Classic Romantic Comedy Back on the Big Screen

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The first movie I ever saw about adult relationships was Sleepless in Seattle. I remember my mother dragging me with her to a random movie theater in the western suburbs to see some movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan that in my mind was for "old people." I was 13 years old and hadn't […]

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Two Books to Get You through Valentine’s Day

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Don't worry. I'm not going to suggest a Sex-and-the-City type novel or a 18th century romance for my top picks for February. Instead I thought I would take a realistic approach to the month of love. The lead character in Hilma Wolitzer's An Available Man isn't a 30-something single woman or a man who just can't […]

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New Food for the New Year

Instead of giving up chocolate or vowing to make your diet consist completely of vegetables, maybe you've just decided to simply change the way you eat in 2014. For those of you like me who have a brand-new Kitchen Aid mixer that's been sitting on the living room floor since spring, you just want the accomplishment of […]

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Can You Work Out in 15 Minutes?

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Working out is one of life's horrible contracts. If you want to be have to exercise. Fine, but I won't like it. I wanted to get a jump on the whole exercising thing, but I didn't want to spend the cash to join a gym or hire a personal trainer. So my other option […]

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Being in the “Middle” of Family Drama That Never Ends

Thanksgiving not only brings great food, but of course tons of family drama. Whether you are caught in the middle or just an innocent bystander, here are two novels that are my favorites when it comes to family. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg takes a look at a suburban Chicago family dealing with divorce, obesity and […]

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The Vic Hosts Three Great Acts

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Chicago is a great stop for musical acts and the Vic Theatre is definitely one of the coolest venues Chicago has to offer performers and concert-goers. This month I was able to see three great shows at the Vic: Janelle Monae, Sea and Cake, and Toro y Moi. Janelle Monae put on a great show on October […]

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Fall Into Books…and TV

I love books...just as much as I love television. Sure, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book, but its also just as comforting to flop on my couch and watch a rerun of The Cosby Show. Just my luck fall TV programming is in full swing, and many of today's actors […]

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If The Warmth of Other Suns Is Too Long…Just Listen

I spent the last part of summer listening to The Warmth of Other Suns. I was preparing for a book discussion I was moderating at the Renaissance Adult Day Services Center in Chatham. Before this experience I was one of those people who only wanted to support the actual written word. No eReaders and who […]

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