Archive for 2015

What is Advent?

What is Advent?
What is Advent?  According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, it is “the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting,” and “the coming of Christ at the Incarnation.” “Prayer and fasting.”  In other words, Advent is action.  It’s not a dead space between now and Christmas.... Read more »

Have you tried the new adult coloring books?

I got home from work and I received an email that Crayola was having a sale on Amazon.com.  I clicked on the link and I had 14 minutes to go before the sale ends or quantities ran out!  I bought a nature  themed and geometric themed kits for myself.  I was able to go back and get a kaleidoscope themed kit that I sent to the BFF.
Have you tried the new adult coloring books?  You can find them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and even the grocery stores.  I came across them quite by accident and when Crayola had a sale through Amazon, well, I was in. My BFF got me two more books and some gel pens from Costco that should be... Read more »

Am I a bandwagon Cubs fan?

Am I a bandwagon Cubs fan?
Am I a bandwagon Cubs fan? Sort of. I have lived in this city all my life and I have never been a Cubs fan.  Why is that you ask?  Well, I’m not sure.  My father was a fan.  I remember him watching the games on our black and white TV in the little apartment... Read more »
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A message from the bully on Classmates.com

A message from the bully on Classmates.com
Years ago I signed up with Classmates.com but got irritated with the fact that I had to pay for it to access certain information.  I abandoned it and didn’t think much about it. I still get an occasional email from them which I usually ignore.  The other day I received one and decided to click... Read more »

I didn't go to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, but my friends did

This was the "official" rosary that was sold by vendors throughout the meeting.
In my previous post, I wrote about how I didn’t get to go to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  Two of my friends were able to go and they were nice enough to bring me back a few things. I didn’t go to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, but my friends... Read more »

Pope Francis is arriving in Philadelphia today

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Pope Francis is arriving in Philadelphia today!  I had planned to be there.  I put my deposit down and was looking forward to an amazing trip.  Reality hit quickly and I soon realized I couldn’t go.  I just didn’t have the rest of the money. I was disappointed, but I wasn’t going to stress over... Read more »
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My visit to the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville

Just north of the museum, resides this large Dala horse.
One of the things I decided to do while on vacation was to visit the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville in Chicago.  I hadn’t been there in at least ten years.  It was nice to see the exhibits again and to visit my dad’s brick on the Immigrant Wall. I have to admit, I got... Read more »

Remembering September 11: My photos from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

My daughter and I traveled to New York City in March.  One of the highlights of that trip was our visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. My daughter was eleven years old at the time of the attacks.  She said visiting the museum made her feel closer to the people involved in... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Monica

The "new" church was dedicated in 1988
Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches brought my husband and I to St. Monica and to a mini family reunion. St. Monica has a relatively short history by Chicago city standards.  In 1945, Samuel Cardinal Stritch had plans for the new parish in the Norwood Park area.  Rev. John A. McCabe was named pastor of the new St.... Read more »
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An interview with David Dault, President and CEO of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club

An interview with David Dault, President and CEO of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club
I had an interview with David Dault, president and CEO of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.  The Chicago Sunday Evening Club was founded by Clifford W. Barnes in 1908 to minister to the business community.  Tell the readers about the Chicago Sunday Evening Club and what it does. We tell stories that inspire people to... Read more »