Holiday Drama Cometh

holiday ornaments

As the temperature cools and we jump in the last leaf pile, there is no denying it: the holidays are upon us. Even with my treasured family, the hectic pace of shopping, cooking, in-law scheduling, and guest-room cleaning makes the last few weeks of the year feel packed with high drama. Just when I’m ready […]

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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

Photo by Shirley Wallace

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. However, it took almost three years before news spread of the proclamation that all American slaves were freed. This historic moment happened on June 19, 1865 when General Gordon Granger arrived in […]

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The Non-Traditional Diner

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Admit it, there are some of us who do not look forward to the holidays. Specifically, holiday dinners. Some of us will not eat roast beast and some cannot eat stuffing or the delicious-smelling desserts. My family has a potluck for holiday meals (There are a lot of us.), and it's often a challenge coming up […]

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Who’s Your Favorite Scrooge?

Illustration from the Christmas Carol of Scrooge and Marley's ghost

Alastair Sim isn't the first Scrooge I ever loved, but over the years he’s become my favorite. Likewise, I consider his 1951 Christmas Carol the Christmas Carol. I especially love Sim's giddy, irrepressible joy the morning after the spirits visit, when he realizes he’s been granted a second chance at life. Favorite moment? When after dancing about the room he says, “I must stand […]

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Grin and Bear It through the Holidays

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Ah, it's the time of year that your phone lights up with calls and texts about holiday plans—an argument or two may even ensue. Your partner is not thrilled to spend another Christmas with your crazy clan that's called family and you're even less elated to sit through another dinner featuring Aunt Gertrude's green bean casserole […]

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Holiday Party du Jour: Ideas to Spruce Up Your Holiday Gathering


Have you ever been to one of those holiday parties where you wondered—who are these people? And how did they ever find the time to do this anyway? The decadent food, the bling decor and the hors d’oeuvres look like they came straight out of a high society magazine. Well, you too can be the […]

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‘Tis the Season: Holiday Concerts at Harold Washington Library Center

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Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy some festive tunes at our 10th annual lunchtime concert series! This year's performances feature a diverse array of classic and contemporary melodies. All concerts take place at noon in the Harold Washington Library Center Grand Lobby. Schedule of Performances Tuesday, December 2 Jones College Prep High School Concert Choir conducted by […]

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Spark Your Independence


With a pop, sizzle and boom the 4th of July announces itself every year. American’s love their independence and celebrate it every year with parades, picnics and, of course, fireworks. What is the science behind these colorful loud presentations that we all love so much? Susan Kuklin does a bang up job of explaining this […]

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Learn About Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is one of the most iconic Mexican holidays, recognized and celebrated both in Mexico and here in the United States. However, many confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day (September 16). Mexican Independence Day represents the separation of Mexico from Spanish dominion, while Cinco de Mayo marks a battle that helped […]

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