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
- 37 Summers
September 01, 2014 04:45PM
- Nonlinear Equations
July 24, 2014 04:43PM
- Life Itself
July 12, 2014 08:59AM
- 13 Cars
June 21, 2014 09:48AM
- Great Urban Racers
June 08, 2014 08:30PM
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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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 »
When I became aware that I walking down the street holding his
hand with a naked wrist and no concept of time, and I didn't even
care to look for a bank clock, I knew I was changing.
When a white blonde-headed little moppet about the age of 7 stuck her head… Read full post »
Nearly a week ago, I lost my watch. The prevailing theory is that I left it in one of the cubbyholes in the room where kickboxing class is held at the gym. At the time and for several days afterward, the property misplacement was devastating in ways that had…
I looked for a photo in my personal archives that I could share with anyone who stops by to read this post, but unfortunately the prints in the wedding album from December 2007 are all that I have. Today I experienced a loss which dredges up so many difficult, conflicting emotions.… Read full post »
Last week Republican primary co-front runner Mitt Romney demonstrated once again that neither he, nor his increasingly radical political party give a fig about the quality of life of America's middle class. Multiple media outlets reported Romney's compassionately conservat… Read full post »
Rumor has it that Tilda Swinton was shafted during the recently concluded 2011 motion picture awards season. Critics and fans heaped praise upon the ginger actress' performance in the film We Need to Talk About Kevin, which featured Swinton in the role of Eva, mother of Ke… Read full post »
Amongst all the talk of suddenly rising gas prices, the latest PR flameout from Rush Limbaugh and the ongoing farce otherwise known as the Republican Presidential primaries, there is a smaller, more personal issue garnering far less media attention - the last gasps (an app… Read full post »
"Kickboxing. Sport of the future."
- Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything (1989)
Lloyd Dobler, John Cusack's iconic character from the classic film of the 1980s was the first good guy on whom I had a crush. Otherwise, it's always been bad boys for… Read full post »
At 33.5 years of age, I have lived long enough to know that both tragedy and spiritual uplift often come from the most unlikely places. One of the supremely terrible and wonderful features of human life is that we can plan all we want, but never quite know what to expect.… Read full post »
As I get older, I am starting to realize that social and cultural rituals for which I used to think I was too evolved are beginning to adopt personal meaning.
I am not speaking of the big markers of the annual societal calendar, like the November/December holiday season. I/…
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