On the day in mid-April when I penned this note my lawn care provider was prepping the yard for spring during a snow flurry. Spring is fleeting and tenuous around here.

It got me wondering about why this month is called May. Turns out we can thank the ancient Greeks. The fifth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and its predecessor, the Julian calendar, is named after the Greek goddess Maia, who is also identified with the Roman goddess of fertility, Bona Dea.

Regardless of its origins, May is a pretty big deal. The month ends with the official start of summer (Memorial Day Weekend). This month we also take time to celebrate the graduates among us (including my family’s youngest, Eric, who takes the walk on May 11 to nab his degree from the University of Iowa). Arguably, the biggest day of the month is May 12 – Mother’s Day.

In this issue we celebrate women with a slew of great stories. From a Mother-Daughter Hawaiian vacation to our annual celebration of local Women of Distinction, we’ve built this issue for the moms, grandmothers and daughters among us.

With a little help from the Greatest Woman Of all Time (Mother Nature), here’s to a month-long celebration.

Michael Beightol



ON THE COVER. Editor & Chief Photographer Stephen Neilson captured a light moment shared by Suzanne Corr (Barrington), Claire Slattery (Lake Zurich) and Maria Weisbruch (Wauconda), witnesses to the growth locally of women in business.