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Polar plunge: an exercise in awesome and wtfs

I did my first polar plunge today. It was a good year to start; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel challenged newly-minted late night Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to join him in the water, and Fallon accepted. So, what was a two thousand person event to raise money for Special Olypmics became a three thousand person [...]

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Get drunk and jump in the lake

On RedEye Remix on WGN Radio, we talked to Chicago’s newly-crowned Best Bartender, Carlos Matias III of Dusek’s/Punch House, and to Jen Kramer, president of Special Olympics Chicago. And, I gladly let myself get talked into joining Jen and 3,000 other people the following morning to jump in the lake on a 19-degree day for [...]

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Senbazuru: check! One thousand origami cranes all up in here.

Today, I finished folding one thousand origami cranes, which means I’ve finished a full senbazuru. (Which also means I’ve cross item #5 off my “life list.”) According to legend, this means I’m granted a wish, or, depending on who you ask, I’ve just set myself up for “eternal good luck,” which, you know, is cool [...]

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Breaking bad? Breaking good!

Number 174 on my life list? Break a board with my bare hand. DONE. Check out the video on Instagram. Full list of my #1Year1000Things project.

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Social media, Amtrak for writers, BBQ for all

What happens to your social media accounts when you die? Where can a sister go to get some quiet writing time? Or a decent brisket? On RedEye Remix, I talked over options, pop culture highlights, Amtrak’s new writing program, BBQ, and all sorts of good stuff. Podcast: Social media from beyond, pop culture, Amtrak for [...]

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Free hugs (and bourbon?)

Free hugs are a thing. On RedEye Remix on WGN Radio, author and “professional free hugger” David Melia joined me in-studio to talk about his book, his adventures and his quest for truth, love and joy in this life. It’s all kind of silly and surprising, but in a wonderful way. And, funny how easy [...]

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Taxis, techies and firsts

Last night on RedEye Remix, I talked with reporter Leonor Vivanco about the battle raging between rideshare app and taxi companies in Chicago, and how we can learn a lot from how California has already worked to smooth out this issue, and then I talked about the new-ish trend of period parties. Yep, it’s a [...]

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On bad dates, the word “turd” and Robo-Guth

Last night on RedEye Remix, we turned into robots. Ok, no. But, in preparation for Superbowl Sunday, there was some work being done to a few of the studio consoles during the show and suddenly a strange buzzing noise started and grew louder and louder. Then, the ends of my sentences were suddenly being clipped [...]

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