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The gift of rebirth: A South Side man's journey back from addiction

The good time guy started out like many other teens, drinking on the weekends. Though most teens grow up and find moderation, Brian Brophy found addiction and a deadly path of self destruction. Today, however, his story has a happy ending and an inspiring mission.

Love affair with hair: Two friends get a make-over

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Our hair is the pièce de résistance of our appearance. Let's face it, pretty hair is half the battle when it comes to feeling good. It's so easy to get stuck in a rut. Either we cling to what once worked or have unrealistic expectations …

Former Chicago business woman hopes to make a difference

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It's not unusual to feel unfulfilled at work, but a former hard-charging Chicago business woman did something about it. She quit her job, found her heart, and has been helping impoverished women and children in India. Along the way, she discovered some astonishing fashion that is helping both groups find their way.

What will it take to get fitness results?

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On a Saturday morning back in September, we took the "plunge" and partook in Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers "Wake Up Call Screening," a comprehensive cardiac analysis offered to gauge our risk for heart disease and stroke. Diagnostics entailed a blood …

Tales of obesity and bone loss: Facts, friendship kick-start fitness goals

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Sometimes we need a drastic event to shake us free from the grips of our daily routine. Being a working wife and mom can take its toll. Days rife with tasks and details caring for others can leave women casualties of neglect in their own …

Balloons and the real secret to calming anxiety

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Collectively we are a neurotic, anxiety-ridden mess. But each of us handles it differently and fortunately, we typically don't go off the deep end at the same time. One of us is always advising the other to slow down and take a deep breath. When …

Moms with special children show us how it's done

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All too often we get tied up in little worries about our children. How do moms with disabled children cope? Jennifer and Suzanne talked with two moms whose dreams for their daughters sound familiar, despite their difficult journeys. Two upcoming fundraisers will let you help.

Two moms start their own (Olympic) torch dreams

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We were both little girls when gymnast Nadia Comăneci won three gold medals for Romania during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. We didn't understand the nuances of the sport, nor were we privy to the Cold War politics associated with the former Eastern Bloc. …

What makes 'mom friendships' click? Sharing laughs and tears

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If you are lucky enough to have a female friend, you know what Suzanne and Jennifer are talking about in their blog, "Chirpy Girls." The stresses and joys of motherhood, careers and marriage are much easier to bear when you have a good friend with whom to talk and celebrate.

Help end world hunger this holiday

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If you’re looking for something different to give as a holiday gift this year, you might want to consider a gift that’s more than just stuff. Many individuals and families are looking for alternate giving ideas that help people in need. With one in eight …

Holiday craft fairs call for vendors

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Craft fairs and flea markets are a staple of the holiday season. Not only are they ideal places to find one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on your holiday shopping list, but they also are great opportunities for small business owners to broaden their client base while …

Flaunt your family's story through eclectic modern design

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Tudors Down · the design column · Eclectic modern - a trend growing faster than you can say it - is a style I embrace in my home. This worn, lived-in look gets better with age, knowledge and wisdom, and it pops up in many …

8 small tweaks that create a big impact in your home

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Tudors Down · the design column · On the occasions when you want to update your living spaces, sometimes you can't bring yourself to paint an entire room or buy new furniture. So, what do you do when you want a change but have little …

How to renovate without breaking up

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Tudors Down · the design column · We've all been there: fighting with our partner over nothing. Throw a renovation in the mix, and you'll have a recipe for disaster. Somehow, we are supposed to manage fixing our home while not letting our relationship break …

Irish eyes smiling are enough for fest founder

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For 25 years, the Irish Fest at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest has celebrated all things Celtic, from theatre to animals to Irish dancing - and music, lots and lots of music. Through it all, Frank Bradley has been at the helm of the festival. 

Gaelic Park has seen a wee bit of growth itself in 25 years

For a facility initially designed to be little more than a home base for local Gaelic football and hurling teams, Gaelic Park in Oak Forest has evolved into a cornerstone of Irish culture for the Southland and beyond. Today, a quarter-century after its low-key opening, …

Contemporary Celtic bands, including Gaelic Storm, set to light up Irish Fest

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Reaching a milestone requires celebration. Look for that to be done in grand style in Oak Forest next weekend. The hotlist of contemporary Irish musicians will be in Oak Forest over the Memorial weekend for the 25th Anniversary of Chicago Gaelic Park’s Irish Fest. This …

Ronan Tynan to set ‘tenor’ for Irish Fest

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No showcase of Celtic music would be complete without an Irish tenor crooning the crowd. Raising the bar on entertainment to recognize the 25th Anniversary of Irish Fest, Ronan Tynan, one of the famous Irish Tenors himself, will perform this year at Chicago Gaelic Park …