A Lesson From Paramount Theatre's Mary Poppins

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I attended a matinee of Mary Poppins at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, with my daughter, her two step-daughters, her mother-in-law and her sister-in-law. It was a fun “Girls Afternoon Out”. While everyone thoroughly enjoyed the excellent performance, I was surprised to discover that I was seeing Mary Poppins in a... Read more »

Lack of Respect Seems to Be Epidemic

It’s already started. The post-election nastiness.  All the people whose candidate did not win start trashing the people, sometimes their friends, whose candidates did win. My Facebook feed was full of it yesterday. The people who tried to dial it back got trashed too! Of course, there was PRE-election nastiness as everyone saw on those... Read more »

Who Needs New England Colors When You Have Coral Woods?

Start down the trail here. Watch for the roots in the path!
I heard on the radio the other day that the New England states were expecting bumper crops of tourists coming to see the fall colors. But why travel 1000 miles if you have vistas just as beautiful so close to home? Last week Tim and I took a hike in Coral Woods, one of the... Read more »

7 Lessons For Entrepreneurs From Hot Doug's

Last Friday was the last day for Hot Doug’s, a hot dog restaurant in Chicago. For those of you who  have been in a blue fog for the last few days or don’t reside in the Chicago area, Doug Sohn closed the hot dog restaurant that he started about 13 years ago on October 3.... Read more »

Life's Greatest Blessing

A while back a friend gave me a photo frame that says “Family” on it, and then the sentence “the love of a family is life’s greatest blessing“. I have a picture in it of my mom, step-dad, my sibs and all of our children at the time. There are 18 people in the photo... Read more »

Lessons From September 11: Let's Be Safe Out There

Today is 9/11, September 11, 13 years since the horrific day when life in the new millennium became marked forever by visions of planes crashing into skyscrapers, the Pentagon and farm fields in Pennsylvania. It’s become one of those defining moments in a lifetime, much as the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 has become... Read more »

3 Life Lessons From When My Dad Died

Last week it was 24 years since my Dad died. It was completely unexpected and he was way too young. I woke up that morning like any other morning, but by noon, it had all gone south. Life Lesson #1 –  Your entire life can change in a heartbeat. My sister called me about 10:00 and... Read more »

Could You Turn Off Your Computer?

I spent most of yesterday trying to discover why  Windows Update no longer works on my computer.  This is not the first day I have wasted on this endeavor. In fact I have been trying for about 6 months to resolve this issue. Like every other time, nothing I tried worked. So I took matters... Read more »

I'm a Procrastinator - I Must Be Perfect

I’m such a procrastinator! It is one of my worst faults and one I try hardest to overcome. But it still rears it’s ugly head and tells me, “You must Be Perfect!” “You can’t do it until it’s the Perfect time!” “It must be done Perfectly!” It always needs to be the perfect time, place... Read more »

See the USA! Why I Love Road Trips

I have always loved road trips. When I was a child, we went on 4 or 5 different trips, starting from Chicago and going all over the country. We visited states from Maine to Florida to California and everything in between. We visited Eastern Canada from New Brunswick to Ontario. We only missed the Pacific... Read more »