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Too Busy to Write Your Annual Family Newsletter? Here's a Better Idea.

Alexia Parks | Posted 12.24.2014 | Technology
Alexia Parks

A few years ago, I joined a group of engineers at a hack-fest and afterwards, they invited me to join them for a three day start-up accelerator course...

Tax Tips for Gifting Yourself This Year

Mark Steber | Posted 12.23.2014 | Money
Mark Steber

So give yourself one final gift this year and consider your taxes as you do what you normally do during the end of the year and the holiday season. A bit more attention to the tax rules and possibly tweaking what you do, might give you a bigger refund at tax time.

How to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Any presidential candidate should make the baby bond a central plank of their 2016 if they want to seriously address the problem of wealth inequality. Without such a proposal, wealth, and therefore political power will become increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small elite.

How 'Santa' Changed Two Children With $100

Dan Duffy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

But every now and again, life, or karma, or God, or Santa shows us that as long as we keep our eyes and our hearts open, we may just find ourselves participating in an unfolding miracle. And to me, miracles are transforming events that never truly leave us the same way again.

The Joy in Giving

Christa Dowling | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Christa Dowling

It is the time of year when everyone is wishing for and thinking about gifts; we are inclined to think of things we like to have ourselves. It is a ga...

The 12 Microresolutions of Christmas

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Caroline L. Arnold

We stand on the brink of the holiday season, a time when we generally eat, drink, and spend to excess. By New Year's Day we are so fed up (literally!) that we fervently resolve to change our ways. Why wait for the new year?

Two Great Cookbooks for Hanukkah 2014

Rozanne Gold | Posted 12.01.2014 | Taste
Rozanne Gold

My private cookbook collection can't compare to that of many of my colleagues -- my 500 or so seem paltry next to collections in the thousands. But at this stage of life, I carefully curate the books I want around forever.

Some of Chicago's Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Gifts to Give

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.21.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"This year I am giving the gift of travel. I am taking my family to Thailand with a quick trip tagged on to Hong Kong. Travel is how I learn and I am able to come back to the restaurant feeling inspired.

Are You the Artist...or the Masterpiece?

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 10.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

The metaphysical equation and question: Where does the essence of the artist (the creator) end and the form called the creation begin? This question gives new meaning to the age old adage, "As within, so without."

Two Magic Words - Thank You!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.21.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Thanking works because it expresses one of our most basic emotions: gratitude. Not an abstraction, gratitude is a genuine emotion. It cannot be exacted or forced. You either feel it or you don't.

The Weekly Rune -- Gebo

Kelley Harrell | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Gebo -- gift -- The last time Gebo was The Weekly Rune was 31 December 2012. Has it been that long since we've had a gift? Of course Gebo isn't just...

Thinking of You, Dad

Lynda Freeman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Lynda Freeman

As Father's Day approaches my thoughts turn to my dad. He passed away more than a decade ago at the age of 89. Dad was born in a village in Poland, the son of poor peasants who made their living peddling household goods.

Today's Buddha Doodle: Gift!

Molly Hahn | Posted 04.28.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Valentine's Day Suggestions from 14 of Chicago's Most Creative

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.09.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"Valentine's Day dinners at restaurants are where relationships go to suffer. Too crowded. Too much stress. There are three elements to my Valentine plans."

Breaking Bah Humbug: How Mean Spirited Writer Ruined Christmas For Needy Tot

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 02.25.2014 | Comedy
Linda Howard Urbach

'Money... that's all I wanted for Christmas. Enough money to pay for my exorbitant medical bills so my family wouldn't be saddled with crushing debt after I was gone.

The Gift of Love

James Van Praagh | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
James Van Praagh

I totally understand that people want to make Christmas a special time for children, but when it comes to buying a present for anyone over 18, I've decided to make donations.

The Perfect Present For Any Day Of The Year

Maura Sweeney | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Maura Sweeney

Whether we're doing the forgiving -- or gifting forgiveness to others -- is ultimately hard to tell. But in either case, gifting forgiveness is quite the miracle. It prepares a path for peace, happiness and rest for our souls.

Low on Dough This Holiday Season?

Natalie Pace | Posted 02.18.2014 | Money
Natalie Pace

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are stark reminders that Christmas has become the most wonderful time of the year... for retail. When the main focus of the holiday is on, 'What did you get?' we miss out on the true spirit of the holiday season.

Give Customers Holiday Experiences They Can Share

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Kare Anderson

When you step inside the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco you are swept into a sumptuous holiday scene that includes a towering Christmas t...

Author Kergan Edwards-Stout Shares His Gift for the Holidays

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 12.08.2013 | Books
Gregory G. Allen

I first came to know Kergan, however, as an author. Our debut novels launched at virtually the same moment, leading to our paths intersecting on a great many occasions, and I'm happy to say that we became friends.

Start Holiday Planning Now!

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 12.01.2013 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Who goes where when is a perennial issue for many divorced families. Maybe that was settled long ago in the divorce decree but the kids still need to be told what to expect this year. If there are any feelings of resentment about the schedule, wise parents keep it to themselves.

Buddha Doodles Gratitude Journal

Molly Hahn | Posted 08.10.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn

The Buddha Doodles Gratitude Journal is available to pre-order until June 23rd. All orders ship the first two weeks on July! Click here to order: ht...

Notes From the Creative Underground

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Declaring to myself that I would keep no calendar, unplug from my laptop and all obligations, I set forth to discover what the morning would bring and follow the call of my heart.

The Anonymous Gift

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 07.13.2013 | Women
Ruth Neubauer

Later in life, we hope that these anonymous gifts will settle in the hearts of our children so they will make their contributions to the world and remember us on Mother's Day and beyond.

The Evangelist of Hash and His Dining Escapades (video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.01.2013 | Taste
Rebecca Gerendasy

Clark Haass is bent on world domination, but not in the evil-overlord, bwa-ha-ha sense. He wants to bring the world to the table over a heaping plate ...