True Antipathy: Cooking & Me

It's a Sunday afternoon and right now, I know I should be meal prepping. I have this gnawing feeling that I should be making or assembling a salad, soup, veggie bowl, or some other prepared meal that is both healthy and balanced and yields multiple servings. This on top of something that will satisfy my… Continue reading True Antipathy: Cooking & Me

Marge

Instead of effusing about my mom, who I affectionately call "Marge" of "Ma", I thought I'd create a tangible list of the value she has brought to my life and the lessons she has taught me. Brace yourselves; it's a long list. Be polite. Respect yourself and others. Read. Put butter on the outside of the bread when… Continue reading Marge

Single in The Windy City: Part II

I don't know what the experience is like for single males these days, but I find myself experiencing a general lack of traction, options, and meaning in my efforts to meet someone. I'm hearing this from a few of my fabulous, beautiful, and successful single girlfriends as well. As someone that is proactive, I'm suprised… Continue reading Single in The Windy City: Part II

The Allure of Tragic People

Some of my favorite books, stories, films, and histories are about tragic people. You know those individuals whose stars shine so brightly and flashes across the sky so quickly, it either burns out or comes to an abrupt halt? Well, I loved reading novels like Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Virgin Suicides, etc. I still… Continue reading The Allure of Tragic People

Trixie Mattel: Now With Moving Parts

Normally on a Tuesday night, you can find me in bed, with Forensic Files blaring on in the background while playing Rollercoaster Tycoon on my cell phone, writing a blog post, or doing some other relatively inane activity. Usually my pants are way above my waist at this point. Well, this Tuesday, I did something different.… Continue reading Trixie Mattel: Now With Moving Parts

The Power of Choice

Most people when they're younger have the tendency to think, feel, and act in extremes. Gray area doesn't exist. I was not an exception. The pattern I found myself in as a younger person was choosing to buy into the darkness (negativity) instead of the lightness (positivity). Even less common would be my acknowledgment that… Continue reading The Power of Choice

Smörgåsbord II

Here are your buffet styled topics for today! Film I recently saw Amy Schumer's new movie, I Feel Pretty. I'd seen a trailer and thought it looked kind of fun, but frankly after her last standup special, The Leather Special, I was very turned off by her. I'm all for a bawdy sense of humor à… Continue reading Smörgåsbord II

Activating the Creative Psyche

In a conversation with my friend Arie, who is about to receive her Masters in Clinical Social Work, she brought up something really interesting when I told her I was in a bit of a funk. She mentioned that perhaps tapping into more creative pursuits, like this blog, could be making me feel different. Not… Continue reading Activating the Creative Psyche