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Too soon

My hometown lost two of its own this week…

Two girls that I grew up with.

I say ‘girls’ because that is how I remember them — sunny, spirited teens…not as the moms, wives  and emotional centers of the families who mourn them

My hometown mourns them as well. When a community of less than 500 loses two  — especially two so very young — everyone feels the effect.

Of course, at times of loss, my hometown immediately rallies with signs, both large and small, of love and support. My family has been the beneficiary on more occasions than I care to count, and we are forever grateful.

And my hometown will rally again for our two girls, gone too soon, but never forgotten.

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Just one

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And so this is Christmas

If you’ve seen a trailer for Manchester by the Sea or read any reviews, you may be hesitant to see it.

Now. During the holidays.  A time of good cheer.

Because this not a feel-good classic or a comedy about a drunken holiday party gone awry. It’s a family tragedy and how one family struggles to survive.

But I would argue that this is the perfect time to see it. 

Not only will you appreciate a nuanced, Oscar-worthy performance by Casey Affleck and his supporting cast, but you will walk away feeling lucky…grateful for each day and every friend and family member in your life. Because they are a gift. 

And this movie, while tragic, is a beautiful reminder of that.

Horn of plenty

Like so many of you, I was in an airport on Thanksgiving eve. And since it was raining in both my departure and arrival cities, I ended up sitting on the tarmac…

DELAYED.

Luckily, it was only a little over an hour. And I had the forethought to bring snacks. THE snack of the Thanksgiving holiday — Bugles corn chips.

Sure, we’ve all put them on our fingers at one time or another to look witchy, but on Turkey Day, they are the perfect little cornucopia of salty goodness.

I expect someone to make these for me.

By my side

I’ve been in Chicago almost two months now. I know my way around the neighborhood a bit better. My apartment looks like a home.

Feels like one, too.

As I’ve wandered around the city, seeing the sights and figuring out the subway system — I mean ‘L’ — I have documented it on social media.

People can diss Facebook and Instagram all they want, but when you move to a new city on your own, being able to share it with friends online gives you a wonderful sense of community.

With time, I will get that right here in the South Loop, but for now, I am especially grateful to my virtual one. 

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

The struggle is real

pronunciationFor the first time today, I realized that people can place pronunciation guides in their Facebook homepage profile.

For example, I could phonetically spell out “Curtsinger” so people don’t pronounce it “Crutsinjer,” which is very popular among customer service representatives and hotel registration desk employees.

But it’s my opinion that anyone who isn’t sure how to pronounce my last name probably shouldn’t be on my Facebook list.

On Twitter or Instagram? Sure. I follow people who I don’t know and whose name I would probably butcher if I met them on the street. We simply share common interests.

But Facebook?  These are my peeps. No pronunciation guide for you.

The fine print

On my Delta flight back to NYC from Toronto today,  I was flipping through Sky magazine,  and an article on the Mississippi Delta caught my eye.

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Where to go.  What to do. All the summer festivals,  food and drink.

As I skimmed the recommendations,  one bolded phrase caught my eye:

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Pull up a chair and have a helping of barbecue at Kentucky’s Fancy Farm Picnic – –  the world’s largest picnic – –  held in August.

Look at that,  friends and family!  We’ve got another publication to add to the list!

I almost grabbed the PA from the flight attendant to get everyone to read page 83…but decided to let them discover it for themselves.

It’s more fun that way.