• June Check-In

    Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink

    I have GREAT news! I reached Level 1115 on Candy Crush. I haven’t however found a new job. If you missed last month’s check-in, I resigned my NRS position on May 25th. The first half of June was tough. I prepared my work team for my departure. I organized projects. I prioritized future activities. I updated ...

  • May Check-In

    Friday, June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I have some bad news. I didn't hit 900 in Candy Crush this month. I'm stuck on Level 894. Oh and I resigned my job of fourteen years. On Friday, May 25th at 5:20pm, the NRS' board chair let me know I wasn't being invited to interview for the position of Executive Director. I had been ...

  • April Check-in!

    Monday, April 30, 2018 Permalink

    Since I took today as a vacation day, I'm writing my check-in on the eve of May. I'm sitting on the patio of the Clocktower Cafe overlooking a golf course and Lake Michigan. 70s with a light breeze... ideal weather. Although April is going out on a good note, Chicagoans won't quickly forget that April was ...

  • March: Check-in

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Permalink

    March madness is easily a term for on and off the courts. All month Chicago was in its winter woes. A bitter, cold wind off the lake was the usual norm. It's been gross and the dreary chill is predicted to dominate the beginning of April. I wrote down and worked on my March goals. Although ...

  • February: Check In

    Saturday, March 3, 2018 Permalink

    It's February. I don't go out in February.   I tried this month to make that a thing. It seemed the perfect response to an invitation to go out. Blame my tired, non-social self on the time of year. #hibernationFebruary! All month at the end of the work day, I wanted to go home. Even though it's ...

  • 2018: January Check-In

    Friday, February 2, 2018 Permalink

    I had a list of January goals to accomplish for optimizing my health, social, home and financial sectors. As is often the case, my results were a series of victories, defeats and meh. I hit all my training work outs but fell short on the yoga classes. I cut way back on the wine drinking ...

  • I am 54 today… no exclamation mark.

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Permalink

    I'm 54 today... no exclamation mark. Typically, I make my birthday a big fricking deal. MY birthday!!! I spend the day doing exactly what I want. I like to plan a full day focused on myself. It typically is about reflection and goal setting plus a big ass party. After spending a day in contemplation, I ...

  • 5-3-5-3

    Monday, December 19, 2016 Permalink

    Today, my age matches my height.  I’m 53 and 5’3. That’s got to mean something, right? Maybe best year yet? Or perhaps a signal of a major epiphany headed my way? I know we have ‘golden birthdays’ when our age matches our birthdate.  But frankly, what the hell did I know at 19 on the ...

  • An Open Love Letter to the Gays

    Sunday, June 26, 2016 Permalink

    Today is Chicago's 2016 Pride Parade.  I'll be working on the parade route at my serving gig at Wood.  In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, I'm not as chipper on this gay high holiday as in the past. I know that we aren't just checking I.D.s at the door.  We are also checking bags... ...

  • Happiness this Way: My Guide to Peace and Joy

    Saturday, April 16, 2016 Permalink

    I published my second book in April 2016, Happiness This Way. Following the success of my blog into a book, 500 Days to 50, I decided to reveal my secrets to happiness.  It's nothing earth-shattering.  In fact, it's everything you already know but may have forgotten.  In this crazy world of materialism, competition and uncertainty, ...