October 2009

Every Halloween, we saw news reports and editorial comments on offensive costumes du jour.  What I call Halloween Costume Conundrum. HCC. This year, the HCC award went to Illegal Alien: It was such a brouhaha partly because, in my opinion, it was sold through Target's website.  Target, the one mega store that does not seem [...]

I visited Sad Trombone just now. Yet again. I am Today's Failure #8418. My failure today, as a mother: I can't sew worth a damn. I am not talking about elaborate arts and crafts. I am talking about simple hemming. I failed Home Ec in high school. Or, rather, I cheated otherwise I would have [...]

. This post should file under: I am too lazy busy to write a proper post so I will just upload the really cute picture my 6-year-old made p.s. I know there are some of you that despise those who say "Halloween is my favorite holiday", secretly condemning those as Heathens.  No apology given here. [...]

This painting was by Ed Paschke in 1969. 40 years ago. It is on exhibit at the new modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. For some unknown reason, I found it sad and strangely resonating when I saw it for the first time. And till this day, I am haunted by it. "The [...]

Warning: This post should be filed under "Things I find to be extremely amusing only because my kids said/did it and you probably wouldn't give a rat's ass which I am perfectly fine with but I still need to write this down so that I will remember this moment when I start losing the memory [...]

In the American Pop culture conscious, there is this curious obsession with Twinkies.  One of the new exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is about Twinkies.  Putting our obsession with this oddity on view. For once, let's scientifically study the myth that Twinkies will never die.  Observe and report.  (I will [...]

Ever since I was alerted of the existence of the website People of Walmart, I admit, I have been fascinated by the humanity found there.  The bizarre.  The weird.  The blunt un-self-consiousness.  The unrelenting in-your-face humaness.  As demonstrated not just in the people whose pictures have been stealthily taken and exhibited, but also in the amateur [...]

Both of my boys grew up with Sandra Boynton's books.  My oldest especially grew up on the fiber provided by chewing on the board books.  His favorite at that age?  Blue Hat, Green Hat. Ms. Boynton later started turning her delightful books into sing-along songs.  And soon famous people started joining in to compose music [...]

Honestly the best $5 you can spend at a museum: watch your toy being made along the conveyor belt and have your name laser etched into the toy. HOW COOL IS THAT?! This beats all the crap toys your kids whine about at the gift shop everywhere you go... p.s. Those are my boys' heads [...]

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