"Old Man Winter" Is Your Skin's Worst Enemy

Proper skin care is always important, but it becomes an imperative during the winter. That's especially true for skiers and others who spend the season's precious daylight hours enjoying the outdoors. Seasonal dry skin — sometimes called "winter itch" — comes from the lower humidity and cold, dry, windy weather.  ...more

Chicago, IL vs. Moline, IL

Chicago, IL vs. Moline, IL Which would you pick? You might be surprised by my answer but first let me give you some background information.The Husband is spectacular at planning for birthdays, etc.  I really am quite jealous of his planning skills and wish I could be as good as him.  Shhhh...don't tell him I said that....more
I live so close, but rarely go. Chicago is my kind of town :)more

Romney Wins Illinois Primary; Women Voters Key to His Strategy

On the same day that a video went viral on the "Real Mitt Romney" (the title of which caught BlogHer editor Julie Ross Godar's eye this morning since it sounded amazingly like a post I wrote), the former governor traveled through Illinois with his wife, Ann, in hopes of securing women voters to stave off his nearest adversary, former Senator Rick Santorum....more
Romney is just another power seeker, not one out to protect womens' rights. But at least he ...more

Illinois Gets Same-Sex Unions, Catholic Charities of Illinois Jumps Ship

Today, Catholic Charities of Rockford, Illinois got out of the adoption and foster care business.The reason?Today, same-sex couples in Illinois have the right to enter civil unions -- marriage-like partnerships providing them with many of the rights and responsibilities available to opposite sex couples in the state. Because they didn’t want to work with same-sex couples, Catholic Charities bowed out of child welfare work altogether....more
Well put!!!  You are right on the money.!!!  The Catholic Charities can not have their cake and ...more

And So It Goes (Alabama/Illinois)

It would be easy to post pictures of pretty spring flowers I have seen, and I'll get back to that. But right now, I don't think those pretty spring flowers are important at all. You'll have to wait for those. ...more

This is Not Normal

Growing up in the Midwest, the spring "tornado season" is taken pretty much for granted. We all know there will be thunderstorms, cracks of lightning whose thunder rattles the window frames, wind that blows all the new leaves back to the ground. Maybe hail that is big enough to dent cars or sit in little ice-balls in the yard, melting slowly while some of us hide in the basements and the rest run for the video camera, hoping to catch the funnel cloud or the particular color of ash-green the sky just turned. ...more

Crossing the Line: Stalking Awareness Month

Paranoia While I have never been stalked, at least I don't think I have, the mere thought of it unnerves...more

How My Illinois Christmas Began

My Illinois Christmas started with being greeted with this sight at the airport:and this sight at my parents' house... ...more

I'm originally from Charleston and much of my family still lives there. I also lived in Anderson ...more

A preview of my White Christmas

So I discovered something magical.My mother's computer has a slot for digital-camera memory cards! Which means I was able to pull a few photos out to show all of you before I'm home (hopefully tomorrow night!...more

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