This is Alissa, and I love her. Alissa started cutting my hair more than 20 years ago. That says a lot, considering the fact that except for my father and me, no one (and I mean NO ONE) cut my hair until I was 27 years old. Seriously. Hence the bowl cut throughout the 1960s. At some point after that, I just let my hair grow, cutting the bangs myself as in this picture from 1973: Or this beaut from my 8th Grade graduation in 1975: In my late 20s, I had my hair cut here and there by a few professionals. No one got it right. TruthRead More →

May. Mayo. Maj. The weather in Chicago is becoming more beautiful each day and that means the Chicago Marathon is getting closer by the minute. I really should be starting some sort of training, but unfortunately, life gets in the way. Busy with work. Busy with the kids. Busy taking care of my mom. BUSY. Like so many women, I wear many different hats. I’m a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a career woman, an entrepreneur…the list goes on and on. I am frequently asked how I am able to do so much. The answer is and always has been: My incredibly supportiveRead More →

As I embark upon the wonderful world of preparing for a marathon (notice I haven’t said anything about actually TRAINING for a marathon), I am perplexed and quite frankly annoyed by the naysayers I am finding along the way. When I first told that certain special someone (henceforth referred to as TCSS) I was considering doing a marathon, rather than a big congratulatory hug, I was met with “A marathon? Uh, shouldn’t you maybe try a half marathon first? Or a 5K?” Now let’s be clear. He was right. Seriously. I have never run, and now a full month after registering for the marathon, IRead More →

I am not a runner. Except of course as a small kid running around the neighborhood, I have never run in my life. In fact, I’ve never participated in any organized sport, let alone any type of a race. So of course when my youngest son suggested he and I sign up for the 2013 Chicago Marathon, I thought, ‘sure, why not?’ Heck, something like a half million people complete a marathon each year! I mean, how hard could it be? Never mind the fact that the first person to complete a marathon died at its completion. “The name Marathon comes from the legend ofRead More →