Writer, columnist, former Chicago reporter, humorist Dave Jaffe has written for online, print, television and radio. Creative, clever, witty — these are traits that kept Dave in detention for most of the eighth grade. But as an adult those skills led to multiple award-winning columns and commentary, numerous published articles and essays, and even sketches for Bozo the Clown. Dave’s blog, Sleeping between Giants — which explores life, if you could call it that, […]
Essays and News
Bare midriffs, high-cut legs revealing cellulite thighs, visible rolls of flesh everywhere. Is there a woman alive who does not loathe swimwear? It’s made for shaming.
I’ve managed to avoid this fashion nightmare due to a lifelong pathological fear of drowning — a strategy that served me well for over 50 years until my left knee stopped working. The usual remedies and exercises offered little pain relief, so my physical therapist recommended aquatic therapy. He promised the buoyant effect of water would help me strengthen the muscles supporting my knee. […]
Knowing that your kid thinks you can move mountains is a good feeling.
They believe in us more than we used to believe in ourselves after six shots of Fireball at a college party, and that’s saying something. No matter what problem comes up, they think we can fix it, whether it’s making their ouchies better with the healing powers of our kisses or ridding their room of monsters with magic swords.
There are times, […]
School’s out and we all want to get away for some summer fun. Are you ready?
1. You Will Forget Something
Stop making lists. Just accept that I speak the truth. My husband turned around for his forgotten passport. He had driven two hours in the direction of Canada to meet his fishing buddies before he realized what he had forgotten. I spontaneously broke into expletives over my forgotten medications during our recent drive to Michigan. […]
If I were a lawyer — which I always thought I should be because I have been admitted to the bar many times — I’d have a retainer.
I’m not a lawyer — because I have been thrown out of the bar many times, too — but I have a retainer anyway.
I refer not to the advance fee a lawyer gets so he or she can pay the bar tab, but to the device that holds your teeth in place so you will have a nice smile when addressing a jury or, […]