• Researching Family History

    Researching Family History

    As I’ve explained in the past, I’m a bit obsessed with genealogy. Over 20 years ago, I started my journey into researching my family history. At the time, I had a lot of questions about the mental health history of…

  • New Year, New Me?

    New Year, New Me?

    I don't do resolutions. The last thing I strive for is being a new and better person starting on January 1. I don't want to be a new person, a new me. I know one year and a few resolutions…

  • Death Surrounds Her: Part Two
    Family History

    Death Surrounds Her: Part Two

    Part Two Over the years researching family histories, their genealogies, I’ve noticed that many families, not all, have patterns to them. For instance, my mother’s side of the family settles in an area with every intention of staying there. And…

  • My Hip Hurts

    My Hip Hurts

    My hip hurts. The dull ache and occasional sharp pangs have been part of my life for a while now, but it has gotten worse. Pain is my normal. It’s the degree of pain that changed. Now I avoid activities…

  • Murder & Mayhem
    Family History

    Murder & Mayhem

    “My, my, my…” Hearing those words makes me chuckle every time as I watch Investigation Discovery’s Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda. It’s Kenda who says those words in a deadpan manner as he discusses as case he handled years before as a…

  • Surviving Summer

    Surviving Summer

    After a busy and full school year, many parents approach the summer with optimism. They look forward to spending time with their children and taking a break from getting up early every morning. (It isn’t just the kids who hate…

  • She the People

    She the People

      I had one job to do. Find something to do in Chicago for one night. Ideas flowed through my head of what to do and where to go. I kept coming back to one simple thought — Second City. Opening…

  • It's All in a Name
    Family History

    It’s All in a Name

    As my husband and I prepared for the birth of our first child, not knowing if it would be a boy or girl, we found ourselves sorting through name books trying to find the perfect one to fit our child.…