Some people are destined to draw more attention than others, apparently.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Northlight's comedy-drama takes us on a masterfully acted, well written tale of two people who have experienced loss but are finding the courage to open their hearts again. It features Rhea Perlman and Francis Guinan.
When life and love have punched you in the heart and left you sprawled on the sidewalk, is it really possible to pick yourself up and expose your tender feelings again to the possibility of new love? Though it's cloaked in comedy, that's the central question in Northlight Theatre's Stella & Lou. This beautifully-constructed play, in which playwright Bruce Graham tempers his musings on loneliness and courage with quick-witted comedy based on human vanities, is a marvel in itself. With Rhea Perlman, formerly of the TV show Cheers, bringing out Stella's warmth, wise-cracking and down-to-earth compassion, and Steppenwolf Theater Company veteran Francis Guinan exploring the nuances of Lou's reticence to leave the past behind, it's clear 10 …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
It's been a long week. You need a pick-me-up.
Friday's here. Thank goodness. One more day of work, and that's it. Here's a little inspiration to get you through to Saturday. For more than a month now, Patch and Grape-Nuts have teamed up to present stories about your neighbors, neighbors who have faced challenges that would seem insurmountable to many of us. But not to the people we've featured in this series, Journeys. Not surprisingly, the stories have generated dozens of comments on Patch and on Facebook: "Great story..." "Thanks for sharing..." "So wonderfully inspiring..." And, so, here they are again. Great stories shared to inspire. Take a look at what these people have faced. Then click on the story to see their responses. And feel better about your tough week. Pit Bull …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Why doesn’t Metra have wireless internet on its trains yet? Mostly because it would be enormously expensive and a technological challenge, too. But should they?
Should Metra get Wi-Fi? Even if it’s expensive and hard to implement and maintain? The commuter-rail network is considering the possibility, the Chicago Tribune and other news agencies report, but price and technology continue to be two major barriers, despite that a DePaul University report shows 48 percent of Metra riders use personal electronic devices during their commutes. According to the paper, it could cost over $70 million to install wireless internet on all 11 Metra lines over five years—though some of that could perhaps be recouped by paid plans or sponsorships—and there’s a fear that the technology might quickly become obsolete or go unused by customers who prefer other connectivity, like smart-phone hotspots or air-cards. "(…
Make something special to thank your child's teacher this year
The end of the school year is almost here. It’s time to start thinking of how to say “Thank You” to your child's teachers for all of their hard work and guidance this year. Let me help you scratch this item off of your to-do list with some easy, unique and memorable teachers’ gift ideas that you can make with your kids. 1. Jazz up those Gift Cards - Teachers totally appreciate gift cards. But it’s hard to make a small plastic card eye appealing, right? Not so! The Busy Budgeting Mama has some incredibly cute ideas to make teacher appreciation gift bags that add a little something extra homemade to your gift card. Download her cute printable labels or just make up your own. 2. Impress your Art Teacher – Here’s an easy, art-themed teacher’s …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Jolie announced Tuesday she underwent a double mastectomy to prevent her chances of breast cancer. Her likelihood of developing the cancer was at 87 percent. Tell us what you think about Jolie's decision and announcement in the comments section.
Actress and director Angelina Jolie announced today in a New York Times op-ed piece that she recently underwent a double mastectomy to cut her chances of developing breast cancer. Jolie wrote she decided to receive genetic testing since she was at a higher risk of breast cancer — her mother fought the disease for almost a decade before dying at age 56 — and because she wanted to make sure she would be there for her children, according to her New York Times column. Jolie said she carries a "faulty" gene, BRCA1, which raised her risk of developing breast cancer to 87 percent, according to the Associated Press. After having the double mastectomy, her chances of developing breast cancer dropped to five percent, according to the Associated …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
April showers brought flood of problems to an already troubled state.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
This year grab the kids and make Mom or Grandma a truly unique handmade gift
Mother's Day is this Sunday and while diamonds are a girl's best friend, nothing makes a Mom's heart melt more than a homemade Mother's Day gift. Here are three easy and super cute ideas that the kids can make for you (hint, hint) or you can work on together to thrill Grandma. 1. Lime Mint Foot Soak Mom deserves some pampering so give her a spa-like experience. Cheryl over at TidyMom.net has the instructions and a free printable label to make Mom or Grandma a Lime Mint Foot Soak. An easy but much appreciated gift, to be sure. If you want to go all out, here's how to have a Family Spa Night at home for Mom. 2. Black and White or Sepia Photo Vases Better Homes and Gardens shows you how to make a photo vase for Mom. Just print a black and …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Where's a superhero when we really need one?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Fun activities for the kids at your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican Holiday that celebrates the Mexican Army’s victory over France in the mid 1800’s, has become a bigger and bigger event here in the U.S., mostly due to our love of Margaritas and imported beer. However, it has morphed into a celebration of Mexican culture - so why not take the opportunity to teach your kids about Mexico in a fun way. If you were thinking about inviting some friends or neighbors over this weekend to celebrate, here are five Cinco de Mayo party ideas the kids will love. It’s a Fiesta! Mexican Flag – Have the kids make their own Mexican Flags with this fun idea from the A Mom Not a Pro blog. Even a toddler can make this fun flag art. DIY Mini Pinata – Mari over at the Inspired by Familia blog has a …