Empires Weren’t Built Here: Part 1

    Let’s set this scene.  It is March 15th, 2009.  I am on my laptop.  Dano is on his Commodore64-era mobile telephone.  There is a movie.  I don’t recall the title.  It is in downtown Chicago on a Monday night, I am working part time, not due in the office...

    This Plan Is Only Missing You

    “My thoughts circle lazily,” Gavin wrote, “like birds around a piece of foil.  Colin was always that bright shiny spot.” I don’t even need to look it up to know that I have strung the right words together.  It is one of the three blocks...

    2009 in Status Updates

    Several of my friends have used an app that makes a collage of their favorite Facebook statuses from the year.  I’m not a big fan of the apps.  But here are my favorites: January: just listened to a voice mail from a customer accusing her neighbors of lifting up...

    Stories and a Conclusion

    Story # 1: Several years ago, I was dating a boy who broke my heart, and as part of that experience, he became known to most of my friends as You’reSoVain because of his vanity, his selfishness, his belief that everything in the whole world involved him, every...

    Last Goodbye

    I had a bad Tuesday last week.  Really bad.  So bad that my Discount Life Coach gave me the following advice:  “Cry.  Run away.  Don’t date Jon Gosselin.” Luckily, I had plans that helped this become a reality.  So I cried a lot, and then I left home...

    Flying High with the Ooops Sisters

    This is a chapter in more than one story.  It is Part 2 of the Chicago Komen Race for the Cure weekend (Part 1 here) and Part 3 of my summer of skydiving (Part 1 here and Part 2 here). It started as a joke.  Kind of.  At breakfast on Friday morning, thinking about how...