Local Economies Should Make the Short List

A consultant listed four of the most pressing issues in our community:  education, housing, food security and transportation. Because people do not have equitable access to these four intrinsic needs, he said, people’s access to livelihood, opportunity and quality of life are threatened. Yet missing from this list of top things we were to care…

Are You Strong Enough?

To those of you who read follow me weekly, here’s the latest update following last week:  my sister’s husband is recovering from his medical emergency and on route from Iowa to his home in New Jersey. For those just glancing at this today, let me give you the short version.  My brother-in-law had a medical…

Renewing Our Point of View

My favorite part of reality tv show “Project Runway” is Tim Gunn’s exhortations to budding designers that they find their “point of view.” One fashion designer might believe the world needs more beauty. Another’s perspective could be there should be no gender differences.  Designers refine and communicate their individual points of view throughout the series…

Developing a Bigger Pie

“That caye is a private island.  Norwegian Cruise Lines purchased it to create their own exclusive port for their cruise ship passengers,” our tour guide said with contempt. It seems Belize wrestles with many of the same development debates I was hoping to escape for a few days as my family vacationed in this beautiful…

Your Passion Defines Your Path

My son graduated from culinary school this weekend in a lovely ceremony celebrating the hard work, internships and learning required to earn the title “Chef.”  We are very proud and excited to follow his future career choices in this wide-open, in-demand field. With opportunities that range from restaurant to corporate to small business to health…

B2C-2B: Events Serve Consumers and Businesses Alike

Our Fourth Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair is this weekend.  We are looking forward to a fabulous event for residents – but we are even more excited about what we created for the business community. On Sunday, April 29 from 11am – 3pm at the West Cook YMCA in Oak Park, the public is…