Category: entertainment

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 »

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 »

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 »