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  • Violent world demands gentler parents

    Violent world demands gentler parents
    Gentler. That's what I'm vowing to be in the wake of so much tragedy. I feel — like many of you, I'm sure — wrung out by the bloodshed in the Middle East and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the shootings in Chicago and the way-too-early...
  • Get Out: Things to do on Sunday

    Get Out: Things to do on Sunday
    Viva vegetarian Enjoy a fun twist on healthful living at Veggie Fest. Learn to make your own vegetarian fare by watching demonstrations and sampling a variety of international cuisines. Inspirational speakers, music, over 100 vendors and children's...
  • Teaching kids to be grateful for school? Good luck.

    Teaching kids to be grateful for school? Good luck.
    I had an epiphany while reading Dr. Seuss to my son the other day. We were enjoying "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?," a 1973 gem about an old man in the Desert of Drize who counsels a young listener to count his blessings. When you think...
  • Crowning your 7-year-old a real princess? Terrible parenting.

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that every little girl dreams of being a princess. And, for 7-year-old Emily Heaton, that royal wish just came true. Her attentive/overly indulgent father marched off to a remote part of Africa, stamped a makeshift...
  • Jeanne Nolan, organic gardener

    Jeanne Nolan, organic gardener
    Jeanne Nolan still remembers when the light bulb went on. She was a Winnetka teenager trying to find her purpose and "really into the environment," Nolan says, "when nobody was talking about being 'green.' But I thought, 'Doesn't anyone on the North Shore...
  • Sharing victories is key to a winning marriage

     Sharing victories is key to a winning marriage
    How's this for sobering? "The majority of marriages fail, either ending in divorce and separation or devolving into bitterness and dysfunction," writes The Atlantic's Emily Esfahani Smith in a recent essay. "Of all the people who get married, only 3...
  • Sky's the limit at Botanic Garden's kite festival

    Sky's the limit at Botanic Garden's kite festival
    Soaring kites will dance in the summer sky at this year's Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday and Aug. 10. Visitors can watch expert teams fly their kites in precision-choreographed routines set to music. "It's sort of like the...
  • Expert shares craft, and metaphor, of bonsai

    Expert shares craft, and metaphor, of bonsai
    At first glance, Shigeo Ito's potted bonsai trees appear to be simply miniatures of those found in nature. But there is more than meets the eye. "The bonsai trees are living works of art," says Ito, 88, a specialist in this ancient technique of training...
  • Get Out: A few ways to make Sunday the best day of your week

    Get Out: A few ways to make Sunday the best day of your week
    Culture with a view Art meets music at the Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival. In its 41st year, the festival features more than 100 artists, along with a variety of live music that ranges from jazz to indie pop. Food vendors and a children's craft tent...
  • Emulating, and passing along, parent's legacy of happiness

    Emulating, and passing along, parent's legacy of happiness
    I was sharing lunch with a friend recently when the conversation turned to happiness, specifically our parents'. She recalled the first time she saw her dad truly happy — well into her adulthood, after he'd moved a continent away and built a...
  • Options abound for pursuing psychology programs

    Options abound for pursuing psychology programs
    Nancy Tartt has always had a passion for psychology and has devoted her career to social services. She headed to Adler School of Professional Psychology to pursue a master's degree in marriage and family counseling and discovered a new interest in the...