Happy 75th Birthday, Stan Mikita!

Statue of Stan Mikita

Stan Mikita, who played his entire 22-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks, is turning 75 on May 20. Nicknamed Stosh, he was one of the most dynamic centers to ever play the game of hockey, scoring 541 goals and 926 assists before being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. As a kid, […]

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Game of Thrones Returns!!

A Game of Thrones book cover

Whoo-hooo! April 12 is rapidly approaching and, along with the winter thaw, you know what that means? Yup—Game of Thrones season five returns. It's been nine months (kind of like a pregnancy) since the last episode aired and GOT fans are more than ready to see the birth of season five. CAN NOT WAIT to catch up with […]

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The Incomparable Maureen O’Hara!

Tis Herself book cover

When I think of Irish actresses, the first and foremost one that comes to mind is the incomparable Maureen O'Hara. Her red hair, fiery temper and Irish lilt to her voice captivated audiences in such films as The Quiet Man, McLintock, Miracle on 34th Street, and later in life Only the Lonely. I will always […]

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“Miracle on Ice” 35th anniversary

ice hockey skate, stick and puck

It's hard to believe, but on February 22, it will be 35 years since the historic "Miracle on Ice" game unfolded at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. As an avid hockey fan, it still boggles my mind that a bunch of college kids, led by Coach Herb Brooks, was able to beat […]

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Cheaters + Stalkers = Movies About Love Gone Wrong

Heart pincushion with pins sticking out

Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that can be very stressful if you don't have a significant other in your life. Every store you go to, from CVS to Macy's, has giant red hearts, flowers, perfume and candy strategically placed to remind you that you need to buy something for your soul mate. But what […]

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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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