Supporting family-owned businesses is important to me. After all, I run a family business. So when our Maytag washing machine took its final spin after 14 years of service, I decided to shop at a local family owned appliance store. Grand Appliances. They have several locations in Chicago, and one is in my neck of […]

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It could be true that I had a kid for only two reasons: birthday parties and Halloween. For 13 years, we celebrated Cole’s birthday with a large kids’ birthday party and a family and friends party. You name it, we did it, from panning for gold in the living room to carnival games. No ponies, […]

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How to Find Lost Stuff

by on February 11, 2018

(First Post in this series: Keeping You in Suspense) It’s not lost until Mom can’t find it. I read this in a book once, but I was saying it long before I read the book, so quote me. Finding things is one of my superpowers—a superpower cultivated through lots of practice and experience over the […]

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Keeping You in Suspense

February 6, 2018

Buckle up. We’re going to *Ohio! Pack snacks and a cooler with some drinks. You might want to swing by Starbucks. The food of the day (Wednesday) is Chopsticks?? I guess that means eat Chinese food.  Thursdays are dog park day. Yes, it’s February, but we head out to the park in the rain, snow, […]

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It’s That Time of Life

February 5, 2018

“Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything) That’s how the light gets in~” ~Leonard Cohn Well, one of my students recently had his first child. To be clear, his wife did most of the work, but still he became a father—at least until a […]

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Back To School Blues

August 16, 2017

Summer time! A time when both the kids and teachers are set free from the classroom. A time to celebrate warm weather, swimming pools, and family vacations. Rhythm and routine are relaxed in most families, and time slows way down, except, it seems for retailers, who gleefully start to promote back-to-school shopping before you can […]

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Why I Like Baseball

August 9, 2017

Baseball. It’s all about playing catch and throwing strikes. Baseball is revered by fans and trashed as slow and stupid by non-fans. I know you’re wondering where Campo stands on this topic…so, without further delay…Batter Up. In these musings, I am writing about baseball and softball. The games are not the same, but I like […]

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One Size Fits All – Fashion Advice from Cousin Craig

June 21, 2017

“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?’” “The mood will pass, sir.” ― P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters My dearest cousin asked me to write a post for “Odd,” and I asked her to give me a topic. She said, “fashion”. Now, most of you don’t know me, but […]

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Aim High and You Won’t Shoot Your Foot Off

June 18, 2017

  Please welcome Cousin Craig back to Odd! He knows you’ve missed him like craigz! No worries, he plans to stick around for the summer! # Loved one’s are flocking to the university I work for to proudly watch their college investments walk across a stage, collect their diplomas, and mature into a college graduate. […]

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Why Have Kids If You Don’t Torture Them

June 8, 2017

A while back, I wrote about a well in Chicago. Families come from all over the city to pump well water into various containers and lug it home. While the Adult (aka my son) and I used to frequent the well a lot to people-watch, we hadn’t been in some time. This past Sunday, I […]

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