Holy Cow! The Cubs Have One Amazing Story

10/27/16   As a lifelong Chicagoan, I may be biased, but it seems the entire world is watching the Chicago Cubs battle the Cleveland Indians in this year’s World Series. By now I’m sure you’re well-versed in the tales of serial misfortune, exasperating curses, odd coincidences and renowned folklore that seem to plague the Cubs, which…

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The Trolls Are Coming!

10/20/16   Whether you are a baby boomer and remember the first troll doll craze of the 60’s, or a child of the 80’s and remember it the second time around in the 90’s, if you have children or grandchildren, troll craze number three is about to take con-troll!       “It is the…

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Let’s Hear It For The Girls (er, women)!

10/14/16   Several interesting stories have caught my eye recently, and they all center around a common theme: women. There has been a great emphasis on women’s issues as of late, including a rousing speech at the 2015 Oscars about equal pay for women in Hollywood, many trending topics and hashtags developed to inspire and…

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Falling for Autumn

October 6, 2016   For many, the feeling of fall in the air brings a warm wistfulness that simply can not be rivaled during any other season. Sure, we anticipate the first blooms of spring after a long, dreary winter, and those carefree days of summer are a blast, but there are just so many…

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Shakespeare’s Danish Link

April 29, 2016   This past Saturday marked the 452nd birthday of William Shakespeare. Coincidentally, it also marked the 400th anniversary of his death. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, many around the world have recently paid homage to his great literary works. One such notable tribute came from none other…

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A Fairy Tale (eventyr) Birthday

March 31, 2016   This Saturday marks the 211th birthday of celebrated Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).  Widely considered the most famous Dane, his accomplishments in children’s literature have left a lasting legacy that still reverberates immensely today.   Whether you are conscious of it or not, H.C. Andersen’s short stories and eventyr (fairytales). have inspired much…

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Gaekkebrev and Chokoladeæg and Påskefrokost, Oh My!

March 23, 2016   If you are anything like me, the anticipation for warmer weather has become agonizing!  Having a mild winter was wonderful, but now I have to keep reminding myself that spring just started 3 days ago. Despite the signs all around, from the vintergækker (snowdrop) and påskelilje (daffodils) blooming and birds (and snowbirds…

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Women’s History Month

March 9, 2016   Yesterday was the 115th celebration of International Women’s Day, described on www.internationalwomensday.org as a ‘global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women [and] marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.’ Additionally, the month of March is Women’s History month in the US, originally organized in…

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Nordic Brunch Recipes

March 2, 2016   In the past few weeks, I have been inspired to delve even deeper into the exploration of authentic Scandinavian recipes and tradition.  Not that it should come as a surprise that I would welcome such a task. My obsession with Nordic culture (albeit a healthy one) is pretty apparent, and warranted,…

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