Fitbit flex: Friend or foe?

Fitbit flex: Friend or foe?
For his birthday, my husband received a brand new fitbit charge. He loved his old fitbit flex so much, the birthday fairy thought he might enjoy an upgrade. And she also thought, watching his old fitbit sit idle on the dresser for weeks, she might enjoy joining the fitbit fray herself. But she was wrong.... Read more »

Co-Pilot lands plane! Oh my!

Co-Pilot lands plane! Oh my!
Co-pilots, First Officers, whatever you want to call the person sitting to the right of the Captain, (“Roger”?) know how to fly the plane, up to and including, landing it. I’m always a bit stunned when news stories seem to imply otherwise.  Seriously, explaining this (and the fact you never, ever waited four hours “on... Read more »

Cross Words for Will Shortz

Cross Words for Will Shortz
Recently, in an attempt to better myself, stave off Alzheimer’s and add to my gray hairs, I decided I would try to get better at doing The New York Times crossword puzzle. I know! I’ve been tackling the Chicago Tribune and USA Today puzzles for years and had become rather good at them. Why not... Read more »
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Fighting Illini and Coors, because every collegiate sports team should have an official beer

Fighting Illini and Coors, because every collegiate sports team should have an official beer
Have you seen this billboard on Damen Avenue, just north of Fullerton?  The first time I drove by I almost swerved off the road while doing a spit-take. An official beer? For a college? Okay, I understand that The Fighting Illini and The University of Illinois are not entirely interchangeable. One is a fine institution... Read more »

Gender bias or just credit card bias?

Gender bias or just credit card bias?
Over a decade ago, I put my name on the Cubs waiting list for season tickets. Me, Kim Strickland. And then I waited and waited. And then three years ago, my name finally came up! And then I had to talk my huge Cubs fan of a husband into buying those season tickets. (I have... Read more »

How to stay married for 25 years

How to stay married for 25 years
My husband and I just recently hit that milestone anniversary and someone asked us how we did it. Of course, his flip reply was, “I just do everything she says.” Which was pretty funny, but decidedly untrue. I mean, if you could just see the way this man loads a dishwasher. So how did we... Read more »
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Saying good-bye to the best dog ever

Saying good-bye to the best dog ever
Playing God is not for the faint of heart. It’s not for anyone, really, except maybe God. We just put our dog to sleep. Wrigley had lung cancer. We’d thought it was kennel cough. Then maybe a virus. But she took a turn for the worse, and the time from diagnosis to her death was... Read more »

A blue 1994 Mazda Miata to cure the blues

A blue 1994 Mazda Miata to cure the blues
Do you own something incredibly impractical that makes you smile every time you use it or look at it? My ridiculous and impractical happy thing is a 1994 Mazda Miata – in my absolute favorite color— a deep royal blue. This car was a dumb decision from the start. It made no sense to buy... Read more »

The top knot bun trend: Ladies, please don't do this to yourselves

The top knot bun trend: Ladies, please don't do this to yourselves
There is a disturbing new women’s hairstyle trend developing. Perhaps you’ve noticed it as well. The bun directly on top of the head.  Directly on top. Not leaning toward the back. Not off to one side. Right. On. Top. The so-called top knot bun. What makes this trend so disturbing is that, from what I’ve... Read more »
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Smilin' Phil Will Kill MS

Smilin' Phil Will Kill MS
Back in college, I worked with a guy who always wore a smile on his face and had an uncanny ability to talk backwards. (Really. Like complete sentences.)  Phil Yastrow, or “Smilin’ Phil,” as we used to call him, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, in a perfect example of how sometimes bad things... Read more »