The Summer 2015 “Bucket List”

Happy Summer Solstice! I’m glad the Chicago weather showed up for the first day of the season at 81 degrees earlier today. I spent some good time this week celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win. This is my fourth summer living in Chicago as an employed young adult. I’ve noticed that somehow there manage to…

Garden Planning App for Caregiver Stress Relief

Gardening offers a lovely spring and summertime activity for senior caregivers to relieve stress and for their senior clients to get outdoors for an hour or two to get some light physical activity. The process of planning and planting a garden helps keep senior minds active and prevent onset of dementia. Using the Burpee Garden…

Beauty and the Beast: Then and Now

Growing up, my Beauty and the Beast VHS (remember those?) earned a lot of playtime and Belle edged out Ariel for the coveted title of my favorite Disney princess. At the time, I may not have been fully aware of why I liked Belle and her story the best; I probably just liked singing along to…

An Ode to International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating Women’s achievements and calling for greater equality. Whenever I think about my experiences growing up in the 1990’s and 2000’s, I feel thankful that I not only had strong female role models in my own life, but also in popular culture. Around the…

Brad Paisley Kicks Off Outdoor Concert Season to Packed Crowd

Cars clog the Tinley Park exit ramps on I-80 all the way to the highway, gravel in the parking lot crunches under cowboy boots and the moon shines down on a crowd dotted with cutoff jeans and cowboy hats. It must be the first big country music concert of the summer in Chicagoland. Last night…