Best Celebrity Breakup Songs

Felt heart cut into two jagged pieces

Reigning queen of celebrity breakup songs, Taylor Swift, just announced that her new album, 1989, will be released October 27. Of all her confessional tunes, "Dear John" is my favorite. She really stuck it to John Mayer on this track from 2010's Speak Now. Well...allegedly the song was about him. Ahem. "Don't you think I was too young to be […]

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Celebrate Wizard of Oz’s Chicago Roots

Montgomery and Stone as the Scarecrow and Tinman at the Grand Opera House, 1902.

August celebrates the 75th anniversary of the release of the MGM classic film The Wizard of Oz. This favorite has roots in Chicago. L. Frank Baum wrote the children's story in 1900 while living in Chicago, and many speculate that the Emerald City was inspired by the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition's famed White City. Baum's […]

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Moments That Change Everything

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There are moments in life when your whole world changes. I remember getting a fat envelope that told me I got into college. When I opened it, I had to make a choice that would change my life—to go or not to go? But some life-changing moments are not as happy. In If I Stay, the life-changing […]

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Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Cherries on a cherry tree

We know life isn't always a bowl of cherries, despite how much we'd like it to be, unless of course you happen to be visiting Door County, Wisconsin. Aside from abundant cherry farms and roadside stands where you can pick up pints of fresh cherries, jams, cherry pie and even cheese with chunks of cherries in it, Door […]

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Happy Birthday, Preston Sturges

The Palm Beach Story

Next week marks what would have been the 116th birthday of the director, playwright and screenwriter Preston Sturges (August 29, 1898-August 6, 1959). Born in Chicago as Edmund Preston Biden, Sturges began a life in the theater at a young age when he traveled with his eccentric actress mother to Europe to work with Isadora Duncan. Later, as […]

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Prepping for Kindergarten

Kindergarten

It's Get Ready for Kindergarten Month! Are you ready for the first day of kindergarten? In my house we are getting ready for a full day of kindergarten. I expected a smooth transition for my son since he's going to kindergarten at the same school he attended preschool for two years. But that is definitely not the case. Besides […]

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That Guy Knows Everything

Did you ever wonder what it's like to know everything? Or at least to know enough to fake it? There are a few books out there which give you a glimpse of the world of ultimate knowledge. In The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking has apparently grown so smart he can claim on the first page […]

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Technology that changed Chicago: Calling 911. 1860-1877

Previous: 1835-1860 Work began on a fire telegraph system in the early 1860s. Initially the system just connected the fire and police stations to each other. 1864 saw emergency communications take a leap into the modern era. The Fire Telegraph System began with 116 locked boxes. Each firefighter, police officer and certain responsible citizens had […]

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After You’ve Read Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Books stacked on a table

Women's fiction fans - we may be few but we're certainly proud! Sometimes it feels as if we are in a reading rut - waiting for our favorite women's fiction authors to come out with their next release. Believe me, I scour the web and have carefully organized lists of titles and authors and even upcoming […]

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Dystopian Fiction – It’s for Kids Too!

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Our collective fascination with utopian/dystopian worlds began in 1516 with the publication of Utopia by Sir Thomas More where he describes his ideal society. Fast forward almost 500 years to 1993 and the publication of The Giver, the first dystopian novel published for children. A seemingly perfect society, with no war, no pain and no […]

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