Category: Chicago

This Midwestern mindful fall experience

Select your favorite color among the vibrant leaves. Walk. Listen to the leaves crunch at your feet.
The Irish songwriter and musician Enya reflects upon the fall season. “The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is... Read more »

Journey to Day Out with Thomas: Chicago

Journey to Day Out with Thomas: Chicago
Thomas the Train toys captivated our oldest son’s imagination at two years of age. Now that our nephew is intrigued, my sister insisted we visit a Day Out with Thomas in Union, Illinois! The Thomas the Train story attracts adults who are nostalgic for the timeless nature of yesterday’s railways. My sweet father is delighted when any of... Read more »

The best Chicago preschool with early education support

The best Chicago preschool with early education support
Thanks to our pediatrician, local resources such as Neighborhood Parents Network in Chicago, and good common sense, we found the best Chicago preschool for our family with early education support. It’s the Michael R. Lutz Family Center – Lakeview, Jewish Council Youth Services (JCYS)*. It’s daunting to choose the right school for you and your... Read more »
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My parents' front porch symbolizes goodness

My parents' front porch symbolizes goodness
My parents’ concrete Chicago porch with shabby doors and a chain link fence epitomizes the good in our world. There are tough times in every family, but my parents experience joy and peace on their front porch. The Chicago Tribune and New York Times hit their front porch every morning. My parents devour the heartbreaking news every day, including gun violence and... Read more »

White Sox Adam LaRoche retires over work life balance decision

White Sox Adam LaRoche retires over work life balance decision
White Sox Adam LaRoche just retired when the team said his high school aged son couldn’t maintain his current level of accessibility to the club house. For better or worse, his decision highlights work life balance issues. The Chicago Tribune shares the facts. LaRoche said good bye to his $13 million contract at the age of... Read more »

My Mom's Irish soda bread recipe and other St. Patrick's Day traditions

My Mom's Irish soda bread recipe and other St. Patrick's Day traditions
Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun time of year regardless of your ethnic background and faith. You can skip the green beer and adult beverages and still have fun. It’s been a long winter. Green shamrocks mean spring is nearly here. 1) Bake and break bread with friends. Try my Mom’s Irish soda bread recipe.... Read more »
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Why city living is better than suburban living

Why city living is better than suburban living
Trips to the suburbs make me nervous. It’s easy to get lost on expressways with confusing numbered lanes. If you miss your fancy country train, you’re out of luck. You are far from the skyscrapers, world famous museums and some of the best theater. Some suburbs are so remote; your cell may drop service. Gasp!... Read more »

10 simple ways to reflect for Martin Luther King Day

10 simple ways to reflect for Martin Luther King Day
As we approach Martin Luther King, Junior’s birthday to be this Friday, we may reflect and act to keep his dream alive. Although our world has made progress since his death, we continue to keep his dream alive as we seek true equality for all. I had the pleasure of attending my organization’s annual Martin... Read more »

What you need to know about the South Side of Chicago

What you need to know about the South Side of Chicago
The South Side of Chicago embodies the arts, culture, history and beauty. The South Side represents good people who hope and love and triumph over some challenges that may range from poverty to first world problems. It’s more than the slice of crime the media portrays. We must celebrate unique differences and understand others’ plights to overcome urban problems. Although... Read more »
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To learn this New Year at the Museum of Science and Industry

To learn this New Year at the Museum of Science and Industry
How will you ring in this New Year? Our family is visiting with dear friends and their little one. Since they are lifelong learners, we’ll share our adventures from that morning at the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI). A holiday visit to MSI is one of my favorite traditions since I was a kid,... Read more »