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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 »

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 »
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Gift books to those in need near Chicago with Bernie's Book Bank

“A House without books is like a room without windows,” said Henry Ward Beecher. Books help children dream and visualize a world of hope and promise. The most significant influence for early educational success is an introduction to reading at home, according to the National Commission on Reading. Grim statistics demonstrate that two-thirds of students... Read more »

Thanksgiving Haiku

Thanksgiving Haiku
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Thankful for leaders and loved ones who shine bright for better world. Thank you for reading and being a part of this community. XO RELATED: Thanksgiving Dinner is all about family EIGHT YEARS AGO: Our engagement story

How to talk with kids about objectification of women & consent

The other day our five-year-old sang what he remembered from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s song Baby Got Back, “Oh my Gosh.” Those lyrics transitioned to a conversation about objectification of women. While our three and five-year-olds didn’t yet know the term “objectify,” we introduced it. We talked about how it is wrong to define or judge any human, man or woman,... Read more »
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The Scary Kingdom: How I overcame my Disney World phobia

The Magic Kingdom can epitomize fears ranging from mountains, water, thunder to gender stereotypes and more. LOVE AND PRAYERS Sadly, catastrophic events happen too often. Good, innocent people suffer horrible tragedy. I pray for those who experience tremendous loss. We hope and try our best to stay safe. Even Disney property can be scary. Thirty... Read more »

Farewell to The Good Wife Season Finale

Farewell to The Good Wife Season Finale
*SPOILER ALERT* Although some fans were disappointed The Good Wife didn’t conclude with a happy ending, I loved it. The heroine is a strong woman leader. The final episode included many Chicago and Illinois political references. Life is messy, but repeats itself. Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margolis, emerged as a pillar of strength. She... Read more »

5 things to do after your big meeting

5 things to do after your big meeting
I’m fortunate to work for the world’s largest professional associations with awesome co-workers. I’ve staffed over 50 huge meetings with the help of many a team. We’ve had amazing speakers such as Senator Hillary Clinton and civil rights attorney Hawa Ibrahim from Nigeria. I get to talk to leaders from around the world every work... Read more »
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7 writing musings on blogiversary

7 writing musings on blogiversary
Thank you for visiting this blog. Your page views, comments and likes are so encouraging. Two years ago, I launched this ChicagoNow blog with my first post. My only regret is I didn’t join the group sooner. Speaking of the community, the writer of Mysteries of Life just tagged me in a writing prompt to share 7 writing musings. Little... Read more »