Contemplating The U.S. Navel
- Chicago, Illinois, USA
- December 31
- Marketing 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
- My Heart's Devotion
April 17, 2014 11:34PM
- The Tyranny of Want vs. the
Tyranny of Need (by Kelly
April 14, 2014 11:34AM
- A Story of Impotent Rage (by
April 04, 2014 04:20PM
- Band of Brothers
March 30, 2014 03:36PM
- Tilting at Windmills
February 27, 2014 01:40PM
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
Becky Sarwate's Links
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/…
Earlier today I enjoyed Sunday brunch with two high school classmates, Faith and Gary. Gary and I have been inseparable for the better part of 20 years, while Faith and I always kept in touch as we went off to college, started careers, married, reared children (her case),… Read full post »
Clearly when I wrote this post on October 18th, I was a little premature in declaring myself “back” to the blogosphere. Trying to manage a full-time job, part-time position and a seat on a woman’s journalism board has wreaked a little havoc on the intervals and desire for pursuing p… Read full post »
I haven’t written or posted a word on this blog in nearly two months. Gratifyingly (however recently), there has been a mini-groundswell amongst my friends and small readership for a return. I find myself with a few spare moments today so I thought I would share, not what I’ve been up… Read full post »
Vacation Becky is a hell of a lot more fun than Real Life Becky. Ask anyone. Real Life Becky is a bundle of nerves and self-consciousness, confined by typically artificial bonds of to-do lists, worries, overzealous exercising, dietary/… Read full post »
American Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier, having gobbled up competitors such as TWA in the Aughts, and despite flirting unsuccessfully with the acquisition of US Airways in late 2009. According to Wikipedia, American “is the world's third-largest airli… Read full post »
I am weary, bone weary and sad from thinking and writing about politics. I need a break so it’s time to move onto my second favorite subject, which is of course….me.
I am having a birthday in less than six days.
No, save your good wishes. I do not… Read full post »
Had I been a Republican during the 2000 Presidential primaries, there is no doubt I would have voted McCain instead of Bush. At the time, the man came off as relatively uncompromised. As a decorated Vietnam veteran and a legislator who had a record (at the time) for rejecting pandering in… Read full post »
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