Food that's shaped like...

How many times have you picked out a potato chip or any other food from a bag and it was shaped like one of the fifty states, or the exact replica of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary or one of our Presidents? I have eaten a lot of chips, always hoping to have that one chip... Read more »

I Love you Summer

It’s blogapalooza. What does that mean, you ask? Once a month, ChicagoNow bloggers have one hour to create a post starting at 9 pm and all must publish at the same time at 10 pm. The topic this month was to write a love letter, but it cannot be to a person. Well, here I... Read more »

Mental Health Month-Your Mental Health Affects your Overall Health

Mental Health America is a nationwide community based organization which has promoted mental health since 1909. Mental Health America and its affiliates have observed the month of May as being mental health awareness month for 65 years. This year’s theme is “Mind Your Health” which correlates the importance of one’s mental health to one’s overall health. I... Read more »
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My Guilty Pleasure

It’s blogapalooza. What does that mean, you ask? Once a month, ChicagoNow bloggers have one hour to create a post starting at 9 pm and all must publish at the same time at 10 pm. The topic this month was to write what my guilty pleasure is. Well, here I go… Everyone has a guilty... Read more »

Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash and Leek Soup Recipe

It is mid March in Chicago and there is still snow on the ground. As a life long Chicagoan I have endured many cold and snowy winters…just not during the same year. While this has been a very trying winter, the one positive, possibly the only positive, is that I have made lots of soups... Read more »

Whose lives have I touched? I want to have my Eulogy before I die

I was sitting in the synagogue waiting for the Rabbi to speak. My cousin passed away a few days earlier and today was her funeral. I looked around, so many people came to pay their respects. What was so amazing and touching was that most, including myself, came from across the country to be there. How... Read more »
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A Letter to my Sons on their Birthday

Both of my sons’ birthdays are quickly approaching–one will 25, the other 27. I was thinking about that one night when I could not sleep. I was amazed by how time was moving so slowly that night yet how fast the years seemed to pass from my kids’ birth to the grown adults they are today.... Read more »

Equality is for All

It’s blogapalooza. What does that mean, you ask? Once a month, ChicagoNow bloggers have one hour to create a post starting at 9 pm and all must publish at the same time at 10 pm. The topic this month was to write about a movie or a character that has affected me. Well, here I... Read more »

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup with Beef Recipe

Chicago winters are very unpredictable. One winter can be bitterly cold with little snow, another with lots of snow but no sub-zero temperatures. This year Chicagoans are experiencing both snow and bitter temperatures which makes it the worst winter ever! In fact, I was thinking about how I should describe this winter. Hmmm, snowmegeddon? frigidageddon? Nope,... Read more »
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5 comments never to say to someone who's grieving

The phone rang. I had been home from the hospital a few hours and already people were calling. Hmm, did the surgeons insert a tracking device into me? I was finally home from the hospital after spending 4 days recovering and grieving from my surgery–I had part of my kidney removed due to kidney cancer. I... Read more »
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