Tag: Mary Johnson

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day

50 reasons why I give thanks today and every day
In this time of such uncertainty, upheavals, terrorism, taxes and crime, I’m excited to write a happy column about gratitude. And even though giving thanks seems particularly topical on Thanksgiving, duh, I give thanks every single day for the following: 1) First and foremost, I’m grateful for Chuck, without him, nothing else really matters. 2)... Read more »

A No Class Reunion with old friends in a small town

No Class Reunion official photo with 1971 and '72 classes combined. We were missing quite a few classmates.
It started when we began driving down to Dupo, Illinois–a small railroad town near the banks of the Mississippi. Just seeing the rows of corn stalks set against a Windex-blue sky brought back waves of nostalgia–thoughts of a simpler time without all the strife and discontent. That five hour drive was idyllic and more calming... Read more »

Chicago Now Blogapazlooza: Top of the world baby!

Chicago Now Blogapazlooza: Top of the world baby!
Welcome to another Chicago Now Blogapalooza! This is a writing exercise from our community manager Jimmy Greenfield who chooses topics for us to write about from time to time to keep our skills honed. This week’s challenge is to publish a post in one hour about this topic: “Write about a period or moment in... Read more »
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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 »

What makes Thanksgiving so darn special?

What makes Thanksgiving so darn special?
In this world, now filled with so much chaos and danger, the thought of gathering around the table with family and friends seems like a damned good idea. Never before have I so looked forward to this holiday. Chuck and I have lost so many loved ones recently, including his mom and one of our... Read more »