Tag: NPR

Goodbye, Chicago! Gah! What am I doing?!

As you may have gleaned from my most viral blog post, which led to a Tribune article, a WBEZ interview, and a Chicago Magazine mention, leaving my beloved Chicago has been top of mind. Inquiring Minds, and wow! there are a lot of you — poor Husband has been cornered by “Are you moving?!?!” squealers Read more…

Not every reference needs to be from the WSJ

I would like to steal and claim as mine a line from a well-written and fascinating article about public radio,  specifically about the show This American Life – “It’s about life the way most of us experience it, where heartbreak or lunch is as important as stock prices or distant revolutions.” That description resonates deeply Read more…

Grape-Stuff this, suckers!

Things of which I’m moronically proud: I always wake up before the alarm clock The number of compliments I get on my iTunes playlist at parties/Minglers When I’m able to refrain from touching my temperamental hair all day and I have non-frizzy, in-tact ringlets as the sun sets I don’t have cable I own no Read more…

Is late afternoon egg ‘n ham too much to ask?

I’m not one to go to bed super-late, sleep in past 7:30, or drink much, if anything, these days, but I went to bed at 5:57AM this morning after a night of consuming a few too many Pabst Blue Ribbons and slept till 11:30.  Well, I actually woke up at 9:30 and lay in bed Read more…

Have no interest in partying like it’s 1999 anymore

Pre-Party Ritual circa 1999 – Sit around the table drinking Franzia and gossiping with seven of your bestest friends Crank up a little Venga Boys, Britney Spears and Bon Jovi Down nasty shots of whatever nasty alcohol is left over from a past party Yell flirty remarks at the boys across the hall Download some Read more…

40 strangers + adorable kids and giving adults + 37 strangers = ahhhh.

What a weekend! Friday night I had the biggest Mingler to date, with forty guests.  Some newbies, some repeaters, all interesting and with such different backgrounds!  They heard about the Minglers through ABC’s 190 North,  TimeOut Magazine, Boston College friends of mine,  guitar class, an arts organization I work with, and my current favorite “How’d Read more…

Soundtrack of your life

I love mixes, talking about dating, literary events at bars, laughing and cheap entertainment.  Cassette From My Ex at the Hideout was all of those, so I continued the solo tour at the little house in the middle of an industrial park. Cassette is a book that compiles stories from people about love, heartache, relationships Read more…

NPR: reporting on everything but THAT

If I hear the word “mammogram” one more time… The news really does beat a subject to death.  Whatever the hot topic of the moment – Balloon Boy, Sarah Palin, Ms. California, Elliot Spitzer, H1N1 – news outlets bring in experts, interrupt with special reports, host discussion panels, conduct polls, interrupt their special reports with Read more…

Obligatory food-issues post by 20-30 something female

I wish I could say I was depressed, I got dumped, my dog died, my car was stolen, I was fired.  But life is fairly perfect.  Which is why it baffles me that at 4:12pm last Friday I bought a box of Entenmann’s doughnuts and by 6:03pm, the box was empty.  Eight.  Eight! Every few Read more…