Are You Prepared for Mayhem?

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

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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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