Tag: advice

Dating, Men, and Communication: When will they grow the balls to say "you're not the one?" (Dear Steven, Column #2)

Dating, Men, and Communication: When will they grow the balls to say "you're not the one?" (Dear Steven, Column #2)
Dear Steven: “Why is it after a date, men don’t text me back. We have a great time, we laugh and smile and have a blast but they don’t communicate with me after that. Is it something I did? And on that note, why is communication lacking. Why don’t they have the balls to tell... Read more »

The importance of voicing your opinion

The importance of voicing your opinion
With impending elections, a rogue Olympic charlatan dancing his life away, and people taking a knee during The National Anthem, there is a lot to be frustrated with in this world. It’s hard to feel like a small fish under the din of the crowd, fighting to be heard and make a difference. Thought I... Read more »

Lollapalooza, Ravinia, or bust: 5 tips for surviving the Chicago outdoor music festivals!

Lollapalooza, Ravinia, or bust: 5 tips for surviving the Chicago outdoor music festivals!
“There are many very famous open-air festivals…in America…some [people] just lie on the grass, others bring elaborate picnics, and some young women even nurse their babies. And all of these people are able to hear a first-class concert under the stars.” – Christa Ludwig, Opera Singer Outdoor music is a quintessential part of the American summer.... Read more »
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Warning: Nostalgia or "Living in the past can drive you NUTS"

Warning: Nostalgia or "Living in the past can drive you NUTS"
“I wish it was like the good old days again!” How many times have we heard that tired aphorism in our lifetimes? People yearn for days of yore, childhood moments where life was simple and the world was seen through rose-colored glasses. We remember moments that warm our hearts, bring a smile to our faces,... Read more »

Enough is Enough! How to live a better life with LESS

Enough is Enough! How to live a better life with LESS
“So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money?” – Ayn Rand Let’s face it, we live in a society of those who have money and those who ain’t. Presidential nominees and obese senators can tell us that the time of class warfare is... Read more »

Graduation: A Reflection

Graduation: A Reflection
There are several moments in one’s life that hold great personal significance. The first steps, the sixteenth birthday, the first sip of booze – all of them figure greatly into our developmental process. These rights of passage are a sort of checkpoint, affirming that we’re on the right path. One of those moments in life... Read more »
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"The line between the past and the present": What I DON'T want to know then what I know now, and why it matters (Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXII)

"The line between the past and the present": What I DON'T want to know then what I know now, and why it matters (Blogapalooz-Hour: Volume XXXII)
A man saunters into the booth next to me in a restaurant, sliding a piece of soiled white paper across the table to my trembling hands. All month I’ve known this was coming, like the fabled menstrual cycles of old. The man’s hands were rough, coated with sawdust, and his beard was, well, let’s say a... Read more »

The Difficulty of Transition: Navigating the Creases of Life

The Difficulty of Transition: Navigating the Creases of Life
In my life, I have always prided myself on being an excellent observer. As a writer, composer and thinker, I constantly have my eyes open, examining the subtle intricacies that life presents on a silver platter. I have seen magnificent beauty and terrible strife, but each has its place in the fabric of our existence.... Read more »

Dear Steven: The Chicago Suburb's Answer to Ann Landers! (An Advice Column)

Dear Steven: The Chicago Suburb's Answer to Ann Landers! (An Advice Column)
It has always been a very secret dream of mine to be an advice columnist. In college, I saw a one-woman show about the life of Ann Landers and I knew that was something I think I’d be good at. Friends have always told me my responses to problems and conundrums are rational and practical.... Read more »
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Cheating is The New Normal: Don Juan Meets Steve Jobs

Cheating is The New Normal: Don Juan Meets Steve Jobs
The advent of technology has done a lot of positive things for our culture. Families are able to connect more efficiently, businesses save money by cutting time costs and research is literally at your fingertips (the greatest thing for a bookworm like me.) But this technical renaissance also has some adverse side effects, though nothing... Read more »