How a long ago interview with the creator of Beanie Babies landed me on HBO Max
I’m not much of a singer. I can carry a tune OK, but since I never learned to read music, hitting specific notes is a hit or miss proposition. So on the rare times I sing out loud, it’s mostly softly to myself, when no one else is around.
North Aurora girl’s outreach to those in need turns into an ongoing ministry
The need and desire to travel vs the continued concern for safety
I’ve become somewhat of an avid biker the past few years. I’m not a purist with the padded shorts and fancy bike. Though I ride about an hour or so almost every day, I’m very much a recreational biker — I’m not passionate about riding but it serves several positive purposes at this point in …
In pursuit of conversations that transcend the mundane
Digitizing and organizing photos is the key to safeguarding a lifetime of memories
One of the things I have become accustomed to as a small business owner is the need to wear many hats. Part of it is by choice and enjoyable — it can be fun learning new things and being involved in all facets of a business.
Sorry to disappoint, but I’m back. As regular readers may recall, last issue my daughter Shelby — who is also an assistant editor here at the magazine — gifted me with a one-issue hiatus from writing this column.
What’s important is that people remember who and what matters
An exercise in collaboration results in a creative community plaza in Naperville
In times of need, the support of family and friends can be truly uplifting
New Naperville restaurant concept to put robots to work in the kitchen
It was chaotic. What do you do as a magazine publisher when — just days before the next issue is scheduled to go to the printer — more than half of the content suddenly becomes no longer accurate or irrelevant or both?
If I mentioned that I watched six hours of episodes in a Netflix series on a recent Tuesday night when I had a work meeting at 8 the next morning, would that seem to you like a lot of time spent binge-watching TV?
Corine Gilbert remembers childhood field trips to Brookfield and Lincoln Park zoos and the Shedd Aquarium as outings that sparked her early interest in working with animals.
Time flies when you’re having fun. That old adage has proven at least mostly true. The 25 years since we started this magazine have indeed seemingly flown by and I have been both blessed and fortunate along the way.
A pandemic is, of course, an overwhelmingly negative experience, but thankfully some search for light in this darkness.
Approaching the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the end of the world as we knew it, COVID-19 has eliminated much of our daily routines. Because of that, I am facing stimulation starvation.
Gratitude. Admittedly, it was not the first word to come to mind when reflecting on the unique challenges of the past year. That would have likely been frustration, because like everyone else, I’m a bit pandemic-ed out and anxious for a return to some sense of normalcy. Not sure when that’s …
The man who designs Morton Arboretum’s Illumination views the popular yearly tradition as his chance to paint with light.
It feels as if everything has changed about the upcoming holidays. Except what is required of me. For my family, this year we will no longer be extended, but reduced. Out of caution and COVID protocols, my brothers and sisters, spouses, children, grandchildren, cousins and more will not be s…
Local environmental group offers a beneficial alternative to throwing pumpkins away
Seven strategies to help remedy COVID-related mental fatigue
A Naperville high school is making a childhood pleasure an integral part of its PE curriculum
When it comes to paying the tab for a group outing, what's a few bucks here or there?
I really enjoy going through our reader surveys and compiling our Best of the West results each year. It’s always interesting to get our readers’ perspectives on their favorite things about living in the western suburbs. I have been doing it for so many years now that I have a pretty good id…
I’ve never been a big fan of running just to run. I’m OK running when there is a ball to catch or a basket to be made or when it is part of virtually any sporting activity. Because then there is a reason to run beyond running itself — it is a means to an end.
Since we all goof up now and then, why is acknowledging our mistakes so difficult?
Naperville librarian helps choose the Newbery-winning best children's book of the year
Naperville father-son team starts with trading toys and ends up teaching life lessons
Dealing with the cold is a challenge of mind over matter, simply don't dwell on it
I’m a big supporter of area restaurants embracing the concept of BYOB, or Bring Your Own Bottle (see our feature on page 44). It’s not that I have any vested interest.
I have never bought anything online. Actually, that’s not completely true, I’ve purchased airline tickets and made hotel reservations and such. So what I guess I really mean, is that I have never bought any thing online — nothing tangible like clothing or any of the myriad of other stuff th…
For this group of west suburbanites, LEGO are building blocks of creativity
W here were you 50 years ago? OK, I’ll help you with the math, because if your were alive back then, like me, you can probably use the help. The year was 1969. I was in grade school at the time. And since it is October, I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say I was still in mourning. After being in…
When it comes to TV and movies, a plea for more uplifting content
Naperville college student wins Six Flags Halloween challenge lying down
I have never been terribly artistically inclined. Case in point, when I was in about third grade I took my first piano lesson, after which my teacher told me to quit. OK, not in so many words, but apparently I was looking out the window throughout the lesson. So when my mom came to pick me u…
College of DuPage's hands-on HVACR program is filling a critical industry niche
In our ever more contentious society, a small step toward greater civility
I have some great memories of participating in picnics over the years, though few have been of the classic bring a basket of food and throw your blanket on the grass variety. Many have been more like informal cookouts, including one with a group of friends on the rocky shores of Michigan’s…
The ultimate accessory for self expression, and for me, paying tribute to my dad
Longtime volunteer beekeeper ponders the nature — and the future — of bees
Sitting on my sofa at home, I blurt out random words at the TV. Corkscrew. Jupiter. Ottawa. "How do those people not know those answers?" I think to myself, convinced of how much better I would be doing if I were in their place.
Those occasions when just being there can be a truly meaningful gesture
A comic book store owner's unusual challenge leads to out-of-the-box thinking
Overstepping the line between a personal favor and a professional request
Fermilab worker helps preserve a piece of the western suburbs' indigenous past
I’m going to really miss the Cascade Drive-In. And that admittedly might seem a bit strange, considering I had never actually been to a movie at the longtime outdoor movie theater off North Avenue in West Chicago. I had, however, truly and earnestly intended to go each and every summer for m…