notwithstanding the occasional drunken parlor trick), I memorized the… Read full post »
No matter on which side of the ideological spectrum you sit, it's difficult to avoid political engagement this week. The Republican National Convention, which resulted in the official nomination of the Romney/Ryan ticket, has been followed thus far by the blinding spectacle… Read full post »
There are numerous forms of sexism which irk me: the assumption on the part of some that we are mentally and physically the weaker gender, the presumption that women should be overruled when it comes to decision-making power over their reproductive cycles, the corporate gl… Read full post »
On a late summer's eve I sat at my kitchen table typing away, the sounds of chirping crickets my sole companion. I am not an individual who works well against a backdrop of white noise: no music wafting from Pandora, no CNN anchors relaying the day's events. Just me, my work… Read full post »
When I was six years old, I was involved in a controversial radiator accident that remains the stuff of family legend. While engaging in a spirited Sesame Street dance routine with my younger sister Jenny, was I pushed into my grandmother's low-rising living room metal unit or d… Read full post »
I am not a botanist. I possess the opposite of a green thumb. I
can kill the most resilient of houseplants like cacti and bamboo
while meaning them no harm. This woman just doesn't speak their
I am also the proud resident of a concrete jungle. On a… Read full post »
I have legitimate stressors. For the past two months, my hair has been falling out and I've been suffering intermittent migraines with attacks of vomiting that seem impervious to mitigation. My symptoms defy logic, appearing at random times of day, regardless of whether I have e… Read full post »
During the 2008 Presidential race, then-candidate Obama showed his competitors how to leverage the Internet and a variety of social media platforms to reinvigorate the notion of a grassroots campaign for the 21st Century. It was largely upon the shoulders of individuals wh… Read full post »
"Every little thing the reflex does
Leaves you answered with a question mark"
- Duran Duran
On Sunday evening, my boyfriend and I were walking back from a quick dinner at the local Wendy's franchise. It was t-minus two hours until the Season 5 premiere of Breaking B… Read full post »
Act I: The First Half MileToddler Boy: (Holding onto his mother's hand as he drunk-walks wistfully in front a public park like only the young can do.) "Mommy, why is she running?
Patient, Smiling Mother: "For exercise."
Boy: "But why?"
Mother: "Because adults don't move as much as…
I am a nearly 34 year-old woman with the finely developed humor sensibilities of a 13 year-old boy. Give me your bodily function jokes, your politically incorrect puns and a dash of gallows guffaw and I am a happy camper. Throughout the years I have counted such animated… Read full post »
Boyfriend/Hairdresser 8 weeks ago: "Come on! It's always
something with you. I can't see anything!"
Sister 4 weeks ago: "Is it because you dye your hair too often?"
New Boyfriend/Hairdresser 3 weeks ago: "Ok, now I see what you're talking about."
A woman historically known for her… Read full post »
You came to my door
When I was getting divorced.
You couldn't have picked a messier time.
I walked around in a daze
Because even after she said the words I felt fine.
Surgery was scheduled,
Estranged spouses bedeviled,
Unable to work together.
In my studio home.
Thought I'd be "th… Read full post »
True confession: I am not the most useful person. I hate to cook and have never excelled at it anyway. Please don't ask me to fix or assemble anything. It's like I have hands made of stone. I ride my bike upwards of 75 miles a week… Read full post »
I want to talk about something in a politically non-partisan way. It's true I am a liberal Democrat by stripe and spend part of my freelance writing life as a hard blue columnist for a popular left website. But I am a human, a woman and an American… Read full post »
I haven't ventured this deep into a steady's territory since January 2007 when I met my now ex-husband Eddie's parents on a visit from Mumbai. I fared alright at the time but that was five years ago. I know it's rote and passe to write in such pedestrian terms but I… Read full post »
"Give me a blog topic," she commanded as she prepared one of her
standard bachelorette "dinners" - a packet of creamy chicken
flavored ramen noodles and some defrosted, pre-cooked cocktail
shrimp. No cocktail sauce and the meal eaten over the sink because
he wasn't there to sit with her.
"When?" he as… Read full post »
And when I talk about therapy, I know what people
That it only makes you selfish and in love with your shrink
But oh how I loved everybody else
When I finally got to talk so much about myself
- Dar Williams, "What Do You Hear in These Sounds"
Though I… Read full post »
I will keep writing about this because I am one of the lucky ones. I will keep screaming about the system's inherent abusiveness because I can and I must - for all those who are sicker, less financially solvent and don't have a forum in which their voices… Read full post »
"That's impossible." Thus the notion was summarily dismissed by
the Vice-President of the company which employs me full-time.
My good friend and direct report, a kid who's gotten to know me rather well in recent months, turned to me and asked, "The theoretical just became a must,… Read full post »
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