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How I kicked my quarantine bad habit

How I kicked my quarantine bad habit
For blog updates and cute puppy pics, follow @natcmatthews on Instagram. Let’s talk bad habits. A few months ago, we all lost the structure of our daily lives and had to start rebuilding new routines from scratch. For many of us, it was easy to either fall into old habits or develop new “bad” habits.... Read more »

Pandemic Parenting: The childcare struggle continues

Pandemic Parenting: The childcare struggle continues
My almost two-year-old and I have been taking a lot of walks. Last week I logged 8 miles in one day, and coming from someone who never jumped on the 10k-steps-a-day bandwagon, well…that’s a lot. Anyway, I’ve found that around 10 a.m. in my neighborhood, there is what I like to call the stroller parade.... Read more »

Quarantine Fatigue: The 7 Things You're Sick of Right Now

Quarantine Fatigue: The 7 Things You're Sick of Right Now
Coronavirus. We’re over it, right? Quarantine fatigue. It’s happening to you, it’s happening to me, and it’s happening to our dogs. Just kidding, the dogs LOVE quarantine! Those of us who have been cooped up since mid-March are starting to get the appeal of the neighbors down the block who’ve refused to wear masks this... Read more »
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Can 2020 still be a year we want to remember?

Can 2020 still be a year we want to remember?
With all that’s going on across our country, it’s hard to think straight, let alone be mindful, present and grateful for each day (or whatever your meditation app of choice is telling you to be). As I recently learned in my daughter’s book about planets, we don’t feel the earth spinning, because we are spinning... Read more »

Pandemic Parenting: What is motherhood right now?

Pandemic Parenting: What is motherhood right now?
A few months before this whole coronavirus mess, I was in Washington, D.C. taking an early morning yoga class when the instructor explained how he was actively trying to embrace the concept that he “gets” to do certain things, rather than complaining about things he “has” to do. He gets to teach yoga, he gets to... Read more »

The not-so-bad plight of the working parent during COVID-19

The not-so-bad plight of the working parent during COVID-19
Hi guys. It’s been a while. I’m still dancing when I can, and now I even have a little mini me dancer of my own, but that’s not what I’m writing about today. If you were expecting something dance-related, please see this piece from simpler times, when the Joffrey Ballet was still doing their good... Read more »
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The New Nutcracker: There is no Sugar Plum Fairy, and I'm OK with that

The New Nutcracker: There is no Sugar Plum Fairy, and I'm OK with that
I’ve been attending the Joffrey’s Nutcracker since I moved to Chicago in 2009. It’s always been special – the warm, gilded light of the Auditorium Theatre, the familiar Tchaikovsky score, Chicago’s finest ballerinas – they all came together to transcend you straight into a holiday wonderland. Yes, it’s always been transcending, but this year, for the... Read more »

My Q&A with 42nd Street's Caitlin Ehlinger

My Q&A with 42nd Street's Caitlin Ehlinger
Arguably one of the best dance musicals of all time, Broadway in Chicago’s 42nd Street opens tomorrow night at Cadillac Palace Theater. Caitlin Ehlinger plays Peggy Sawyer, the starry-eyed young dancer who shows up in New York City in 1933 to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the lead suffers an injury,... Read more »

Saying Goodbye to Joffrey's Nutcracker

Saying Goodbye to Joffrey's Nutcracker
Saying goodbye is never easy. We can’t know for sure what happens to a person when they leave this earth, but we do know that the things we remember about them can stay in our mind forever. We all have memories of people and things that we’ve lost, and those memories make us feel happy... Read more »
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Chicago Dancing Festival: Q&A with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Chicago Dancing Festival: Q&A with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Unless you are living under a rug somewhere at the bottom of Lake Michigan, you are probably gearing up for this week’s Chicago Dancing Festival. The annual mammoth dance event is back with a great lineup of seasoned veterans and brand newbies. One of those newbies is Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. I may be biased (Pittsburgh... Read more »