Category: Consumer matters

Five-C's criteria for my condo

Spending more time than usual at home, we might be feeling as bored with our dwellings as with ourselves. The blahs can bring on an itch to redecorate. I had hardly changed anything in my South Loop condo after making it livable when I moved in seven years ago. Before scratching the redecorating itch, though,... Read more »

Grrr . . . Facebook is needed to rent a Getaround car

What do Facebook and car sharing have in common? I wouldn’t have thought anything until I learned that a Facebook account is needed to use the peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround. For the first time in the 15 some years since I gave up a car, I need regular access to a vehicle. And so for... Read more »

Making masks more comfortable

Let’s stipulate that it’s important and respectful to continue wearing masks as long as the coronavirus is out there. I wear a mask because I should, not to align with a political position. Okay, that’s established. Now I can complain about masks. It’s harder to breathe wearing a mask. It’s harder to hear, and harder... Read more »
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The peril of saving apparel to wear later

No matter how diligently we exercise and watch our diets, our shapes change as we age. We get shorter and wider as muscle tissue shrinks. Even our feet flatten and widen from wear and tear. Losing an inch and a half of height bothered me. Needing shoes a half-size larger wasn’t troublesome — except for... Read more »

It’s true: tea is a wonder beverage

If marijuana is your preferred drug, glad that you can consume it legally in Illinois now. Mine is tea. I figured it was an excusable addiction even as my consumption grew over the years to a half-dozen or so cups a day. I never experienced caffeine jitters. When reports of tea’s health benefits came out,... Read more »

Handy tips for not losing gloves

Winter has just begun, and already I’ve lost a glove. That makes one lost every winter for at least three years. The jacket with shallow pockets that open on a slant is the culprit. Well, my habit of walking with my hands in my coat pockets is to blame, too. If the gloves are in... Read more »
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What's in my masala dabba

Indian cooks keep a masala dabba in the kitchen. It is a round, stainless steel, tightly closed container that holds seven little bowls of spices and a small spoon or two for dispensing them. The spices vary with the cook and are supposed to be those she uses most often. Traditional Indian cooks include salt,... Read more »

Avoid going into hospital as observational

If you have the misfortune to stay overnight in a hospital bed, make sure you’re admitted to the hospital. A month ago that statement would have made no sense to me. How could you occupy a hospital bed without being admitted? In the last few weeks my mother spent three postsurgery nights in Presence St.... Read more »

Teeth cleaning to music and words

Have you ever heard anyone say she likes going to the dentist? Didn’t think so. To say that Dr. Joani Tarsitano makes the experience fun might be an exaggeration, but she does entertainly distract patients from what’s she’s doing in their mouths.  When you sit down in the examining chair, Joani — the formal Dr.... Read more »
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Caring less about looks: are women making any progress?

Three women about my age, all slim, recently told me that they won’t be seen in a swimsuit. I don’t recall ever hearing a man say he would not wear swim trunks in public. I’m not criticizing my gender but the societal norms that still make appearance so important for women. Donald Trump’s weight falls... Read more »