Category Archives: Money/Finances

The Licensed Babysitter

My almost-11-year-old’s current career ambition is to be a babysitter. She wants to babysit, then be a camp counselor, then one day, work with kids with autism. Or, maybe be a scientist that studies autism. Of course, being an author … Continue reading

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Are You Working for Free

A hula hoop artist (I’ll wait) A hula hoop artist named Revolva (ok, I’ll wait again) A hula hoop artist named Revolva recently wrote an open letter to Oprah. Oprah’s people asked Revolva if she would like to perform as … Continue reading

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Suburban Mouse in the City

Once a year my husband and I go see the tax guy in Rogers Park and then have lunch at a restaurant in our old neighborhood of Andersonville. We drive by our old apartment and look for ways the neighborhood … Continue reading

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These Boots: The Title Has a Colon Because I Mention Academia

One hundred years ago, or maybe it was fourteen, or maybe yesterday I’m not sure which, I bought these boots. I had moved to Chicago on a whim, and then seven years later fled the city in what I now … Continue reading

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Lean in to What?

Several months ago the U.S. government passed a law requiring that all working women read and form an opinion on Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In. A rider on the law stipulates that every woman who has a blog (which is … Continue reading

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Sheryl Sandberg & What We Really Need

I’ve read articles about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book,┬áLean In┬áthat make me want to read it. I’ve also read articles that make me want to run away from it. One of the articles I read discussed the idea that women should … Continue reading

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Marissa Mayer, This Time it Is Personal

When the then pregnant Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo I did not rejoice. I wasn’t happy or unhappy for her, I don’t know her. Given the huge differences between her career and mine, I didn’t really see how her … Continue reading

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