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Giving up the resolution to diet

If you, like me, thought about making 2018 the year when you really would lose 10 or 15 pounds, New Year’s articles about the folly of dieting were either depressing or liberating. In a January 1 article in the Tribune, psychology professors Traci Mann and A. Janet Tomiyama explained why they concluded from their research... Read more »

Help the homeless through these charities

I was walking in River North early Sunday morning when a man who looked to be 30something approached to ask where to get the South Shore train. After I gave him the bad news that he was about a mile away, he said, “Thanks for talking to me. You’re the first person who did. People... Read more »

Rethinking my reaction to BLKS

I saw BLKS, currently playing at Steppenwolf, in previews. I was eager for the reviews to come out to reinforce my opinion. Self-doubt had set in when the performance got a standing ovation from quite a few in the audience. It hadn’t wowed me. Despite its name and playwright Aziza Barnes’s writing that it’s “a... Read more »
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Realizations and a resolution result from friend’s ghosting

It’s been more than a year since I was ghosted by a very close friend, someone I’d been friends with for 20 years. I’m still not over it. If you don’t know what the term “ghosted” means, neither did I until reading it in Amy Dickinson’s advice column in the Chicago Tribune. But I certainly... Read more »

Grab bars in tub are a top safety recommendation

One of the best gifts I got for Christmas last year was a grab bar for the bathtub. When they went with their mother to shop for it, my teenage nieces thought it was for their then-89-year-old grandmother. “Aunt Mar, what do you need a grab bar for?” one asked as I opened the package.... Read more »

Thoughts for December: the weather and shopping

The carolers at Cloud Gate Friday sang “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” but I doubt that any of us were unhappy that it was warm enough to leave the gloves and hats at home. Christmas was still 3½ weeks away. The snow could wait. The weather the past few days has been such a... Read more »
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Should safety experts study occasional drivers?

News stories report that car ownership is on the decline. It’s been more than a decade since I owned a car. Urban car-sharing services like Zipcar make it easy to rent by the hour to run errands, and Turo and conventional rental companies provide longer bookings. Now weeks go by when I’m not behind the... Read more »

Trust your gut when choosing a financial adviser

The first time I met with Whitlee, a certified financial planner at Fidelity Investments, she said that her predecessor had left this note in my file: She doesn’t want to be contacted or see us often. It’s now a couple of years later, and when I saw Whitlee last week for our annual visit, I... Read more »

Biennial needs more clarity for us laypeople

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, executive director Todd Palmer said in a WTTW interview, is “a kind of hands-on, fun, accessible way to get the public thinking about what’s new in the field of architecture.” Accessibility to the public is a laudable goal, but unfortunately, too many of the exhibits are obscure to me — even... Read more »
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Should we laugh at Trump or cry or scream?

I took in Comedy Central The Daily Show’s pop-up exhibit “The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library” during its very brief three-day installation at Union Station. It was priceless, even though I was already aware of many of the tweets. Trump spews his under-140-character absurdities so often that the latest one overshadows previous outrages. Collected... Read more »