What Facebook Doesn't Tell You: An Authentic Valentine's Letter on Working Hard in Marriage

Dear Tom, Wow! It sure has been a long time since I’ve written. Today seems like a perfect time to reconnect since it’s Valentine’s day. It has been a tricky time for us–major life changes can really tax a partnership. As we make our decisions about our job shifts, restructuring our companies and finding our paths... Read more »

Stella Gets Our Groove Back for a Happy 2017 Full of Love...and Naps

I am a dog person. Yet, I have hopelessly fallen in love with our new kitty cat. We have had cats before in our house. When I met Tom, he had a cat named Sam. He was a good one, but was timid and hid under the bed alot. Then came Lucy. She was a... Read more »

Post-Thoughts on the 2016 Thanksgiving Day Challenge

Are the leftovers really gone? Was Thanksgiving just a week away!? With the barrage of Holiday advertising and decor it feels more like it was a month away! I heard from many of you who decided to try the Thanksgiving Day Challenge and loved hearing your comments and feedback. How did it go? Did others in... Read more »

Take On The Thanksgiving Day Challenge

I know, I know…it’s been alot. The news, the tweets, the Facebook commentaries and the incessant news soundbites. The political blogosphere has been ramped up since November 8th and I think it would do us all good to step away from the crazy-ness! For just one day, let it go. Here’s my challenge to you... Read more »

To Process the Election Results, Channel the Fab Four

All over the world, people have had deep feelings to process with this election. It has taken me close to 48 hours to even begin to write. I have talked with many friends, family and strangers about their thoughts and it ranges from fear to deep sadness. I have not interacted with anyone who is excited or... Read more »

Number of Hugs Predicted the Success of the Chicago Cubs; Could More Create a World Series Win?

With an exciting 5th game in the 2016 World Series, the Chicago Cubs brought home a “W” with a final score of 3 to 2 against the Cleveland Indians. Closing out the last three innings was the Cubs “Closer,” Aroldis Chapman, shown in the photo hugging his catcher, Willson Contreras, at the end of the... Read more »

The Push and Pull of Almost-'Tweens

I thought it would be a hoot–picking up my 8 and 9 year old at the bus stop in our big alien cape and mask. I even thought that maybe each day until Halloween I would come up with wearing a mask or funny outfit when I got them after school. The neighbors glanced at me sideways... Read more »

Admitting My Difficulty in Hearing the Sounds of a Trump

My dad leaned Republican. I am a Democrat. In our history, we had many discussions about our views–sometimes heated, sometimes light, always impassioned. We were able to debate quite honestly and intelligently about our opinions and why we we chose our respective candidates. I look back at those times with a smile in my heart. I... Read more »

Rock Your (WXRT) Teal One Last Night; Listen to Your Body Every Night

It’s September 30th and it’s the last day (night!) of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Be sure to purchase your vintage, WXRT, teal t-shirt (I know I said in my previous blog, “What’s up with the teal?” but this shirt is a classic, simple design and worth it). WXRT is honoring their longtime DJ, Leslie Witt,... Read more »

An Easy Way to Make Someone Feel Special

Tonight, as a Chicago Now Blogger, we had the opportunity to write about “Someone Who Made You Feel Special.” Once a month we have a challenge to receive a surprise topic, write for an hour and publish it without over-thinking it or over-correcting it. I thought about many people in my 44 years who made... Read more »