Face Your Fears

Ever since I realized that clowns were made of people, I couldn't walk within one hundred yards of a circus tent without breaking out into a cold sweat. Happily, after looking through the library, I discovered there are plenty of people out there with fears as irrational as mine. Phobias is an adorable little book, cataloging […]

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Technology that Changed Chicago: Building Foundations FAIL! 1870s-1900

Chicago City Hall (1885-1908) Source: Chicago Dept. of Public Works Annual Report. 1909 Previous post: Foundations, part one. After the Great Fire of 1871, a new generation of architects and engineers came to Chicago to build what were then the world’s tallest skyscrapers.  Most of the buildings were architectural and financial successes. A few, including […]

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Women Writers to Admire: Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster accomplished the nearly impossible task of turning her hilarious blog, Jennsylvania, into a successful book. Since Bitter Is the New Black was published in 2006, she's penned six more memoirs and three novels. Bitter is her tale of losing her lucrative finance job in Chicago and learning some seriously humbling lessons along the way. While it warmed my heart to see her ditch her snotty […]

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April 2 is National Walking Day

Exercise doesn't have to be hard. No, really! This April 2, the American Heart Association encourages us all to get moving toward a healthier lifestyle on National Walking Day. Wear your comfy shoes to work and take a walk! It's that simple. 30 minutes of your day, which can easily be broken into 15-minute increments, […]

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Choose Your Faction

Where do your strengths lie? Do you see service to others as your passion? Perhaps you are really, really smart or extremely honest. Do you value a peaceful environment above all else? Maybe your strength is your lack of fear. Or, quite possibly, you have more than one strength; perhaps you are divergent. Whether you […]

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