Monsters of the Midway Redux

Monster of the Midway book cover

OK Bears fans, another Super Bowl, another no-show for our team. It's been a rough year (actually, a rough decade) for Bears fans. Every season we hope and pray for the best, only to be devastated yet again. At first it was Lovie Smith who was going to lead us to the Super Bowl—well, we […]

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And the Award Goes to….

Bucket of movie popcorn with "admit one" ticket

The holidays are behind us and now it's time to look forward to "awards season." It starts out with the Golden Globes this coming Sunday, January 11, followed by the SAG awards on January 25, and the grand finale is the Academy Awards on February 22. I always try to see as many of the […]

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Laughing All the Way

Elf doll and Christmas lights

Christmas is right around the corner, and I'm experiencing my annual anxiety about how this year I'm going to do the holidays just right! Thanks to my expert planning, amazing baking and flair for decorating, I will truly be the hostess with the mostess! Sadly, this tableau exists only in my mind. The reality of […]

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Everyday Heroes

As children, our heroes were famous athletes, presidents and movie stars. We idolized them and expected great things from them, however, we were usually disappointed because the reality never measured up to the image we created in our minds. Several revered athletes have turned out to be not very nice people away from the playing field […]

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The Power of Pink

Breast cancer awareness month is upon us and pink is everywhere. Football players wear pink, buildings are aglow with pink lights at night, bakeries sell cookies with pink ribbons on them - you can't help but be reminded on a daily basis. This initiative started back in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer […]

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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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