Advance Planning for Care – and Peace of Mind

You’re about to take the trip of a lifetime, and you’ve got an extensive list of sights to see and experiences to pursue while you’re there. You’ve purchased your tickets, packed comfortable clothes and shoes, and sent a copy of your itinerary to loved ones. You know that thoughtful planning is key to enjoying what […]

Cultivate Joy in the garden

In the beloved classic children’s novel “The Secret Garden,” a recently orphaned young girl and her cousin – who was thought to be unable to walk – heal emotionally and physically as they work together to cultivate a previously locked and neglected garden on the old English estate they call home. While the 110-year-old story […]

The Real Estate Market is Hot!

Feeling hot, hot, hot: it’s a catchy dance tune often played at weddings as friends and relatives shimmy across the floor in a lively conga line, but it’s also an incredibly apt descriptor for the current housing market.  Extremely low interest rates, coupled with a historically low supply. has led to steep increases in demand […]

Celebrating our Glorious Earth

Not only does the advent of springtime in Chicago – with its beautiful bird songs, sprouting daffodils and tulips, budding trees and warm breezes – signify that winter is behind us, it also offers the perfect opportunity to contemplate all of the gifts that the Earth provides, and to take action on Earth Day to […]

Seize The Day – And Turn It Into A Celebration!

 Featured articles April 02, 2021  The word “celebration” conjures up images of fun, festive occasions with friends and family featuring delicious food, upbeat music, and plenty of joy and laughter. While the past year may have curtailed big parties and gatherings, every day still offers a reason to celebrate the joys of life, with hundreds of opportunities ranging […]

The Great Resurgence of Snail Mail!

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 Caregivers & Families  Senior Lifestyle March 15, 2021  In this age of emails, text messages and social media, there is something uniquely appealing about opening the mailbox to find a letter or card from a loved one – so it’s no wonder more and more people have turned to “snail mail” to connect with one another during the pandemic. […]

Employee Appreciation

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The past 12 months have cultivated a new appreciation for the crucial role that healthcare staff and other essential employees play in our society, and National Employee Appreciation Day – which this year falls on Friday, March 5 – is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge and thank them for everything they do. According to the U.S. Census […]

Going From Bored to Board Games

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Many Americans have turned to board games to stay engaged and keep busy during the pandemic, and chess in particular has seen a massive surge in popularity recently thanks to a wildly popular streaming series. With its quick setup, relatively simple beginner rules, wide availability of online tutorials and variety of apps for virtual play, […]

Cooking Shows Providing Food For Thought

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From the cozy, folksy appeal of Ree Drummond sharing her favorite down-home recipes on “The Pioneer Woman” to the intense, edge-of-your-seat excitement of competitions like “The Great British Baking Show,” “Chopped” and “Food Network Star,” cooking shows offer the perfect blend of ingredients to capture our attention and our hearts – so their immense popularity […]

So Long, Farewell, It’s Time to Say “Adieu” to 2020

It was one for the books. At first glance, not the feel-good, bestseller books that you want to read and savor over and over again. But for sure, the notable, shocking, unexpected, can’t-wait-to-get-to-the-end-of-this-one books! We’re talking about 2020. It will go down in history as one of the most difficult and challenging years ever. For […]