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Start of the kid's 50 yard dash during Hoof It for Hephzibah
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12th Annual Hoof It for Hephzibah Returns to Newton Park to Support our Community’s Most Vulnerable Children

April 30, 2012 – Glen Ellyn, Ill. – Registration is underway for the 12th Annual Hoof it For Hephzibah family fun run on Memorial Day, … Read more ›

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The Plate Spinner Chronicles – The Winds of Change

Four years ago, I posted my first column on TribLocal, inviting you to follow my adventures as a working parent. With each submission, I’ve shared … Read more ›

Photo Courtesy of the United Nations Foundation
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Bobblehead Dad: We Can Save 1.7 Million Children

I recently took my teenage son to the pediatrician for an annual check-up. Driving to the doctor’s office, my son asked, “Do I have to … Read more ›

Megan Walsh and Mike Bracki, of Warrenville, take a stroll in downtown Geneva last week. They were among six couples attending a relationship-strengthening class called Couples University recently. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune / April 12, 2012)

Couples University: New workshop helps couples of all types make their relationships stronger

Two couples came together recently with one common goal: to learn what it takes to make love last. Megan Walsh, 35, is a licensed counselor … Read more ›

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Flat Stanley's Adventures

Flat Stanley is here for the summer! Everyone knows Flat Stanley loves a great adventure and that's just what he'll have this summer in Bloomingdale. … Read more ›

Photo by Stuart Miles
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The Price of Prom

Ka-ching! It's prom time! Having now safely navigated two of my three kids through this rite of passage, I can honestly say I'm enjoying a … Read more ›

The Cafe N Play play area and coffee shop
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Cafe N Play, a kid-friendly coffee shop is opening on April 16, 2012 in Naperville

On Monday, April 16, 2012, Cafe N Play ( is scheduled to open its doors on 1767 West Ogden Avenue in Naperville, Illinois. Cafe N … Read more ›

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What Losing a Doctor Costs

When the redbuds and the lilacs bloom, I’m always reminded of being pregnant. Very pregnant. Both my boys were due in early May and both … Read more ›

My James, an honorary citizen of Free Time
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The Plate Spinner Chronicles – A Foreigner to Free Time

As this week dawned, my family calendar was awash in white space. No scout meetings, no team practices, no work hours for my husband or … Read more ›

Photo by Robert Nilson
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Bobblehead Dad: When a Child Dies

(Join me, please, in remembering and honoring the life of this child. He was taken from his family at far too young an age.) A … Read more ›