Why I hate Hooters

Why I hate Hooters
I hate Hooters, and it has nothing to do with the food. I’ve only been to a Hooters restaurant once, and it was such a long time ago, I don’t remember what I ate or if I enjoyed it (though a little owl tells me the food isn’t the number one reason people go there).... Read more »

What the heck are pulses and why you should be stuffing your face with them

What the heck are pulses and why you should be stuffing your face with them
Even though I’m a longtime sugar lover, I pride myself on keeping up with the latest health info so a few weeks ago when I read that the American Institute for Cancer Research is recommending we eat more pulses, I did a double take. Pulses!? Never heard of ’em unless we’re talking about yours or mine.... Read more »

The power of kindness: four Christmas (or Hanukkah) miracles

The power of kindness: four Christmas (or Hanukkah) miracles
OK, maybe calling them miracles is a bit of a stretch. Maybe I should have called them simply “good stuff” that happened in the frigid winter season. Still, it feels like a miracle whenever I’m the receiver of an act of kindness so I’m sticking with the miracle thing. Here goes… I’m not sure why it... Read more »
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The response I'd like to hear from one of the accused: I'm a sexual harasser and here's why I did it

The response I'd like to hear from one of the accused: I'm a sexual harasser and here's why I did it
With each passing day since the Harvey Weinstein story exploded, another powerful man is knocked off his lofty perch or could be in danger of soon doing so. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer. Garrison Keilor. Senator Al Franken. Congressman John Conyers. Louie C.K. Kevin Spacey. Roy Moore. James Tobach. Mark Halperin. Roy Price. Michael Oreskes. Russell Simmons. Geraldo Rivera. Just... Read more »

The time Betty and I got our names in Hedda Hopper's column

Last week, actress Jillann Gabrielle performed a one-woman show about Hedda Hopper’s life called, “Hedda! A Musical Conversation” at the Palatine Library. Gabrielle’s performance and the show were fabulous. Back in the mid 20th century, Hedda Hopper was a powerful player on the Hollywood scene. In the days before “TMZ,” “Entertainment Tonight” and waaay before the advent of... Read more »

Depression is the new normal: 9 reasons why we're all so f-ing depressed

Depression is the new normal: 9 reasons why we're all so f-ing depressed
When I walk into a particular doctor’s office, even if I was just there two days ago, the receptionist hands me a form to fill out, one asking a litany of questions in regard to my health. One question consistantly irks me: Are you depressed? I always answer no. Otherwise, I’ll have the label DEPRESSED tattooed... Read more »
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What it was like to live through the hurricane in Puerto Rico: Skokie Theatre owner tells all

What it was like to live through the hurricane in Puerto Rico: Skokie Theatre owner tells all
We’ve all heard about the devastation that took place in Puerto Rico after the hurricane, but it’s another thing to live though it. Wendy Kaplan, owner of the Skokie Theatre, along with her husband Scott Richardson, went to the island for a vacation and were stranded there after the hurricane hit. In the interview below,... Read more »

Put the blame for sexual abuse where it belongs: on men

Put the blame for sexual abuse where it belongs: on men
No, I’m not just talking about Harvey Weinstein, as appalling and repulsive the allegations against him are. I’m not just talking about the laundry list of other bigwig pork, including Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes. I’m talking about you. The average American man. The guy who, perhaps, never did a thing remotely considered to be sexual harassment... Read more »

I love Toni Preckwinkle and it has nothing to do with the soda tax

It wasn’t long ago when Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was the darling of the Democratic Party. Some even saw her as a possible rival to Rahm Emanuel in the next mayoral election. Then she came up with the despised (although not by me) soda tax, and suddenly she’s the gunk left on the... Read more »
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Hey Media: Stop already with the stupid Lack Of Sleep Is Bad For You news stories

Hey Media: Stop already with the stupid Lack Of Sleep Is Bad For You news stories
Hopefully, you woke up this morning feeling refreshed and perky as a Miss America contestant. I, on the other hand, am perched in front of my computer, bleary-eyed, looking like Rocky Raccoon roadkill and cranky as Donald Trump watching Alex Baldwin doing his SNL fish-lips-Trump impersonation. I couldn’t sleep last night, and you know whose... Read more »