New Year Reflection & Goals

Martin Luther King, Junior remarked, “I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so that we can make of this old world a new world.” Those words ring true as we collectively get comfortable in 2022. We tip toed into the New Year with... Read more »

New School Year Goals as Pandemic Persists

“Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” The legendary NBA player Kobe Bryant’s words still inspire student athletes since he passed. This August, we continued cautious back to school rituals with workbooks, new haircuts and supplies. Just as toilet paper sold out a year-and-a-half ago, grocers and stores now run low on school... Read more »

Pandemic & School Year End Lessons Learned

In-person schools closed last March in response to the pandemic. We adjusted to work from home with competing priorities, including health, safety, work commitments and school for our boys. We also faced a national reckoning against social and racial injustice and inequality. Our global community navigated public health issues, fear, chaos, stress, and exhaustion, especially... Read more »
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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 »