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Top 10 reasons why being in the audience for The Late Show with David Letterman rocked

Top 10 reasons why being in the audience for The Late Show with David Letterman rocked
In 1996, David Letterman left the comforts of the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City and went on the road, hosting The Late Show from four cities in four weeks. Stops included Washington, D.C. on November 8, 1996 and Chicago on November 15th. His Washington, D.C. show took place just three days after the... Read more »

Cooking with LMS: Healthy homemade Cheez-Its

Cooking with LMS: Healthy homemade Cheez-Its
Raise your hand if you enjoy Cheez-Its. You know, the little orange crackers made of cheese. Okay, put your hands down. I see that it would have been easier to ask who doesn’t like them. Last week I was having some friends over for a John Hughes’ Film Festival (more on that later) and wanted... Read more »

My lumpectomy was easy-peasy

My lumpectomy was easy-peasy
NOTE: If you haven’t read the first two installments of this unexpected series, My first mammogram saved my life and Respect my coping skills and I’ll respect yours, I encourage you to read them. It’s not necessary to read them in order to understand what’s happening, but they will give you more context. My Needle... Read more »
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My favorite name is Sister

My favorite name is Sister
October 5th marked the 40th anniversary of when I gave up the name “Only Child” and took on “Sister.” As I recall it, it was a bright early October day when my brother Dave came into the world. Fall had hit and we were wearing socks with our sandals in Ft. Myers, Florida. It was... Read more »

Watervale Bingo Days 5: We're half-way there!

I swear Dave is happier to have hiked Green Point Dunes with me than this picture indicates.
Tuesday was an exciting day here at Watervale. It was windy, rainy, and chilly. I believe that the high was about 59, which meant that I actually put on socks. I’ll have you know that, although it was tempting, I did not wear them with my flip flops. I even slept in a wool hat,... Read more »

Watervale Bingo: Days 1 and 2

Watervale Bingo: Days 1 and 2
If you’re playing Watervale Bingo, the game I invented earlier yesterday, I hope you’re excited for the summary of my activities for yesterday and today. It’s been a fun-filled first two days with many adventures still to be had in the next eight days. On Friday, I left my house at 4:08 a.m. CT and... Read more »
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Washington DC: I'll always call it home

While in D.C. over Spring Break in 1993, I attended a constituent breakfast with Senators Paul Simon and Carol Moseley Braun. This was one of the highlights of my life.
In the Spring of 1993, when most of my friends were headed to sandy beaches during Spring Break of our senior year of college, I hopped on a plane and jetted off to Washington DC where I hoped to land a job. I knew no one, had no connections or “ins,” and this was before... Read more »

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Kathy Mordini of Raining Cats and Dogs

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Kathy Mordini of Raining Cats and Dogs
One of my favorite ChicagoNow bloggers is Kathy Mordini who writes Raining Cats and Dogs. Kathy loves animals and it brings her much agony to imagine cats and dogs being abused, living shortened lives in kill shelters, and being bred in the horrible puppy mill conditions. Through her blog, Kathy has increased awareness of these... Read more »

Letter to a new mom on Mother's Day: Healthy relationships start with you

Letter to a new mom on Mother's Day: Healthy relationships start with you
ChicagoNow bloggers are joining forces today in support of new moms as they celebrate their first Mother’s Day, although the advice below is just plain good life advice for everyone. Want to read all the posts written for┬áMother’s Day? We’ve Storified them and you can find them all here. Dear New Mom, Congratulations on your... Read more »
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Watervale - My Slice of Heaven

Watervale - My Slice of Heaven
Every summer for as long as I can remember, my family has vacationed at a resort in Northern Iowa Michigan called Watervale. Watervale is a third-generation family owned resort that began as a logging town in the 1800s. The Kraft family purchased the abandoned town in 1917. My family ties don’t go back quite that... Read more »
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