Twilight Bliss

A mural of muted rose to pale gold to midnight blue reflected from sky to water then seemingly back into the clouds. A pair of ducks sits on the color-splashed surface taking in the night sky, diving for dinner. The lone fisherman, snaps his line as he casts into the lake causing a ripple of …

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Goal: Increasing the Fun Level

This past weekend my goal was to do at least one fun, unexpected thing each day. Mission accomplished. It is too easy to fill free hours with errands, busywork, chores.   Recent life events made me realize that I need to grab a hold of my time when I can, not let my life slip away. …

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Become a Child Again, Time Permitting.

Schedules, lists, calendars. They rule our daily lives, with some deadlines and events unmovable and others set arbitrarily in our minds. (you know, the to-do lists and laundry that MUST get done on a gorgeous day). As we become adults with more responsibilities, I think it's easy to become more rigid in our routines, our …

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The First Summery Weekend

Living all of summer in one weekend. In Chicago, where we have had an extremely cold and wet spring, these last three days have been a welcoming sign of summer approaching.   And I filled every moment possible with family, friends, and fun.   And projects that will hopefully pay us back this summer. It is amazing …

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Summer Festivals!

Local festivals rock.  Go explore one this summer, whether it's theme is art, a specific food (ice cream, corn, garlic), a region, music, sports, some fictional character, a hobby.  Yesterday my daughter Devon, her friend Courtney and I went to the Long Grove Strawberry Festival, right up the road from us.  The main goal was …

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Summer Day Camp Lessons

Driving my son to basketball camp each morning, I am so impressed with the number of kids at LZHS summer camps, improving their endurance and abilities in football, cross country, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and inside the building is summer school, band camp, more I can’t see. The older students mentor the younger ones, working …

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Uneven Garden Bounty

A wintry summer in Chicago has resulted in fewer beach and pool days, evening sweaters in August, lower air conditioning bills and a sadly underwarmed garden.  The biggest loser in my tiny three-step levels and overflowing garden seems to be the teeny sad tomatoes lacking the sun-kissed flavor we usually get.  They usually thrive in …

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