Hope in motion

Hope in motion
Is it too early to take stock of 2015? The sight of Advent calendars at the grocery store (only a month until you can start eating a month’s worth of stale chocolate!) has me thinking about last December and the wish I expressed then that I would infuse more genuine optimism into my ways and days... Read more »

On falling asleep and waking up

Each day, we fall asleep. Each day, we wake up. Sometimes we struggle to fall asleep, our thoughts preventing us from nodding off. Sometimes we wake up grumpy, hair tied in knots, baring our fangs at the rising sun. Sometimes we fall asleep easily, barely remembering our head even hitting the pillow. Sometimes we wake... Read more »

Enduring all things

Enduring all things
Written July 6, 2015. Sharing today in memory of Nathan Joseph, 8/24/14-8/26/14. Yesterday we buried Nate’s ashes. We divided them between two places, placing some just under the mulch around his tree at the arboretum and some in our garden against the back of the house. The spot in our garden is under a decorative... Read more »
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On being a hopeful, thankful father on the 1st Father's Day after the death of my son

On being a hopeful, thankful father on the 1st Father's Day after the death of my son
I remember softly singing a nursery rhyme to my 1-day-old son in his hospital room in the hours before he passed away. The made-up lyrics are buried somewhere in the recesses of my mind, but I still can hear the tune in my head. It is a tune that both comforts and haunts me. It... Read more »

Boston, running and waiting

Boston, running and waiting
I haven’t felt this antsy since just before I started maternity leave. As I write this, I’m 10 days out from the Boston Marathon. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been ticking off the days until Joe, my dad and I head out East. My longest training run, a 20-miler last Saturday, is done. All... Read more »

5 things you can do with your busted March Madness bracket

5 things you can do with your busted March Madness bracket
It’s just three days into the NCAA Tournament, but your bracket already is busted. Sorry, my friend. That Iowa State-Baylor championship you predicted now will only happen in your imagination. But what to do with that now-worthless piece of paper detailing your horrible choices? I have some suggestions: 1. Make a paper airplane But not... Read more »
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A miracle food: The incredible edible pizza cone

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When I was in high school, my go-to song for musical auditions was Miracle of Miracles from Fiddler on the Roof. It was perfect. In the movie, it is sung by a nerdy guy (me) with a limited vocal range (also me). I had always thought the song was about the miracle of finding someone... Read more »

Videos with Gusto: New Avengers trailer hits YouTube

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There’s a new Avengers trailer! Everybody to YouTube quick! It’s the Hulkbuster! Yes, I’m a huge, huge nerd. • Joe Grace is a journalist and writer who lives in the Chicago suburbs. To find out when a new blog is posted, follow Going for Gusto on Facebook. PREVIOUS POST: Videos with Gusto: French bulldog reclaims bed from... Read more »

Videos with Gusto: French bulldog reclaims bed from cat

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I need a few more hours to finish this week’s column, yet I’m fairly sure I don’t have the ability to stay up a few more hours of staying awake left in my today. So I’ll share a delightful video of a French bulldog above tonight and finish the column in the morning. It will... Read more »
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Videos with Gusto: Baby gorilla at Chicago zoo meets snow

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It is snowing outside. Again. And while snow it old hat to me, it’s not to Nayemi, the baby Western Lowland gorilla that I may or may not pay too much attention to. You can watch Nayembi encounter snow for the first time in the above video. • Joe Grace is a journalist and writer who... Read more »