Kathleen is an artist, writer, and art instructor with four children, one husband and two doodle dogs. She graduated from Manhattanville College with a BA in English Literature and from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Sculpture. She founded Doodle Art & Design in Western Springs, IL. It is a teaching art studio where she also sells her signature art kits and has gallery shows. While she enjoys making and teaching art, her first love is writing.
She feels that creative people have a different way of approaching and observing life. In her column she connects disparate ideas, mixed in with personal anecdotes, in a sensible and often humorous way. She writes about topics that are uncomfortable and not yet in the public mind. She shares her thoughts on parenting, her struggles as a middle-aged woman, and her experiences as a small business owner. Since she has two kids in college, one heading off, and one still in high school, she spends a lot of time thinking about how they can figure out and realize their dreams.
In addition to The Latest, Ms. Thometz has contributed articles for Chicago Parent Magazine, Scary Mommy and The Doings Newspaper. She also writes The RB Landmark's Accessible Artist blog and was The Artist's Eye columnist for The Western Springs Journal.
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Parent A Gamer? It's Nearly Impossible!
August 16, 2018
She Vacuumed, She Mopped and She Polished
August 10, 2018
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August 04, 2018
Romance Novels Are Comfort Food For The Soul
July 28, 2018
Trump's White Male Privilege License
July 20, 2018
Don't Wait, Give That Eulogy Now
July 13, 2018
Glue + Time = Long-Lasting Bonds
July 04, 2018
No More Band-Aids on School Girls' Nipples!
June 26, 2018
Become Real Friends With Strangers
June 22, 2018
The IKEA Dollhouse Phenomenon
June 16, 2018
Once Again, Making Art Proves Soothing and Therapeutic
June 08, 2018
Roads Are For Cars, Not Pedestrians
May 30, 2018
Happy Kids Don't Kill Other Kids
May 23, 2018
Yikes! I'm A Micro-Cheater!
May 17, 2018
Fake Niceness v. Real Kindness
May 08, 2018
Menopause and White Pants: Perfect Together!
May 01, 2018
My Teen Wants A Summer Job!
April 24, 2018
Got A Talent? A Passion? Start A Biz!
April 18, 2018
When Your Book Club Doesn't Read The Book
April 11, 2018
What Writing The College Essay Is Really About
April 03, 2018
Dressing Like A Super Hero!
March 27, 2018
Mr. Norovirus Crashed Our Vacation
March 18, 2018
Draw Your Ideas In A Few Easy Steps!
March 14, 2018
I've Got A Hankering To Return To Dorm Life!
March 07, 2018
Swim Your Way To Strength and Serenity
February 28, 2018
Picking A College? Follow The Money!
February 23, 2018
Must We Boycott School To Keep Our Kids Safe?
February 17, 2018