Posts tagged "Chuck Jordan"

Reflections on 28 years of marriage

Reflections on 28 years of marriage
Today, July 21, Chuck and I are celebrating 28 years of wedded bliss. And I know this seems like a cliche, but I can truly only remember one argument we’ve ever had and that was very early in our marriage. I threw Chuck a surprise birthday party not knowing how much this sort of thing... Read more »

InDELible memories: Gary Sinise, Baja wine country and the Hotel del Coronado

The legendary Hotel del Coronado.
We finally ticked off something on our bucket list when we enjoyed a stay at the legendary Hotel del Coronado near San Diego recently. I’d read so much about this grand dame, built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, that the thrill of actually staying there fulfilled a longtime dream. Hotel... Read more »

Rolling with the Stones at private opening night party for Exhibitionism

Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier president and CEO, with Michelle Boone, Navy Pier's Chief Program and Civic Engagement Officer, at VIP party on opening night of Exhibitionism.
Even though the Rolling Stones were only there in spirit, the opening night party held at Navy Pier for Exhibitionism, a tribute to all things Stones related, was a total immersion into the well-lived life of this iconic rock group on April 19. Nine galleries (over 18,000 square-feet) are filled with 550 artifacts from the... Read more »
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Finding the spirit of Christmas is a little harder this year

Christmas 2015
I am the poster child for Christmas, period. I know there’s a lot of holiday geeks out there, but I feel like I’m right at the top of the tree. I’ve even been known to dress like a Christmas tree for holiday gatherings so you can see there’s no limit to my enthusiasm. I have... Read more »

Eversight Illinois Gala was "Love at First Sight"

Eversight Illinois' past and present honorees.
Eversight Illinois, a non-profit dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research, celebrated the 18th Annual Gift of Sight Gala at The Peninsula Chicago on June 23. The special evening honored Dr. Marian Macsai as the “Gift of Sight” honoree and yours truly as the 2016 “Woman... Read more »

A Chicago philanthropist is queen for a day

Jan Melk surrounded by her "court" of admirers.
I’m a huge fan of historical fiction and devour any books by Philippa Gregory, Bernard Cornwell and C.W. Gortner. There’s something about the 17th and 18th centuries that completely captivate me. I love the intrigue, the gowns and the balls and the delicious decadence of the royals. And on April 23, I felt like I’d... Read more »
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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 »

Valentine's Day tips from a diehard romantic

Valentine's Day tips from a diehard romantic
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays since I am a complete and total romantic. I’ve loved it since grammar school when we all had to craft little Valentine’s Day cards with crayons and drawing paper and then hope and pray that the little boy/girl you had a crush on would accept it. I... Read more »

Mimi Marks, the world's most glamorous female impersonator, exits Baton but not her fans' hearts

Mimi Marks
Mimi Marks has been performing at the Baton for the last 25 years and on Sunday she took her final bows. The place was standing room only for this legendary showgirl whose titles include Miss International Queen, The World’s Most Beautiful Transsexual, Miss Continental and her very first pageant title from her hometown of Waterloo,... Read more »
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Making memories for the New Year: An aging friend, walks in the park and a Griswold road trip

Making memories for the New Year: An aging friend, walks in the park and a Griswold road trip
On this New Year’s Day, Chuck is in the living room receiving football transfusions while I’m happily typing away in the den, dogs at my feet, dreaming about the future while looking back at the past. There are certain things I most definitely will miss about 2015, but also things I hope to find moving... Read more »