Monday, December 3, 2018

Being awarded...I guess I like it

I am not really big on awards...or so I thought.

I was absolutely giddy with excitement when I was awarded the "Girl on Fire" honor last night.  I used my acceptance speech to talk about the importance of being brave, curious and kind.

After I got my honor, I walked around the ballroom seeking -- and getting -- congratulations and best wishes from the audiences.  And I happily took pictures with any and everybody -- including some selfies.

So, today I'm basking in the afterglow.  So, I guess I enjoy getting awards after all.

And, based on my resume, I deserve it.

Monday, November 12, 2018


I'm still basking in the joy of being in China for 10 days.  Climbing the Great Wall of China will forever be etched in my consciousness as history-making and life altering.  Navigating and negotiating those uneven and steep steps was a physical test but exhilarating to know that I made it to the third tier...or 3/4 of a mile.  So, that meant I managed to scale 1 1/2 miles of this wonder.

Of course, visiting the largest Buddha in the world was dynamic.

We went to Forbidden City, Summer Palace and so many wondrous sites, that we were ripping and running daily.

I met some wonderful women, including two sistas, on the same tour but not on the same bus.  We vowed to get together again....Ditto for two native American women from Albuquerque who I vowed to visit.

It was tiring but rewarding.  The worst part being the ride home and the incessant security checks.  When I got to O'Hare and thought I was almost home free, the security summoned me into still another security checkpoint and I almost went crazy.

All in all, it was a trip of a lifetime.  Bears repeating.

It was a trip of a lifetime.

Monday, October 1, 2018

A place to Chill

When Dominick's was open, there was a quiet place there where I could relax, read...and chill.
I'd spend Sunday morning reading for hours without home interruptions or other distractions.

So, I was unhappy when Dominick's went out of business as I didn't have that quiet place to retreat to on Sundays.

Until yesterday.

I went to Mariano's on 110th and Cicero and walked into an oasis of wonderment. There is a quiet place where I can read and, which is adjacent to a coffee bar.  It is nestled away from the bigger grocery vortex so the busy feel is oblivious to those in this quiet island.

So, I was delighted yesterday to find my new retreat.  And, after spending hours undisturbed, I did some genuine shopping and was delighted by the European feel of this shopping emporium.

So, I've found my quiet place and hope it will be a lasting find that will not be subject to the whims of the market fluctuations.

Monday, September 24, 2018

PHEW! Success!

I had my annual end-of-summer dinner party yesterday.  I didn't know who would come because folks don't RSVP anymore.

But, they came in.  They ate.  They had engaging conversations.

Among those attending were those in the media, entertainment, business and, of course, good friends.

The food was DE BEST -- thanks for Chef Nicole. It was plentiful and DE-LI-CIOUS


The weather was perfect - SUNNY, not a cloud overhead.

And, midway through the dinner, I looked at the sea of invitees and knew it was a job well done.

Well, it can be pricey, and I bite my nails leading up to the event.

But, the success of it all has me feeling pretty happy and satisfied on this post-event day.

Despite my complaining and moaning pre-event, I know I'll do it again.

Next year.

Monday, September 10, 2018

It's about growth!

I'm going to China in October and I'm SOOOOO excited!

In preparation for the trip, I'm learning how to speak Chinese.

The language is complicated but I'm slowly getting the major phrases down.

The agency handling the trip says it's not necessary to learn the language since the guide speaks English and can assist if there are rare situations where I have to speak the language.

But, I'm learning it anyway.

There are several reasons why:

Natives respect you for trying to master  their language.

You get to speak to the Chinese in their language.

And the most important:

I get a sense of accomplishment and uplift when learning something new.

It's about growth!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Blame it on Serena

Labor Day is a big holiday weekend in Chicago.

There are BBQs, Fests, concerts, parties...places to go and people to see.

But, as a lifelong Tennis FAN-A-TIC, I watch the US Open.

I love watching Serena in her comeback.

I love watching Sloane as she defends her title.

I love Nadal, Federer, Del Potro, Isner, Thiem

I love the doubles and mixed doubles.

I love seeing the up-and-coming players make their mark.

I love seeing the veterans maintaining their dominance.

I love Love LOVE tennis.

Yea, yeah.  I know I could tape it.  But, I've got to see it in REAL TIME!  And, my DVR might not work.

I can't take that chance.

So, folks if I don't get to eat ribs at the BBQs, or visit the African Festival of the Arts, or sit on the lawn and listen to the Jazz Fest...


Blame it on Serena.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Black Harvest Film Festival

A few years ago, the Black Harvest Film Festival promoted the series by hosting screenings at local libraries.  I attended many of the screenings and gained an appreciation for their mission:  giving exposure to local African-American filmmakers.


I enjoyed the movies and, in some cases, the filmmaker was there to field questions and to talk more about his journey.  Plus, we were served refreshments.

As an added incentive, we received complimentary tickets to the REAL showings.

I went and enjoyed the Festival immensely.

Since then, I've gone because the promotional effort made me a believer and a lover of the Festival.

You see the trendy folks there who, also, appreciate the mission and the cinematic message.

It's a win/win and part of my annual must-attends.