AFSP Chicago’s Out of the Darkness Walk 2014

“When you are walking today, I want you to think of your best memories of your person (people)…. Keep your loved ones’ memories alive, by speaking about them and saying their names.” ~ Ryan Chiaverini at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Chicago Out of the Darkness Walk (September 20, 2014) ...more

Today You Are Five

It’s your “five birthday!” You have been telling us how excited you are for it, since you turned four last year. And what a year it has been… So many adventures, fun family vacations, trying new things and learning about your world. You are in Junior Kindergarten now and seem to enjoy going to school every morning, five days a week ....more

It Never Ends

I can still smell the soap on my hands as I type this. It’s one of many triggers I experience every time I go there. But it’s worth it ....more

Apart at the Seams

Greetings and welcome to this stop on the...more

I’m Here

We drove by on our way to dinner and noticed their front door was open. I asked Bob if he minded if we stopped by quickly to say, “hello.” I hadn’t seen them since the day of her funeral (which I ended up giving a eulogy at). I hopped out and rang the door bell ....more

The 7 Minute Sculpt: 7 Exercises You Can Do at Home

Whether you are looking for a quick workout on a busy day or to add to something you are already doing, such as running or power walking, these 7 moves/stretches can be done in your home or anywhere. The only equipment you need is a yoga or exercise mat. I recommend doing three sets of Moves 1 - 6. Do each one as described and then repeat two more times, followed by Move 7. ...more
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Ice Bucket Challenge & Raising Awareness

Earlier this week one of my friends tagged me in a post on Facebook. In the post she shared a video of dumping a bucket of water over her head in the name of raising awareness for ALS. She then challenged me, along with two others, to do the same within 24 hours or make a charitable donation ....more

Deep River Waterpark, Family Fun & Giveaway

Are you looking for a fun place to go, for a last hurrah of the summer, with your family? Last Friday, my family and I got to visit “Illinana’s Largest Waterpark,”...more

Here and There

The older I get, the more people I care about who die, the more the balance seems to be shifting from most of my heart and mind being in this world to more of it being in the afterlife. My loved ones and I have experienced a lot of loss this summer. I get that comes with age ....more