Archive for January 2014

The beauty of language: Saying so much in just a few words

The other day, after dropping of my kids at school, I switched from the High School Musical soundtrack to NPR – per my typical morning routine. As I stared out at the sea of red brake lights heading south on Lake Shore Drive my mind began to wander until a snippet of an interview with... Read more »

Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend: 1/31, 2/2 and 2/2

After a freezing-cold start to the weekend, I’m ready for the weekend. And, it’s shaping up to be a good one with milder temperatures in the forecast and Chinese New Year celebrations starting up this Friday. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend –... Read more »

Paris and pastries: Kudos to Author Amy Thomas for putting her passion into print

I have very set tastes in books and never stray too far from ones within my preferred genre. For that reason, I have never been in a book club or taken any of my mother-in-law’s many book recommendations to heart. For as long as I can remember, when I have time to read for pleasure,... Read more »
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The new year in numbers around the world

One of my son’s classmates spent the last semester studying at a school in Ethiopia. She recently returned to their second-grade class and was barraged with a wide-range of questions about her time in the foreign country – the ones only seven or eight-year-old minds could phantom to ask, of course. When my son came... Read more »

Self-service kiosks help shorten U.S. custom lines at O'Hare and other US airports

This past summer my family had a connecting flight home from London. Instead of flying direct to Chicago, we had a layover in Philadelphia – our first port of entry back in the United States. With three hours between flights, we assumed that we’d have plenty of time to go through U.S. customs, recheck our... Read more »

Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend: January 24, 25 and 26

The weekend is finally here. With chilly temperatures ahead, it’s time to plan how to spend the days. Lucky for us, Chicago knows how to have lots of good, educational, active and warm family-friendly fun. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday,... Read more »
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Chinese New Year: Foods to help bring you good luck and health in the coming year

A big part of any holiday tradition is, of course, food and drink. When I think of parties, celebrations, reunions and other events tied to specific holidays, I can’t help but also think of the foods on the table and the drinks overflowing in our glasses as we said “cheers,” “santé,” “l’chaim,” “prost,” and the... Read more »

Seven ways to celebrate Chinese New Year with your family in Chicago

Chinese New Year is celebrated the first fifteen days of the Chinese calendar. The holiday, which begins on January 31, 2014, is the longest one in the Chinese calendar. This year is the Year of the Horse, one of the 12 animals on the Chinese zodiac calendar. To celebrate the New Year, it is customary for... Read more »

Youth language learning in Chicago: Language Stars opens its 15th local center this week

My husband and I are always quick to say we wish we could speak more than one language. While both of us took a language early on in school, we never progressed past a basic understanding of Spanish for him and French for me. From the first time we spoke about our hopes and dreams... Read more »
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Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend: January 17, 18 and 19

The weekend is finally here. And, with it comes moderate temperatures (for Chicago) and an extra day for all of us to commemorate the dream, the message and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend –... Read more »