Category: Health

Saying good-bye to the best dog ever

Saying good-bye to the best dog ever
Playing God is not for the faint of heart. It’s not for anyone, really, except maybe God. We just put our dog to sleep. Wrigley had lung cancer. We’d thought it was kennel cough. Then maybe a virus. But she took a turn for the worse, and the time from diagnosis to her death was... Read more »

Smilin' Phil Will Kill MS

Smilin' Phil Will Kill MS
Back in college, I worked with a guy who always wore a smile on his face and had an uncanny ability to talk backwards. (Really. Like complete sentences.)  Phil Yastrow, or “Smilin’ Phil,” as we used to call him, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, in a perfect example of how sometimes bad things... Read more »

The Lincoln Restaurant is closed

The Lincoln Restaurant is closed
The iconic Lincoln Restaurant in North Center is closing its doors for good today. The diner was a throwback to a different era and I will miss seeing the giant Abe Lincoln head sign as I pass by on north Lincoln Avenue, you know, if someone eventually gets around to taking it down. I first... Read more »
Advertisement:

Regret not running the Chicago Marathon? The A City Mom solution

Regret not running the Chicago Marathon? The A City Mom solution
It’s that time of year again, when the marathon is over and you are full of regret because you let another year go by without running it. (Feel free to use the same excuse I used this year: Someone brought back Twinkies.) However, A City Mom believes a better choice than offering excuses is offering solutions!... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes: The Conclusion? I didn't

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes: The Conclusion? I didn't
I really, really wanted to like running in Vibram running shoes. I suppose this made me biased from the start of my little experiment here, but, over a year after I started, I no longer run in them. They did, however, change my running form. I think for the better. Now, I’m a solid mid-to... Read more »

Summer Brain Drain: It can happen to your kids, too

Summer Brain Drain: It can happen to your kids, too
Summer Brain drain is a very real and worrisome phenomenon. And I hear it can happen to my kids, too. This is terrible news. Because while I look forward to the lazy languid days of summer, I really dislike the idea of brain drainage. It will mean just one more mess for mom to clean... Read more »
Advertisement:

It's "Donna Day" at ChicagoNow

It's "Donna Day" at ChicagoNow
Donna was the daughter of one of the bloggers in our ChicagoNow family, Mary Tyler Mom. Donna died at the age of four of pediatric cancer. You can read her heart-breaking story here. But even better, you can donate to the non-profit Mary Tyler Mom created to honor Donna and raise money for pediatric cancer... Read more »

Hostess Twinkies: Don’t Go!

Hostess Twinkies: Don’t Go!
It’s impossible for me to imagine life without Twinkies! I’m already craving them and I haven’t had one in over a year. (I am not pregnant!) And fruit pies. I’m craving Hostess Cherry fruit pies with that waxy sugar coating. Hostess Please don’t go! The Twinkie is a part of my life! My childhood! My... Read more »

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes, part 8: A 15K and some numb toes

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes, part 8: A 15K and some numb toes
Yesterday, I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K in Chicago and my goal was just to finish. I know! Not a lofty goal. I’ve been experiencing some numbness in the toes of my right foot (my plantar fasciitis foot) and didn’t know who was going to show up at the start line. Fortunately, my good toes... Read more »
Advertisement:

They Did It! 26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause

They Did It! 26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause
In September, I wrote about three brothers running the Chicago Marathon together. They weren’t doing it to be macho or because it was a good way to spend a day together. They were running to raise money for cancer research, specifically research into mulitple myeloma, a rare blood cancer that one of the brothers, Jeff... Read more »