#TBT: Celebrating Etta James

One of my all-time favorite songs for a newlywed couple’s first dance is "At Last" by Etta James. Somehow it never gets old. The melodic notes, soaring rifts and gritty tones seem to predict the coming ups and downs of marital bliss, captivating young and old alike. For this Throwback Thursday, we celebrate the phenomenal…
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Truth or Terror? Shark Books and Movies

It’s that time of year again! Discovery Channel's Shark Week! Considered one of the deadliest predators in the ocean (mostly because of the great white, affectionately nicknamed "the white death"), sharks have fascinated recent generations with their fierce predatory nature and sly cunningness. They've inspired legends and fear thanks to real-life incidents such as the Jersey Shore shark…
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5 Articles: Home Sweet Connected Home

What comes to mind when you hear the term “smart home technology”? Well, I asked around and here are some of the answers I received: televisions with internet capabilities automated home energy climate management systems standalone virtual assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home refrigerators with Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen tablets for multitasking automated security surveillance…
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Inaugural Chirby Awards Recognize Chicago-Area Authors

In recognition of Chicago’s rich literary culture and history, the Chicago Review of Books created its own unique book award this year affectionately called the Chirbys. The award celebrates noteworthy writing published by authors from the Chicagoland area during the current year in a variety of categories. The panel of judges consisted of representatives from Chicago…
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