Posts tagged "Chicago Now"

Je ne regrette rien

Je ne regrette rien
When I saw this latest blog challenge (“Write about something in your life you’d like a second chance at”) suggested by beloved Chicago Now community manager Jimmy Greenfield, I had to stop and think…and think….and think. My lifelong motto has always been to never look back, only forward, so this one was easy for me.... Read more »

Why I love old stuff

Antique vignette with Mickey passing through.
Every once in a while, Chicago Now community manager and all-around nice guy (suck-up points here) Jimmy Greenfield, gives his 300+ bloggers a writing exercise. The topic this time around was “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand.” Well, this is an easy one for me because I collect... Read more »

My Holiday Gratitude Journal--Top 25 Picks

My Holiday Gratitude Journal--Top 25 Picks
I love anyone and anything with a positive message. There’s enough madness and sadness in the world so we sure don’t need more of that. Oprah had the right idea with her Gratitude Journal and America’s Pastor, Joel Osteen, always delivers a feel-good message on Sunday mornings to his over 7 million followers. I never... Read more »
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My top 10 tips for blogging and how I started

My top 10 tips for blogging and how I started
Recently, Chicago Now community manager Jimmy Greenfield hosted a series of blogging seminars for his CN bloggers. It was a great experience and I was happy to see each seminar was small enough where you could easily share ideas and comments on the discussions. I’m going to share his tips and offer some of my... Read more »

What I have in common with Sleepy of Seven Dwarfs fame

What I have in common with Sleepy of Seven Dwarfs fame
Your eyelids are getting heavy……“Write about sleep and the impact it has on your life now or at any point in your life”  Every so often we Chicago Now bloggers receive a topic for a post during “Blogapalooza” hour from beloved Community Manager Jimmy Greenfield to hone our skills and this is the assignment we’ve... Read more »

Chicago Now Blogapalooza Topic: My Hope for Tomorrow

Chicago Now Blogapalooza Topic:  My Hope for Tomorrow
It’s Chicago Now Blogapalooza night and I’m already behind the 9 pm bell to begin writing about our community manager, Jimmy Greenfield’s, latest topic–“Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively, literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect — anything — that you may experience tomorrow.” Well, this certainly covers a broad range of... Read more »
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My Assignment: Write about Writing

My Assignment: Write about Writing
When Chicago Now Community Manager Jimmy Greenfield says “jump”, all of the 400+ CN bloggers ask “how high?”  So it is with our latest assignment (which is never mandatory, but merely a suggestion): to write about writing and share our processes.  Everyone has different methods for writing, getting in the mood to write and then... Read more »

Chicago Now Blathering 2014 brings romantic surprise at Reverie

Chicago Now bloggers
Every year around this time, Chicago Now bloggers gather together to celebrate the holidays, friendship and blogging (not necessarily in this order).  It’s called a “blathering” and all of the CN bloggers are invited.  This year, our fun-filled group of writers met up at Reverie, 414 N. Orleans, a hotspot owned by beloved sportscasters Lou... Read more »

My Afternoon with Salvador Dali

My Afternoon with Salvador Dali
Every so often, Chicago Now bloggers engage in a creative writing session called Blogapalooza.  For this 8th edition, we have been asked to “write about a favorite or memorable place we have lived for any time at all, whether a country, state, city, childhood home, fraternity/sorority, hostel, hotel or even bedroom.”  Well, I have many... Read more »
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Everyone deals with fear: This is how I made it work for me

Everyone deals with fear:  This is how I made it work for me
Every so often, we receive commandments from the Chicago Now Mount (Jimmy Greenfield, our much loved Content Manager) to publish a post in an hour and he provides the topic.  Tonight the topic was “Write about fear, or lack thereof, and the role it has played in any aspect of your life.”  Well, he hit... Read more »