In these days of The Knee Defender, flying has become a lesson in patience and abandonment of personal space. We’re packed in like veal, leaving little room for courtesy and kindness. It’s a battle of self preservation, as Frank Bruni wrote about in a column in today’s New York Times, called “Just Plane Ugly.” Last […]Read more "An Unexpected Show of Kindness (and Medical Intervention) In Flight"
The house is just so quiet now. No more metronome tail-hitting-the-floor action. No more leaning–almost destructively–into chairs and walls, eroding marks into the paint. No more lumbering downstairs at the sounds of our voices; or a passing dog; or the mailman; or the UPS truck; or a dog passing by; or a dog barking in […]Read more "The Long Tail Wag Goodbye"
Last weekend I had a piece in the Washington Post about a fabulous recent trip to Milwaukee. We rented a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home and ate our way through the city. Love venturing here from Chicago! There’s always something new to see, and with less density than we’re used it, it’s such a relaxing […]Read more "Eating, Architecture and Adventure in Milwaukee"
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"