The Power of Story

By |2018-03-02T16:29:57-06:00March 18th, 2016|

My work has always been about telling stories. As a newspaper reporter fresh out of college, I gathered and wrote the stories of people and organizations in the Chicago suburbs: politicians, businesspeople, ordinary citizens who [...]

Taking it to the streets on Good Friday

By |2018-03-02T16:34:56-06:00April 4th, 2015|

Most Good Fridays, I go to my suburban church where I watch a service that is beautiful, moving, tear-jerking at times. It has been planned out for months, every note of music carefully scripted, every video [...]

A new look at stress relief…

By |2018-03-02T18:58:45-06:00January 16th, 2012|

Girls need pampering now and then. Most of us include a few girly maintenance/stress-relievers in our budget: pedicures, manicures, massage, a bit of retail therapy. I live a stressful life, in my opinion. My job [...]

Seeing (and loving) the invisible

By |2018-03-02T18:59:44-06:00October 12th, 2011|

If you don’t know the suburbs, they can look homogenous, a never ending landscape of tract houses and strip malls. But behind what was designed to be safe and middle class and predictable is an [...]

“Just a mom”??

By |2018-03-02T19:00:09-06:00September 13th, 2011|

Every time I hear a woman describe what she does by starting with the words, “I’m just…” I want to shake her. And then hug her. And say, there’s no such thing as “just a [...]

Making a difference

By |2018-03-02T19:00:24-06:00August 3rd, 2011|

My 17-year old daughter leans on the open newspaper on the kitchen counter. (Yes, as a former newspaper reporter, I can't quite give up daily delivery of the Chicago Tribune). I love that she reads [...]

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