Monday, November 22, 2010
Before the 2 a.m. feedings, diaper changes, teething, potty training, skinned knees, birthday parties, first days of school and everything in between, spend time to find yourself and do what you have always wanted to do.
As I sit to write this column, I'm listening to Change by the Lightning Seeds and I'm instantly reminded of the trips I took to the south of France during the mid-1990s. "…You're never going to be like all those fools You're coming out tonight There's nothing to lose You're going to give it all a try Don't ever change…" This song was always on my playlist during the plane ride to Paris and the train trip through the countryside, and the lyrics were my mantra at the time. I was in my early 30s and carefree. I became nearly fluent in French. I toured the small villages and towns of Provence and soaked in the ethereal light that has long attracted so many painters and photographers to the region. I stayed with friends, shopped specialty …
Monday, October 18, 2010
The magazine apologized for and swiftly corrected an inadvertent omission of Avoca District 37. New to the survey this year is an efficiency rating.
North Shore school districts topped the Cook County list in Chicago Magazine's Best Elementary Schools survey this year. Nine area schools, two in Glenview, took positions in the top 10 while several others claimed slots in the top 20, out of 500 in the county. Chicago Magazine publishes the Best Elementary Schools list, which examines schools in the City of Chicago and its collar counties every few years. The last ranking was published in 2006. To determine rankings, magazine staff review and analyze three key criteria: Illinois Standards Achievement Test scores (ISATs), student/teacher ratios, and instructional spending per student. When the story was first published in Chicago Magazine's October issue, the two schools in Avoca District …
Monday, October 4, 2010
Katy talks to Nell Minow about her roots in Glencoe, her love of movies and her approach to her movie reviews.
You might know Nell Minow as the "Movie Mom" from her call-in segments on WGN 720's Nick Digilio's radio show. More than just a movie maven, she is the eldest daughter of Newton Minow, FCC Chairman under John F. Kennedy, and has had an accomplished legal career in her own right. She is Editor and Co-founder of the Corporate Library in addition to keeping a movie review blog, which she started as a personal web page in 1995 before the word "blog" had even entered the lexicon. A North Shore native, she lives in Washington, D.C. with husband and high school sweetheart David Apatoff. Nell has fond memories of growing up in the area, from the Vernon Avenue playground that her parents and neighbors petitioned the Village to build in the 1950s, …
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Local mom and author Diane Falanga talks about her first book, "P.S. I Hate It Here! Kids' Letters from Camp"
Diane Falanga's first book, "P.S. I Hate It Here! Kids' Letters From Camp," is more than just a collection of letters. It weaves a tapestry of shared experiences: the initial homesick hours and days at a sleepaway camp. It's about kids putting pen to paper and reaching out to Mom and Dad in a raw moment. It's about parents saving precious and often humorous mementos of their kids' early years. "Why do we save camp letters?" Falanga asks. "Because we know at the time they're precious but also because they're often the only handwritten communication we have from our children, especially in this day and age of instant messaging, email and tweeting." Falanga's daughter, Bianca, was the original source of inspiration for the book after her own …
Monday, September 27, 2010
Columnist Kay Heider brings her reflections on life, career and family to the Patch community.
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Monday, September 27, 2010
Editor's Note: Readers, meet Katy Heider. Katy is a local mom who will be writing a weekly column for Glenview Patch on all things parenting -- tips, advice, activities and interviews with some of the area's coolest moms and dads. Have a story idea for this column? Send Katy an email, leave a comment, or email email@example.com. We hope you enjoy the column! I sent my daughter off to school this year, as I do every year, with a mixture of nostalgia and relief. When she climbed onto the bus on the first day, her ponytail dancing and her favorite key chains and Zipper Pals jingling against her backpack, I wondered where the summer had gone. But as the bus pulled away and I walked back to the house, I was ready for a cup of freshly brewed …