Tuesday, February 13, 2018

POTTY-MOUTHED: The Performance February 22

Radio veterans
Author Anne Johnsos
and Charlie Meyerson

Once upon a time, in the land of Chicago there lived a mom and dad and their two girlies. Their perspective of the world was like no other. This amused their parents, and their parents’ friends, so much so that the girlie’s mom published a book about the girlie's innocent ass-hattery: POTTY-MOUTHED: Big Thoughts from Small Brains.

Also in the land of Chicago, before the girlies were even born, lived another mom and dad with their three boychiks. They too saw the world like no other. This amused their parents so much so that journals were kept to contain their most humorous and profound utterances.

With permission from their kids, the girlies' mom, Anne Johnsos, and the boychiks' dad, Charlie Meyerson, will perform a reading of the often hysterical, sometimes sweet moments delivered by their kids recently and years ago.

You’re invited to the party.

POTTY-MOUTHED: The Performance

Thursday, February 22
6:30 p.m. cocktails and book buying
M Lounge
1520 S. Wabash

You might learn what "milkers" and "noo-noos" are and maybe how to say "hello" in German according to a 6-year-old.

“Free” event. Cash bar.
Consider eating before you come, because no food is sold at M Lounge.

POTTY-MOUTHED, the book, will be on sale for $20.

Hope to see you there. Cyberspace is only fun for so long.

Anne recently spoke to WGN's Rick Kogan about her family and the book. Hear it here.

She and I had some back and forth too. Read it here.

For more information, contact me, the evening's impresario at karenkring8@gmail.com.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Thursday: FREE Dental Care for Veterans at Skokie Public Library

This just in...

Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile, a 42-foot-long dental office on wheels, will stop in Skokie on Thursday, October 5 to provide free care to local veterans as part of its 30-stop cross-country tour.

Dentists and their teams from area Aspen Dental practices are volunteering their services at the event. Aspen Dental is working with Got Your 6 nationally to identify interested veterans and schedule their appointments.

The MouthMobile is part of Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement. Through the program, dentists and their teams from Aspen Dental practices have provided free care to 17,000+ veterans over the past four years.

WHAT: Free dental care to dozens of local vets
Details: Vets must schedule appointment in advanceContact Stefani Alexander at 202-263-2588.

WHEN: 9 am -3 pm Thursday, October 5

Where: Skokie Public Library
5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077

WHY: Nearly 150 million Americans - just over half the adult population in the U.S. - didn’t go to the dentist last year, and millions more live in communities where there is little or no access to care. This is an especially challenging issue for many veterans who do not receive dental benefits through the Veterans Administration unless they are 100 percent disabled, have a service-related mouth injury or were a prisoner of war.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Met performance and creativity coach Marta Lettofsky at Women Belong

Marta offers free monthly Inner Artist workshops on Chicago's north side. They include guided journaling, small group discussion and the chance to look at the fears and obstacles that show up around ones art.

“Performance anxiety, writer's block, dealing with rejections are just some of the very normal reactions to a life in the arts. Turning in toward those sticky places, with safety and support, will bring more clarity, confidence, courage and creativity to your work and life,” says Marta.

Details about Marta and her June 25 workshop is at InnerArtistry.space/group-coaching/.

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Women Belong is a new organization for women (by birth or identity) dedicated to supporting their business and personal development.

Lunch at 90 Mile Cafe in Lincolnwood was my first time attending one of their luncheons. Seeing some familiar faces there--like Angela Valavanis', Jennifer Guth's, Tazima Davis', Sharan Tash's and Nancy Benjamin's--was nice. The formal and informal networking was time well spent, very useful. Conversations got deep in the line to the buffet when we got talking about being LGBTQ and how family members and colleagues adjust, or not, to their loved ones or friends coming out.

One of my tag lines for this group is "Come as you are. Cussing accepted." Another one: Women Who Get Shit Done." The laundry hanging in the hall on the way to the restrooms seemed appropriate for this group, especially the bra.