Posts in category "entertainment"

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 »

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 »

Pippa Middleton's wedding inspires smart style and good parenting

Incorporate lace.
You don’t have to be related to royalty or marry a billionaire financier to model Pappa Middleton’s wedding. Take a peak at the following gallery for style and parenting inspiration. Simple elegance speaks volumes. What do you think? RELATED: Our French wedding guest experience and Guide to spring and summer fashion to be your best self LAST POST:... Read more »

Chicago Cubs inspire neighbor kids

The Chicago Cubs endured many storms since their 1870 inception. Throughout time, families have faced harsh realities, but found hope in the Chicago Cubs. Today, their positive goals inspire children to shine a bright light toward the future. Growing up in the Wrigleyville community, we always believed the Cubs would win the World Championship. We started each... Read more »

Five fun facts about the opera Carmen

Five fun facts about the opera Carmen
Carmen is one of the most popular operas. I saw it for the first time last night. The darling 90-year-old lady to my left closed her eyes during the three-hour performance with a 30 minute intermission, but raved about the orchestra when we spoke, especially the French horn and piano. The French composer Georges Bizet wrote the... Read more »

Love letter to Chicago from a hopeful native

Dear beloved city of Chicago, Innovation, healthcare, entertainment and the arts have thrived since French fur traders and missionaries met Native Indians on your soil 200 years ago. Famous political leaders emerged such as Stephen A. Douglas who lost to President Abraham Lincoln in 1860. President Barack Obama represented our Chicago district in the Illinois Senate before elected as our first... Read more »

Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda resurrect the unsung hero Eliza Hamilton

The little known wife of Alexander Hamilton, Eliza, played an important role in American history. Ron Chernow’s Pulitzer Prize winning Alexander Hamilton biography depicts Eliza’s political and social acumen. Playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fell in love with their story and portrayed it on Broadway. Chernow’s book tells the story of Alexander Hamilton of the Caribbean British West... Read more »

Childhood piano lessons teach Mom and boy

As parents, we want our boys to do their best. We try to set good examples and be flexible yet firm. We introduced piano lessons to our oldest at age five. The studies about how childhood piano and music lessons help are seemingly infinite. For example, the Washington Post reported these findings. ‘What we found was... Read more »

Parents' love overcomes divided home with Green Bay Packers and other team loyalties

My in-laws visited my parents’ Chicago home the first Christmas after we got engaged. My sister-in-law gifted my parents a Green Bay Packers ornament. We chuckled as my Mom, a hard core Chicago Bear fan, hung it toward the back of her tree. My husband, Andy, endured some razzing from my Dad who formerly cheered for... Read more »

Star Wars Rogue One movie teaches mindfulness

Star Wars taught mindfulness before it was cool. Thanks to my husband, our boys study each movie. “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power,” says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” That’s the premise for Jedi... Read more »