Surrender the sandals!

I am in total denial about the changing of the seasons. I know the leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping and taffy apples and candy corn are in the aisles of the local grocery store - not to mention the Christmas lights and candy canes. These are all signs that summer is ending and fall has […]

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Paul Konerko: A Class Act!

baseball resting on homeplate

After 16 years of playing baseball for the Chicago White Sox, first baseman and team captain Paul Konerko is retiring from the game. He has given the city of Chicago some unforgettable moments during his illustrious career. The one that resonates with most fans is the grand slam he hit in Game 2 of the […]

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The Empty Nest

So my youngest child just left to start junior year in college. What will I do now that I don't have half-empty glasses littering my coffee table, unmade beds to make and candy wrappers in my cushions to collect and dispose of? Seriously, I truly do miss the company and who in the world is going to turn […]

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Are You Prepared for Mayhem?

tornado funnel with clouds in background

What would you do if disaster strikes? Are you prepared to survive in a tornado, flood or blizzard? Some of my favorite movies deal with these topics, and usually the main characters do not fare very well when confronted with extreme weather conditions. They always choose to ignore warning signs and are astounded when they […]

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Dogs That Never Die

  I am an animal lover - I love them all - but I have a special place in my heart for dogs. Big, small, tiny, huge, I find something endearing about all breeds. I have an 8-year-old labradoodle (embarrassing name for a large, proud dog), and he is the light of my life. Much […]

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There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters

A Hallmark holiday I was unaware of is almost upon us. It's National Sisters Day which occurs on the first Sunday in August (who knew)? And for those of you who don't have a sister, never fear, Siblings Day is April 10th. And I am sure someone, somewhere is cooking up a day for people […]

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Baseball Hall of Fame movies

A record-tying six honorees will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27th. Three of the inductees, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Tony La Russa have ties to Chicago teams. Greg Maddux pitched for the Cubs from 1986 to 1992 before signing with the Atlanta Braves. He had great success […]

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Musician biographies

If you're like me, you know that summertime presents great opportunities to go to outdoor music concerts in this beautiful city. Since I'm a little long in the tooth now, I prefer sitting in the pavilion area as opposed to kicking back with a blanket on the grass, but the overall experience of an outdoor concert still […]

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Eli Wallach films

The venerable Eli Wallach, character actor extraordinaire recently passed away at the age of 98. He was in many memorable films during a career that spanned six decades. In 2010 he was honored with an Honorary Academy Award for a "lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters." He brought something meaningful to each role he played, no matter […]

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Beach Reads: Female Friendships

beach scene water and sand

Summer is FINALLY here and it's time to hit the sandy beaches with an ice cold drink and a good read. Enjoy these books centering around female friendships set against the beautiful beaches of the East Coast. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan chronicles the lives and loves of three generations of Kelleher women as they spend the summer […]

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