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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 Mother’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 »

12 Tips for Buying a Used Car

12 Tips for Buying a Used Car
4/24/14 NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect a 13th tip that I inadvertently forgot to include. It’s a very important step, so please check it out. Two weeks ago, I unexpectedly put myself in the market for a new car when I totaled my car. The good news is that no one was... Read more »

DONE: 1 Year, 160 New Experiences

DONE: 1 Year, 160 New Experiences
One year ago today I set out on what I believed to be an incredibly ambitious journey and one that I wasn’t sure I could complete. Today I celebrate the successful completion of that journey and reflect on the lessons I’ve learned and the new person I’ve become. My life was in a rut, both... Read more »
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Happy National Siblings Day

Happy National Siblings Day
According to my Facebook wall, today is National Siblings Day. All of my friends are posting pics of their siblings and spouting lovely platitudes about just how great their siblings are, blah, blah, blah. I hate to break it to all of you, but I have the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious brother ever. EVEH. Let me tell you why your... Read more »
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