Monthly Archives: February 2011

God, catholics and superheroes

On Sunday, my husband was honored with an award for the work he does at a coach at St. Ignatius by an organization called Sports Faith International.  One of his student-athletes nominated him for the Hometown Heroes Award.  As our … Continue reading

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A room of her own — a mother-in-law’s pad

In a cosmic coincidence, on the 22nd anniversary of my mom’s death, I went apartment hunting for my mother-in-law in order to give her some options for her life.  My mother-in-law lives outside Boston and has been somewhat isolated there, … Continue reading

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The mad cap adventures of Princess Belle

Gorilla Girl’s cousin and aunt sent her a new favorite book for Valentine’s Day — it is called Enchanted Stables and it incorporates three princesses, Belle, Cinderella and Snow White, each in her own mad cap “adventure” involving a horse.  … Continue reading

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A Tet party in five acts

Act One: It’s 10:00 am in an apartment on the Southside of Chicago.  A family of four, mom, dad, two adopted Vietnamese four-year olds, prepares for a houseful of guests who want to celebrate Tet with them. The house has … Continue reading

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What it’s like to be the mom of two four-year olds adopted from Vietnam (for those who aren’t)

On Friday, I attended the CASE (Council for American Studies Education) Conference at the Chicago History Museum. I signed up months ago, when I envisioned February to be a time when I would have time on my hands and need … Continue reading

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Oddly familiar — wealth and democracy

“Be it resolved that slavery will be abolished in these thirteen states and in any future states.” This is the first motion that was debated and passed in our Constitutional Convention Role Play in my 7th grade class last week. … Continue reading

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Not so pretty in pink

Peggy Orenstein’s Schoolgirls, when it was released in 1994, like other feminist works of the 1990s, questioned, probed, revealed, and prompted changes and shifts in education, the work place and social interactions.  Her book, like Myra and David Sadker’s Failing … Continue reading

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Promises, promises or “political poetry”

One of the duties of a 7th grade teacher is to explain to students the importance of the Declaration of Independence. It is no easy task, complicated by the challenging language and lofty ideals, that even today leave readers with … Continue reading

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“Reprehensible”

I’ve been trying not to pay too much attention to the anti-choice rhetoric spewed by the right and by Republicans, but this recent spate of attacks on women has me more depressed than ever. I try not to pay attention … Continue reading

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Too much of a good thing?

We lost power the night of the thundersnow, February 1st. We snuggled under the blankets and listened to the transistor radio detailing the troubles of  the lost souls, and cars, on Lake Shore Drive.  It was warm enough and we … Continue reading

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