Posts in category "entertainment"

Top three things I'll miss about Mad Men

Top three things I'll miss about Mad Men
Sunday nights won’t be the same without Mad Men. The dream-like quality, nostalgia and inevitable aspect of change are so Sunday night. I’ll most miss the fashion, business model and history. I admire the Mod fashion of the 1960s that Mad Men captures so well. It evolves as the show progresses from year-to-year during that... Read more »

7 facts you need to know about the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade

7 facts you need to know about the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Saint Patrick’s Day is a big deal, especially in Chicago. Sure it may be cold, you may get wet. But it’s a once a year experience, after a long winter. If you dress warm, bring a positive attitude and fun crew, there’s no telling how many shenanigans you can have! 1. What time does the... Read more »

Be compassionate to yourself and others, #stayweird and #beyourself

Be compassionate to yourself and others, #stayweird and #beyourself
“For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death,” according to Statistic Brain. It can be scary to talk about feelings of not fitting in and feeling alone that may escalate to anxiety and depression. That makes Chicago Screenwriter and Oscar winner Graham Moore’s acceptance speech on... Read more »
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SpongeBob Movie: "Sponge Out of Water" mixed family review

SpongeBob Movie: "Sponge Out of Water"  mixed family review
I had last Saturday afternoon to myself while my husband planned to take the boys (four-years-old and two-years-old) to see the new SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. I sabotaged that Friday night when I volunteered to join their party. I immediately had second thoughts, but the boys were excited. I was optimistic the story line... Read more »

Jackie Robinson West Little League kids earned their title

Jackie Robinson West Little League kids earned their title
It breaks my heart to see the Jackie Robinson West Little League team stripped of their title. Here are the details from ESPN. My childhood best friend’s brother, Danny Medina, says it well. Stripping the Jackie Robinson West team of the title is a terrible thing. This is not the kids’s fault. These kids wanted... Read more »

Celebrate the Roaring Twenties

Celebrate the Roaring Twenties
The roaring twenties is a decade to celebrate if you host your own party, choose a costume or simply get lost in a book or movie from that era. Joshua Zeits’ book Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern describes it well. ”The New Woman of the 1920s boldly... Read more »
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Erik Larson's "In the Garden of Beasts" review

Erik Larson's "In the Garden of Beasts" review
Erik Larson’s bestseller thriller In the Garden of Beasts is a must-read. The fitting title refers to the central park, Tiergarten, in Berlin in Nazi Germany. It is a tale of horror, love, scandal and tragedy. The two main characters are a former University of Chicago professor William E. Dodd, who FDR appointed to be the first... Read more »

Ten ways to get in the holiday spirit

Ten ways to get in the holiday spirit
“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home,” said Charles Dickens. That explains why Christmas... Read more »

The truth about our Santa photos

The truth about our Santa photos
I cried on at least two of our four family holiday card photo days. Sadly, there was yelling. I was exhausted. Maybe that’s why we have never visited Santa Clause with the kids (not counting his appearance at my parents’ on Christmas Eve). I was excited about our oldest child’s school Christmas Festival. There was... Read more »
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14 tips to visit Disney with toddlers

14 tips to visit Disney with toddlers
Thanks to my husband’s family we experienced Disney with toddlers. I was totally nervous about the boy’s safety and behavior. All was, yes, magical. We talked about our Disney trip ever since we booked it. Our now four-year-old and almost two-year-old had no idea what that could mean. Keep it simple. Other parents I know... Read more »