I took a lovely winter trip to my hometown of Houston, Texas recently. After a miserable Chicago winter, I was looking forward to fresh air, sunshine and plenty of exercise, and, of course, catching up with my parents and seeing how many visits to Ninfa’s I could fit in one visit (answer: just two, but […]Read more "Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Even The Beatles"
I first visited Chocolat Uzma Sharif during our World’s Slowest Marathon, which I wrote about for Men’s Health. It was proper fuel, indeed. A few weeks ago, I discovered that my favorite Chicago chocolate shop, Chocolat Uzma Sharif, offers a Chocolate 101 workshop (I highlighted the class in a piece I wrote for Midwest Living, which you […]Read more "The Sweetest Class in Chicago: Chocolate 101 at Chocolat Uzma Sharif"
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A “holiday” best celebrated at home. Unless, that is, you can get a reservation at White Castle. Which we did. See, Neil had read that White Castle, home of the slider, takes reservations for that most romantic of holidays. After a bit of research, we learned that not only do they take […]Read more "Valentine’s Day at White Castle"
A few months ago, Neil and I were inspired to walk 26.2 miles around Chicago, in true DIY marathon style. Just in time for the New Year, I’ve written about it for Men’s Health Magazine. Check out my 6 tips for walking a marathon.Read more "26.2 Miles to a New Year, New You: 6 Tips to Walk a Marathon"
First things first: five days in Puerto Vallarta wasn’t enough. We flew down there for a Monday through Friday Thanksgiving trip, and would have loved to stay longer (work called me back, as did super cheap plane tickets, which dictated the timing). We left blustery Chicago and landed in sultry Mexico in late November, and from the […]Read more "Sunsets, Street Tacos, Street Dogs and Hidden Streets: Strolling through Puerto Vallarta, Mexico"
At the ASJA Content Connections conference Nov. 13, keynote speaker Jay Heinrichs said some incredibly kind things about a story that I wrote for Southwest Airline’s Spirit Magazine (Now called Southwest: The Magazine). Since the magazine doesn’t keep archives for very long–the story ran in 2010–I wanted to share it here. Thanks for all who […]Read more "How Mya Saved Jacob by Kate Silver"
I recently traveled to the Murcia region of Spain on a press trip. Here’s the first in a series of what I saw: Parador de Lorca Usually, when I think of Paradors, I think of very, very old Spanish buildings converted to hotels: palaces, castles, convents. In Lorca, the Parador is actually brand new. It […]Read more "From Castle to Quake: A Journey through Lorca, Spain"