Saint Patrick's Day inspires hope during pandemic

Saint Patrick of Roman Britain escaped his Irish pirate captors, who enslaved him for six years, in the fifth century. He embodied humility and forgiveness as he introduced Christianity to the Irish people. Saint Patrick’s feast day of March 17 evolved to be an inclusive celebratory day. As our second Saint Patrick’s Day during the... Read more »

Valentine's Day Thoughts & Self-Care in the Pandemic

Mindful Center for Disease Control guidelines shift traditional Valentines Day and life during a pandemic. We embrace homemade cards and more quiet time from a safe distance. We acknowledge the stress as love may seem hidden. Nobel Peace Prize recipient and spiritual leader Dalai Lama suggests, “In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if... Read more »

Holiday Reflection this Pandemic Christmas Season

Holiday Reflection this Pandemic Christmas Season
Winston Churchill remarked, “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection.” Since our world paused and reset with the pandemic restrictions March, we confront and learn more about systematic racism, inequality, and social unrest while economic uncertainty challenges livelihoods. We wear masks and social distance with clean hands. We still shop small business to... Read more »
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12 Days to Shop Small Business in Chicago

12 Days to Shop Small Business in Chicago
As small businesses grapple with the pandemic shutdown and restrictions, customers, business owners and team members still spark joy and hope. As Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wrote, “Even in darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion.” Thanks to a few of our favorite local Chicago businesses who inspire hope. Many are women and minority owned... Read more »

Feelings of loss & gratitude this month of remembrance

Feelings of loss & gratitude this month of remembrance
As leaves crunch at our feet, we glimpse pink roses in bloom despite our frosty temperatures. We admire the splendor our loved ones, who passed, would savor. We aspire to their virtues. Our friend, Roy, believed so much in our great country, he fought in the Vietnam War before he was a United States citizen.  He passed away this... Read more »

This Halloween, we shall stay safe, reflect & do better

Bruce Springsteen’s new song “Ghost” from his album, “A Letter to You” soothes our hurting world. Bruce inspires, “I hear the sound of your guitar. Coming in from the mystic far the stone and the gravel in your voice come in my dreams and I rejoice.” We can reflect, act, do better. Bruce acknowledges pain,... Read more »
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Christopher Robin & Winnie-the-Pooh Speak to Loss & Covid Pandemic

Life events, simple pleasures, hard times, and moments of joy continue during the Coronavirus Pandemic. This week, our family grieves the passing of a loved one, my husband’s cousin. She died of a brain hemorrhage. We mourn with her children, parents, and grandmother. Sentiments from our recent family movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin, ring true. Christopher Robin’s childhood coming... Read more »

Wisconsin's natural charm sparks hope & wonder during pandemic

We cross winding rivers 100 miles from our Chicago concrete urban space. Bright city lights fade as Midwestern neighbors and Wisconsin loved ones social distance. Faded rustic farmhouses dot our horizon. Green pastures calm our pandemic angst. Towering maples and oak trees guide us along cobbled roads. Our boys run through open fields surrounded by lake and creeks. They... Read more »

We grieve, empathize & listen this end of school year

Profound teachable moments among world events overshadow Coronavirus news, risks, and fleeting frustrations of home learning. Today, our boys grieve the horrific death of George Floyd and so many other victims of racial injustice and police brutality. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. We pause as we... Read more »
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Shelter in place work life response & reality for Covid-19 pandemic

Each person and family experiences this chaotic and uncertain shelter in place from their unique perspective. Staggering facts, about physical and mental illness, financial hardship and unemployment, take our breath away. Together, we grieve and grasp moments of joy and extra time. Thanks to my husband, nine-year-old and seven-year-old boys, sis, parents, family, friends, coworkers,... Read more »