Rekindle Your Fire: A 20-Minute Meditation

We all need extra light during this day-shortened time of year. And lighting candles—for religious ceremonies, holiday parties or just cozy-atmosphere-setting—can actually be a refreshing, mind-awakening exercise, according to Corinne Peterson, a certified yoga therapist at the Heartwood Center for Body Mind Spirit in Evanston. And this little trick from Peterson will take you from […]

Second City Turns 50

You wouldn’t think that something as irreverent and flip as Second City could possibly be hitting the creaky age of 50, but in December, they will hit the big 5-0 and plan to celebrate with a festival of funny.     The main show, featuring acclaimed alumni like Harold Ramis and Martin Short (to learn […]

Tricep Dips

Focusing on fitness, the Move of the Month seeks to help you get more oompf in less time. This move focuses on getting those arms in shape for the “Holiday-I’m-going-sleeveless-tonight!” season. A little dip’ll do ya Move: Tricep dips (a.k.a. reverse push-ups) Muscles worked: Triceps (which are responsible for a shapely, toned-looking arm) Equipment: None […]

Thanksgiving Cookbooks

Need some fresh culinary inspiration this Thanksgiving?   This booklist from The Book Stall at Chestnut Court will make finding the perfect recipes, well, gravy. 1. “Katie Brown Celebrates” by Katie Brown ($30.00) Thanksgiving Dinner is on pp. 159-173. 2. “The Silver Palate Good Times” by Lukens and Rosso. ($15.95) America Gives Thanks –  pp. […]

Gardasil: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

I know, another drug causing a commotion.  Here we are with Gardasil, a vaccine for 4 types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, minimally studied and introduced to the public in June 2006 and still forward in the news as reports of serious side effects are continually reported.   As an individual at […]

Destination Celebrations for Your Parent’s Milestone Birthday

Going somewhere that no one in the family has ever been before is a surefire way to make a parent’s 60th, 70th, 80th—or whatever milestone birthday—unforgettable. Leslie Wilde, of Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc., in Winnetka, says that you should start planning your trip by talking in detail about everyone’s expectations. This is especially true if […]

Frequently Asked Questions about COPD

In the early stages of COPD, there may be no noticeable symptoms, but COPD worsens over time. What are the signs and symptoms of COPD? Shortness of breath Chronic cough with or without mucus Wheezing and chest tightness If you think you may have COPD, see your health care provider so a diagnosis can be […]