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For Cubs fans past and present

 I have been an emotional wreck since Saturday afternoon. After we got done with our daughter's soccer match (for the record they lost) I focused on game 6 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS). My Cubbies were heading into the do or die game in a few hours. And yes, while I know there was a game 7, I knew that momentum is on the victors side. If the Cubs somehow lost, I can imagine the Dodgers steamrolling us in game 7 and thus crushing all of Cubs Nation once again. Nerves overcame me. Anxiety was all I could feel. Nausea replaced any appetite. My husband landed last minute tickets and I immediately regretted it. Despite the historical nature and "once in a lifetime" nature of the game, I started to say, "I don't want to go. I can't go." I had the same feeling, times 10, that I get just before the Superman roller coaster starts. I told our daughter, "If they lose, you'll have to carry me home." I knew I would not be able

Clean Air Moms Action

Every year it gets worse. As we move from hot & humid days to cool & crisp air that tiny bit of allergy-induced asthma I have gets worse. My dependency on an inhaler grows. From past allergy tests, I know most of what I am allergic to is Mother Earth. Her glorious trees and flowers make my life hard and clog up my nasal passages. But I also know from experience that air action days make high pollen days seem like a picnic. What makes me feel worse about those days is that for my health I need to stay in air-conditioned spaces. Even if AC is part of the bigger problem! That is why I consider the health of our environment is an important issue for me. Despite it not receiving the needed attention during the presidential or vice-presidential debates, our environment is a national issue...even a national security issue! I really don't understand why such an important issue and one that should be one we can all rally around wasn't truly addressed. I know that Trump ha

A GIF recap of Cubs - Dodgers Game 2

The Cubbies lost game two and instead of moping, I bring you my recap of the game in Steven Universe GIFs: We started the game off with three up, three down. We felt good then, right? via GIPHY And then the Dodgers hit a homerun. I wasn't going to let it get to me too much: via GIPHY Joy at the Cubbies solid defense getting us out of a jam: via GIPHY When Zobrist caught that ball! via GIPHY More joy after Javy made a genius call to let a hit ball drop so we can get out of an inning: via GIPHY Trying to will my Cubbies to find their mojo, juju, whatever magic they used to win over 100 games this season: via GIPHY Mad at the ump and frustrated at our lack of hits: via GIPHY And then we lost... via GIPHY Now off to LA and game three. Good luck, Cubbies! Go get 'em!! via GIPHY

Here’s to Planned Parenthood #100YearsStrong

100 years today Margaret Sanger opened her first birth control clinic in New York. It was soon shut down because 100 years ago birth control was outright illegal. While Sanger is fraught with complications due to her strategy to partner with wealthy eugenicists to bankroll the development of the bitch control pill and other aspects of the birth control movement, her work lead to the founding of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is where myself as well as many friends first sought out reproductive healthcare. It is where the protagonist in Judy Blume’s Forever heads to when she decides she is ready to have sex with her high school sweetheart. They have always been a target of conservative forces who wish to reduce women’s access to healthcare. From being painted as abortion mills to targeting communities of color, Planned Parenthood has had to fight for its existence from day one. As an 18-year-old I was lucky to have plenty of Planned Parenthood clinics to choose from when

The Mystery of Boy's Clothing

While I'm the mom of a girl, I wasn't shy to shop for her in the baby boy's clothing section or later as a toddler. The boy's section has non-glitterized clothing, solid colors, and superheroes. One of my daughter's favorite pajama sets was a Superman one with a cape. You can't find that in the girl's section. Recently an 8-year-old girl made this discovery and her mom made a video of her disgust. Not only did she realize that boy's clothing has stronger language on them, but girl's clothing has some pretty dumb messages. Daisy begins her spectacular rant by gesturing at the girl’s shirts. She says, “Well, the girl’s clothes say “hey,” “beautiful,” “I feel fabulous”.” She then points out the shirts in the boy’s section. “The boys — “desert adventure awaits,” “think outside the box,” “hero.””   And then there are times when boy's clothing have messages that are disgusting and insulting to girls. Forever 21 sold boy's clothing w

EVENT: Fantasy Island For Dummies (too near, too near)

I received information on what looks like a fun show in Chicago. I hope to make it there before it closes. If you get there first, let me know what you think. THE TRAP DOOR THEATRE presents The world premiere of Fantasy Island For Dummies (too near, too near) Written by Ruth Margraff Directed by Kate Hendrickson Cast: Holly Thomas-Cerney, Casey Chapman, Skye Fort, John Kahara, Lyndsay Rose Kane, Emily Lotspeich, Chris Popio, Bob Wilson Opens: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 8PM Saturday Closes: November 5, 2016 at 8PM Runs: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8PM Admission: $20 on Thursdays and Fridays; $25 on Saturdays, Special two-for-one admission on Fridays Where: TRAP DOOR THEATRE 1655 West Cortland Ave. Chicago, IL 60622 For Information/Reservations: 773-384-0494 To purchase tix online www.trapdoortheatre.com What: Fantasy Island for Dummies (low cut daydream too near, too near) is a new music-theatre work inspired by an episode of the iconic television se

FLASH GIVEAWAY - Together Conference TONIGHT

Together , an event for women is coming to Chicago at the Rosemont Theatre - TODAY - Thursday 10/6. Created by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh (head of WME’s literary division and the woman behind Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg and Oprah’s book tours), Together will feature real women sharing their true and vulnerable stories. The amazing women at the helm of Together’s Chicago event include Glennon Doyle Melton, Seane Corn, Valarie Kaur, Chicago native Dr. Jacqui Lewis, and special celebrity guest Sophia Bush. While most conferences limit space and come with a substantial price tag, Together is inviting thousands of women to attend, with tickets starting as low as $25. Together wants women in Chicago from all generations and backgrounds to come experience this joyous night of storytelling, laughter and community. BUT....If you can get out to Rosemont TODAY and want to bring a girlfriend or sister, I have TEN pairs of tickets to giveaway by 4 PM. Just comment with your email ad

Review: Insecure

  Issa Rae gained wide recognition through an honest look at life in her YouTube series, “The Misadventures of AWKWARD Black Girl.” This weekend Rae’s HBO series Insecure debuts and you really shouldn't miss it. Insecure introduces us to Issa Dee as a late-20s single woman in a dead-end relationship and possibly dead-end job. But it is the awkwardness of Issa’s human interactions that are the star of the show. From her half-assed way of breaking up with her utterly unromantic boyfriend to her spectacular fail at a new guy, Issa is living up to the show’s name. Issa's bestie, Molly, who appears to have it all together, doesn't. It's their friendship that will carry this show through the exploration of being modern-day Black women. The scene that best exhibits the brilliance of Insecure 's writing team and the promise of the show is when Issa and her coworkers are brainstorming at the nonprofit. Despite being a nonprofit that works with youth of color Issa