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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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Screw Black Friday! Let's Talk about Cyber Monday!

Screw Black Friday! Let's Talk about Cyber Monday!
I am sure by the time that you read this you have had your fill of turkey and have already battled the crowds as part of Black Friday. I am going to be blunt. Personally, I could care less about Black Friday period. The deals are not worth battling the crowds, cranky shoppers, overworked employees,... Read more »

The Spirit of Thanksgiving: What I am Thankful For

The Spirit of Thanksgiving: What I am Thankful For
Today is the holiday of Thanksgiving. The main purpose of the day is remembering what we are thankful for and appreciating what we have. Life can drive you crazy during most of the year. It is good to have one day to be with family and remember what is most important. It can really put... Read more »

Being a Minnesota Vikings Fan Living in Chicago

Being a Minnesota Vikings Fan Living in Chicago
Yes, my fans. I have been living in Chicago for almost 6 years. But I have been a fan of the Minnesota Vikings for pretty much my entire lifetime. It is written in my DNA. I know that some people think that I should develop being a fan of the Chicago Bears. Not a fat... Read more »
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Death to the Twinkies?

Death to the Twinkies?
If you have not been paying to the news in the last week, you may have not heard that Hostess – the company who makes all of your favorite childhood treats including Ho-Ho’s, Twinkies, and Wonder Bread – shut down temporarily after talks with the baker’s union fell through. The whole news brought a lot... Read more »

Why I am voting for Barack Obama

Why I am voting for Barack Obama
If you are a Facebook friend of mine and follow me on the personal Twitter account, you are already aware who I am voting for tomorrow because of all of the information that I have been posting for quite awhile.  This should be not come as a surprise. But I wanted to share the Top... Read more »

Going 50 Miles for 50

Going 50 Miles for 50
If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.  ~Drew Barrymore   Life is all about taking risks. It is all about the adventure in life. You only live once.  For this post, I interviewed one of my fellow coaches, Patrice Davies, who just took a huge risk in life athletically and it ended... Read more »
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Countdown to Chicago Marathon: Chicago Marathon Weekend

Meeting Desi
This whole weekend for the marathon was exciting, but completely exhausting…and I didn’t run the race. Go figure! Saturday was the day that I partook in the Expo experience. It is the best part of the weekend. I literately call it a “Runner’s Christmas”. There’s opportunity to try new foods, gels, and drinks. The best... 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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