Against The Spread,
Nfl Week 16,
Can the resurgent Miami Dolphins edge out the reigning Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens? Can the Cincinnati Bengals hang on to a season that should have seen them as undisputed divisional champions?
This is it, guys. The last weekend before Christmas. Malls are open until midnight. There's an abnormal surplus of "safe" last-minute gifts (read: robes, commemorative ornaments and off-brand bath sets) in the front of every store.
And everyone you encounter is pretty much a jerk.
Homeless LGBT Youth,
LGBT Family Rejection,
LGBTQ Family Rejection,
LGBTQ Youth Homelessness,
Gay Family Rejection,
Gay Teen Homelessness,
Gay Youth Homelessness,
Homeless LGBTQ Youth,
Lgbt Youth Homelessness,
Gay Voices News
I have been talking with homeless kids from all over the country, asking them to help us understand what it means to be left on the streets, asking them to give witness to what they endure. I ask you to look into their traumatized eyes and listen with me to their heartbreaking testimonies.
This week, we will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. Does that mean we discovered the "secret"? Hardly. Have we learned something? Definitely! And thank goodness for that.
Just because you're staying in a hotel doesn't mean you'll miss out on holiday cheer; in fact, these amazing holiday hotels around the globe go above and beyond to spread the holiday spirit. Think: welcome mugs of hot chocolate, elaborate Christmas decorations, visits from Santa, carol singing...
Santa is kind of scary, especially when compared to Jesus. Santa is judgmental. Santa gives bribes for being good, and if you're not good, Santa doesn't forgive. He just puts coal in your stocking and moves on. Jesus will forgive you. That's the whole Gospel right there.
Board Of Directors,
The Chicago Network,
Women On Boards,
If women continue to support other women, we won't have to wait until 2084 to see gender equality in the boardroom and in the C-suite. Let's challenge ourselves and others to make major strides in 2014.
If Twitter followers were votes and the election was today, one candidate would be celebrating a landslide victory.
We've all been there. Judging others. Impatient. Filled with road rage. Our needs are more important. We are the center of the universe, after all. We forget that, perhaps, there are legitimate reasons for the delay: back pain, a broken leg, a baby in the backseat.
The Wisdom Of Thieves,
Art Of Misdirection,
Ted Weekends Video,
TED Weekends News
What can a pickpocket teach us about the art of getting people's attention? A lot - if you can keep up with him. Watch expert thief Apollo Robbins in action and see if you can figure out how he does it.
Parenting An Adopted Child,
A few weeks ago, my teenage daughter was going through some old boxes stored in the garage and came upon a journal I wrote in 1989. The part my daughter focused on was the last page. It wasn't so much a bucket list as a promise to myself to get over some fears, stop making excuses, and prioritize not just my time but my values. Here are five things from that list that I did after I turned 50.
The electronic dance music (EDM) scene in Chicago is undoubtedly seeing an explosive growth. The music festivals have become more extravagant and nightlife venues are booking some of the best talents out there. 2013 was a monumental year for Chicago.
Summer's street fests and boat tours may be packed away for the season, but winter visitors are awarded with fewer crowds.
Fremd High School,
Lew Hubbard Death,
Lew Hubbard Painting,
Student Paints Teacher,
Lew Hubbard taught art at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois. He was undoubtedly influential to all of his students, but one in particular -- Maddy Lopez -- was inspired to create great art through his guidance.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium,
New Year's Eve,
New Year's Eve 2014,
New Year's Eve Concerts,
Sea Of Dreams,
Music fans all over the country will be toasting to 2014 with some live music this year -- and whether you're looking to rave or prefer something a little mellower, there are plenty of great shows to choose from.
We've pulled the Top 10 highest paid college presidents in Illinois for today's Top 10 list.
The sexual exploitation and abuse of children continues to link the generations, well beyond the edge of official awareness. Children grow up in their own personal hell. Their rage stays at perpetual simmer. They're not listened to until they commit a crime. Violence flourishes.
Los Angeles has been experiencing an uncharacteristic cold snap. The temperature in my canyon has dropped precipitously into the 30s at night. (It actually happens every year and every year we insist on calling the idea of cold temperatures in the winter 'uncharacteristic.' It's an L.A. thing.)
Bishop Thomas Paprocki,
Thomas Paprocki Exorcism,
Thomas Paprocki Gay Marriage,
Thomas Paprocki Gay Marriage Exorcism,
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has recently been in the news for staging a public exorcism on the day Gov. Pat Quinn signed marriage equality into law in Illinois. Bishop Paprocki's actions raise a few questions: What is the state of his diocese? If it is in decline, then why?
I've been thinking about grace a lot lately. I think you're supposed to think about grace during the holidays. I'm thinking about it because I've had a really rough last two and a half months and grace feels like the hardest thing in the world to find right now.