Category Archives: Family Life

Louisville’s Ali

My husband jokes that living with someone from Louisville is like living with a Canadian, our accents are slightly off and the minute you mention anything with a possible connection we jump to point it out. “Oh, you like to … Continue reading

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How We Do It

Our Memorial Day weekend was filled with all the things a summer weekend is supposed to have. We had visits from friends and family, we went to a Cubs game, we went downtown to site see with tourists, we went … Continue reading

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Brushing Her Hair

“This is my least favorite part of Irish dance, you putting my wig on.” She doesn’t mean for it to sting, that’s not how my daughter’s mind works, but it does. This is my favorite part. She has always been … Continue reading

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A Good Party

For my daughter’s 8th birthday we created invitations out of popsicle sticks to look like a log cabin. We curled orange peels in to flowers and made a cake with rosewater icing, just like in the Little House books. For … Continue reading

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The Joy of a Sick Child

My almost 12-year-old was sick last week. No one likes it when a child is ill or in pain, and yet there is a strange, undeniable pleasure in caring for a sick child, especially as that child grows older. Caring … Continue reading

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Giving up Baseball and Turning 10

My son has decided, he won’t play baseball this year. “I don’t have to be a player to be involved in the game,” he told me. “Harry Caray never played, Theo Epstein was never a professional player.” He’ll be ten … Continue reading

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

The world is not ending. You could be forgiven for thinking that it is. The attacks in San Bernadino and Paris and Lebanon. The execution of a child in an alley and the murders of black teenagers by police in … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Nine Year Olds

On Thursday my nine-year-old came home from school and excitedly asked me, “Did you know there were gunshots in front of D’s house last night.” I did know and I told him that it was all under control, a drug … Continue reading

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Feminism in the Sandwich Generation

The other day my daughter asked me if I thought Winnie the Pooh was sexist because it only has one female character. I told her that any individual work only having one, or or even no, female characters wasn’t sexist. … Continue reading

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A Random List of Things I Miss about Having Small Children

Going to the zoo on a beautiful day. How a trip to the library could be a full day’s activity. Only working part-time. The feeling of giddy joy and unlimited possibility that came just from them both being at a … Continue reading

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