To be a feminine feminist like Meghan Markle as the monarchy shifts

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, advocates for equality and justice while exuding beauty and style. The first American biracial person to marry into the royal family, captured the hearts of the masses around the world leading up to her wedding this weekend to Prince Harry. Hooray for the newly weds, who crossed the church threshold... Read more »

5yo & 7yo boys chat leading up to family Easter

5yo & 7yo boys chat leading up to family Easter
Our five-year-old and seven-year-old boys inspire imagination, joy and belief each day. Holidays, such as Easter, seem to enhance the magic of childhood. We feel blessed that our oldest sings in the junior choir at his school, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy. The same talented music director, who played at our wedding, leads them... Read more »

6 good books in honor of Black History Month

Literature helps portray some of the rich history of African Americans in the United States. One of my first memories of Black History Month is reading about Sojourner Truth, the African-American activist and abolitionist for my second grade report. The following are a few of my favorite stories about the unique struggles and triumphs of these... Read more »
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5 sound bites from the best exercise instructors

A strong body helps nurture your mind and soul. Even if you cringe at group fitness, inspirational teachers and trainers help improve your exercise routine. Remember the Karate Kid movies? Wax…Wax off.  —Mr. Kesuke Miyagi Mindful and strong attention while you clean helps rid the mess and work your arms. Engage your core and step into... Read more »

3 New Year observations

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” This year, we embrace Helen Keller’s wise words. We must collaborate, act, and be kind. Teamwork in families, communities, professional, and political environments help reach compromise. We benefit from others’ strengths to... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas with little ones

12 Days of Christmas with little ones
On the first day of Christmas, Star Wars fans gave to me an angel on our bright tree.   On the second day of Christmas, Star Wars fans sent to me: two cousins caroling and an angel on our bight tree. On the third day of Christmas, Star Wars fans sent to me: Three boys on... Read more »

Gift books to those in need near Chicago with Bernie's Book Bank

“A House without books is like a room without windows,” said Henry Ward Beecher. Books help children dream and visualize a world of hope and promise. The most significant influence for early educational success is an introduction to reading at home, according to the National Commission on Reading. Grim statistics demonstrate that two-thirds of students... Read more »

Navigate your holidays with Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior

The integrity, etiquette, and discretion that guided General George Washington ring true today. The following highlights from the 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior may help you and yours avoid holiday drama. RESPECT Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present. In the Presence of Others... Read more »

How four Native American values may help our United States heal

Our United States of America struggles with divisiveness at the top of both major political parties. Regular new allegations reveal sexual harassment and discrimination from politicians, celebrities and business people. Each one of us faces personal challenges of different magnitudes. Thanks to our boys’ diverse school in Chicago, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy, we learned more about... Read more »

History of Halloween, All Saints Day & All Souls Day

As a grade school student, I researched my family heritage. I learned Halloween dates back 2,000 years to pagan Irish traditions. The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain tried to scare ghosts with bonfires and scary costumes. The Celts lived in Ireland, Great Britain and Northern France. The Roman Empire eventually conquered most of the Celtic region. During... Read more »