Posts in category "grief"

Missing My Angel Daughter: One Mother's Stillborn Loss

Missing My Angel Daughter: One Mother's Stillborn Loss
To my dearest Marianne: It has been over 13 1/2 years since your spirit and soul has left this earth before you had a chance to live it here on Earth.  Not a day goes by where I do not think about you and miss you.  The memories of you are still fresh in my... Read more »

Words from a Firefighter's Daughter on the AZ Deaths

Words from a Firefighter's Daughter on the AZ Deaths
This morning when I opened up Facebook, I kept on seeing posts about 18 firefighters from Prescott, AZ losing their life in the wildfire.  At first, I could not believe it.  But as I saw more and more post, I started to feel very sad for the families of the firefighters that have been affected as... Read more »

Maintaining Dreams of Boston After Tragedy

Maintaining Dreams of Boston After Tragedy
As you may know, I am an avid runner. As I sat at my desk this afternoon, I found myself engrossed into the Boston Marathon and keeping track of how all of the elites were doing. Once all of the them crossed the finish line, I kept track of friends and people who I knew... Read more »
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Connecticut School Tragedy: Remembering Sandy Hook

Connecticut School Tragedy: Remembering Sandy Hook
My last two posts have been dealing with tragedy  in the NFL. Both of those tragedies did not compare to the sadness and grief that I felt today when I heard about the Connecticut school shooting, which involved the murder of innocent elementary school children. This morning, I was shocked and sadness as I followed... Read more »

Tragedy Strikes Again Within the NFL

Tragedy Strikes Again Within the NFL
It is now another Saturday. It is just not any Saturday. It is another weekend of tragedy within the NFL. Unfortunately, it has hit another team – the Dallas Cowboys.  Just last weekend and during the past week, the Kansas City Chiefs spent time grieving over the loss of a teammate, Jovan Belcher. The Cowboys... Read more »

Jovan Belcher, KC Chiefs Tragedy Examined With a Sport Psychology Prospective

Jovan Belcher, KC Chiefs Tragedy Examined With a Sport Psychology Prospective
This is an article that I did not plan to write about. It was a topic that completely fell in my lap on Saturday morning. I woke up, opened up my iPhone, and saw the headline involving the murder-suicide in Kansas City involving Jovan Belcher. My first reaction was in shock followed by sadness. I... Read more »
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Akin, "Legimate Rape" and the Powerful Effect on Women

Akin, "Legimate Rape" and the Powerful Effect on Women
It has been a very long week for politicians especially those on the Republican party. Very long indeed. During this long week, the main topic has been on Rep. Todd Akin and how he put his HUGE foot in his mouth. Akin made a very negative claim that “rape victims cannot get pregnant because ‘the... Read more »

The Unwelcome Visitor

The Unwelcome Visitor
No, I am not talking about your Grandma Louise or Aunt Mary. I am talking about an unexpected injury.  It’s a risk that everyone takes an active individual or a sport participant. Being active is well worth taking the risk. Expert studies show that it’s better to be active than not being active. For anyone... Read more »
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    Greetings, Chicago Suburbanites! Welcome to Active Suburbia! My name is Denise, but I am known as Firefly, Red, and "Hey there". I will be your tour guide to everything active within the Chicago suburbs. In this blog, I will be your guide to places within the Chicagoland Suburbs that will help lead a more active lifestyle and a lot of fun too. In fact, studies have shown that reading this blog will bring a smile on your face, a spring in your step, and burn those last nasty 5 lbs that you can't get off. (Ok, everything's true except for the last one that hasn't been proved.....YET, but I am determined to make it true.) Here's a short introduction about myself: I am a very active person. You can say that I have endurance, determination, grit, and hard work in my bones. I enjoy running and cycling. I have completed a couple of marathons, half-marathons, 5K's, etc in my running career. I also enjoy trying most things active and willing to explore if I have to. I enjoy checking out the trails near me and doing a lot of running. I also completed my 1st Century ride last September and loved every minute of it. I am also a suburbanite living in the awesome suburb of Berwyn. I am a suburban girl at heart and love every minute of it. I originally grew up in the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities. I am also a die-hard sports fan and enjoy the competitive nature of it. I love baseball, college and professional football, and even hockey. I love cheering for my Twins, Vikings, Golden Gophers, and Avalanche (LONG story - trust me!). I am always interested in finding more fun places within the Chicago suburbs. If you know of a gem, shoot me an e-mail at activesuburbia@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter too.

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