Then March Arrives

Can we all let out a sigh of relief? Is winter finally over? March has arrived with a flood of sunshine and “warmth”. We have made it through the cold, gray, stagnant months of winter. Cold wind that sharply slaps your face. Not seeing the sun for days. Blizzards. Ice. Sleet. Wintry mix. A sense... Read more »

It's not too early for kindness this holiday season.

It’s only the first week of November, but already, the season is upon us. The holiday season. Christmas carols. Christmas coupons. Decorations. Holiday shopping. Religious services. Ugly sweaters. Holiday parties. Green and red M&M’s. I am not quite ready this year. I wish we could fast forward to January 1st.  As I walked into the... Read more »

Call your mom today

(www.facebook.com) I found this image posted on a friend’s Facebook page. The sharp realization that I will never be able to jovially nudge a friend in the arm after seeing a sign like this and say “Aw, man, no wifi? Man, that sucks. I need to give Ter (my mom) a call anyways to check... Read more »
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Healthy? Stop complaining and start living.

Let’s admit it. We all have some complaints every day. “I wish I didn’t have to go to work or school today”. “My mom/dad/wife/husband/partner/kid is so annoying.” “I got stuck in traffic. ” “I’m tired.” “I don’t want to work out.”  “My cell phone battery is dead and I missed your text about Game of... Read more »

Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a huge success: The power of Facebook

So, if you haven’t seen a trillion videos people filling up industrial sized buckets of ice water and dumping it on themselves, you’ve probably been living in desolate Montana with no internet connection. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has raised millions for the caused merely because the idea of sharing the video on Facebook immediately... Read more »

People of the Metra

So, I’ve been riding the Metra a lot more as of late seeing that I don’t have that whole car thing going on, and I have a lot of family out in the burbs. I’ve been noticing consistent trends of the types of people I’ve been encountering on the Metra, regardless of which line I... Read more »
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Colonoscopy: It's not a torture mechanism, it's a lifesaver.

Ah, colonoscopy. Besides a root canal, I cannot think of another routine medical procedure that anyone dreads more. Having issues with my digestive health as of late led me to finally seek out a gastroenterologist’s opinion in regards to what had been happening. This was after the really official diagnosis I’d given myself from WebMd... Read more »

Guilty of a Fun Time in Food Town

So, I’d love to sit here and tell you that I eat a consistent diet of brown rice, lean protein, never consume caffeine, don’t dump an entire salt shaker on food that is supposed to be low in sodium therefore defeating the purpose, etc. I am absolutely not knocking eating healthy; in fact, I do... Read more »

Why my wedding dress scares me

No, it’s not because I am scared to get married, although I think the rest of the world is very scared of this. I am actually, for once in a very long time, a bit more secure than I’ve been in years. The real reason? I am scared because of its size and what that... Read more »
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Donna Day 2014: What you need to know to be a hero

The picture above is of a beautiful young girl, Donna, who left us far too soon in her brave fight with pediatric cancer. The past few years in my family have unfortunately been years in which the word “cancer” has not been an unfamiliar term to us. My mom has fought (like a champion, mind... Read more »