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15 beautiful photos from the Cook County Forest Preserve

The trails are marked well  by color. We took the yellow trail and the orange trail.
I was lucky enough to get a chance to hike in the woods today. In Deer Grove in Palatine, one of the gems of the Cook County Forest Preserve. It’s a 5-minute car ride from my house. But it could have been anywhere. Wisconsin. The Louisiana Bayou. The Costa Rican jungle. I’m not kidding! Look at... Read more »

What Cardinal George told me about why he believes in God

What Cardinal George told me about why he believes in God
I thought today, when people are saying their final goodbyes, would be a good time to share what Cardinal George told me about why he believes in God. Back in 2004, I was lucky enough to have a private meeting with the Cardinal. It was after I had snagged an interview with him for a... Read more »

How to get rid of the bums in Springfield and change things up.

How to get rid of the bums in Springfield and change things up.
Are you disgusted that the politicians in Springfield still haven’t figured out a way to solve our debt crisis? Are you blown away by the sheer arrogance of Mike Madigan last week—missing in action not only by the media—but for a time even unreachable by the Governor!? Think about it. A Speaker of the Illinois... Read more »
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Three things I learned from Roger Ebert

Three things I learned from Roger Ebert
I’m staring at my computer screen racking my brain trying to come up with a great opening about Roger Ebert and what his life and death have meant to me.  How ironic. Ebert, it appears, didn’t struggle with words at all.   A prolific writer of film reviews, books, magazine articles, blog posts and more, words,... Read more »

A Schmoopy Kind Of Love Story For Valentine's Day

A Schmoopy Kind Of Love Story For Valentine's Day
Thirty years ago,  every time I crossed the Michigan Avenue bridge, I pictured myself as a hipster version of Mary Richards from the iconic “Mary Tyler Moore Show” when she gleefully tossed her beret up in the air. Back then, I was a young, independent career woman. As an advertising copywriter, I spent my days... Read more »

Why 2012 food health studies are making me sick

Why 2012 food health studies are making me sick
Coffee is now good for you. According to a research study, it may help prevent Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, stroke and dementia as well as help you live a little longer. But java lovers know this: Another study says that drinking three or more cups of caffeinated coffee may be linked to a higher risk... Read more »
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How to do your July 4th grocery shopping without going ballistic

How to do your July 4th grocery shopping without going ballistic
Meltdown in aisle four. It’s getting downright ugly in the grocery store. A woman, mind you, not a child, is throwing a tantrum in front of the strip steaks. She’s berating the butcher. Flailing her arms at a senior citizen patiently waiting for his pound of ground round. And she’s shrieking at her husband, who... Read more »

Rielle Hunter: Why you'll get no satisfaction from her

Last Friday night, on a glorious summer evening, I could have gone to an outdoor concert, at a venue not five minutes from my home. Or I could have sat on my deck, dining alfresco and sipping a nice Italian Pinot Grigio. Instead, I was glued to the flat screen, unable to turn away from... Read more »

I was accused of having a social disease

Last week, I was staring at my computer screen when the phone rang. An acquaintance—not a close friend, called and told me flat out, “You have a Trojan horse.” As these words mulled around in my brain and I began to absorb their implications, my cheeks burned. I couldn’t have been more embarrassed than if... Read more »
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What 90% of us do that could increase our heart attack risk

According to the CDC, nine out of ten adults  are getting too much sodium in their diet,  which could increase blood pressure and risk for heart attack and stroke. U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that about half of all Americans—people 51 years old and over, African Americans and those who have other risk factors, consume no... Read more »