Living History: A Symbolic Bridge Endures

Long Grove’s iconic Covered Bridge is on its way to receiving federal landmark status. Recently, Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council members voted 14-0 in Springfield in favor of the bridge's inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The next step for the bridge, which already made Illinois’ Most Endangered Places list earlier this year, will be for agency officials…

Keeping the Glow of Summer Alive

Summer fun: the double-edged sword of feel-goods and disappointment. The memories created with the nice weather, vacations and time with family and friends give us a euphoric high that slowly turns into feeling stressed, overwhelmed and somewhat depressed with the horrendous thought of getting back into the routine. We’ve all been there. And what’s even more interesting is that we…

AVOIDING THE 
DANGERS OF 
DISTRACTED 
DRIVING

As my oldest daughter embarks on her journey as a licensed driver, I am thinking about the risks of distracted driving. While there have always been distractions while driving – music, GPS, eating & drinking and personal grooming (sigh) – accidents caused by distracted driving have increased substantially. Even though vehicles have many more safety features (multiple air bags, crumple…

The Cubs Way for Illinois

In March the Chicago Cubs organization visited the Illinois House of Representatives for a special joint session of the General Assembly. Cub’s legend Ryne Sandberg and team owner Tom Ricketts brought along a new friend - the 2016 World Series trophy. The occasion brought back memories of last season’s legendary season and the epic come-from-behind World Series win. That day…

For A Peaceful Home, Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Stress is on the rise impacting young and old. So what can we do to help foster a peaceful climate at home? Turn Inward: Throughout the day, most of us experience an assortment of emotions and thoughts that come and go, all influencing the way we interact with others. Many of us learn to ignore, stuff, and push feelings aside.…

Thoughts from a Rock & Roll Wife

It is 9:30 on a Saturday night… and I don’t know where my husband is. He might be at Middleton’s or Main Street Outfitters in Wauconda. Or maybe he’s at The Copper Fiddle in Lake Zurich. I kind of lose track. All I know is that he’s not home. And I’m going to tell you a secret; it’s OK with…

Do You Love Where You Live?

I love living here for a variety of reasons, starting with the warmth of our neighbors and the fact that Lake County has it all. From family activities to local amenities, and businesses along with natural beauty, Lake County is the place I call home. It’s the best of all worlds—combining friendly community with the convenience you get from big-city…

Five Ways to Inspire Innovative Thinking

By the time most of us graduated from high school, we took an average of 3,952 quizzes, tests and exams. From a very early age, we learned there is only one right answer and several wrong answers. It’s no wonder we can freeze in the face of obstacles that limit our innovative thinking. To fight this, here are a few…

In Defense of the Flower

It is a testament to our ecological stewardship in Long Grove that we still have many varieties of native wildflowers that bloom in public and private woodlands and open spaces. In fact, we even have one variety that is a federally protected endangered species. I have never seen the white fringed prairie orchid, but State officials assure us it is…

Presenting 3323 Country Lane

Nestled in the heart of Long Grove on a magnificent wooded lot filled with beautiful perennial gardens, and a meandering walking path flowing through it, this peaceful retreat is a house for all seasons. This lovely home with a country feel boasts a sprawling front porch and an expansive deck with views of the sparkling pond, lush landscape, and in-ground…

I Am Mom

The book is an honest expression of motherhood on so many levels–even the way in which it was created since Carpenter wrote it on her iPhone, typing with only a thumb, while nursing her infant daughter. Each poem is complimented by artistic portraits that were created on an iPhone by the author and her family. The iMac cover design showcases…

Gardening Success is a Fluid Situation

All along I considered hostas the lazy gardener’s hero. These attractive, leafy plants thrive in the shade where many other pretty things will not. They sprout flowers now and then, and best of all, they come back every year. Plant once, kick back forever, I thought. I was so buzzed by the idea this elegant ground cover would reappear every…

Bon Appetit

Imagine an early evening in the 1970’s, somewhere in Provence, France. The late Julia Child is at her vacation home, taking inventory in her kitchen. Fresh, hand-picked ingredients, ever so abundant in the local markets, are heaped on her counters. Culinary confidence emanates from her heart and mind, straight to her fingertips. Alas, it’s close to dinner time. But Julia…

Top Ten Resolutions Even I Can Keep

As we all contemplate the joys of January and the requisite making of resolutions (and the systematic breaking thereof...), I thought it poignant and pertinent to make some resolutions to which I know I can adhere. Really, who likes to start off a brand new year with the best of intentions only to see them slide down the slippery slope?…

Wrap Less, Remember More

December is a month of remembrance and celebrations, but too often it is also a month of overwhelming obligations and rampant commercialism. The combination of guilt, stress, lack of sleep and overspending tend to turn the last month of the year into a whirlwind of overextended schedules.

Affirming 
Our Thankfulness

We have come a long way since the year 1621, when Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World. Writings recount a three-day feast and sharing the table with Native Americans who populated the area. They were all bringing their various crops, and the recordings describe tables of wild fowl and venison served with a corn mush and stewed…

Mulling Over the Wine Reviews

I was a weary shopper looking for a simple Riesling when my innocent eyes fell upon this:

September 2015 Parting Thoughts

How could a woman who still has no idea what a “first down” is find herself so captivated at Friday night football games? It’s easy. In the past few years, my sports cluelessness has allowed me to keenly observe the hundreds and hundreds of folks off the field. There is juicy stuff there.

Adventure is a Nine-Letter Word

The word "adventure" conjures up different images for different people, and let's face it; some images are just prettier than others. For my hard-core outdoorsy friends, adventure means tackling the Appalachian Trail with three pounds of dried beans, a tarp the size of a Kleenex and a compass. Just to fluff things up a bit, they might take a change…

Time to Cancel the Swimsuit Issue

As a woman, I think bathing suit shopping is a nightmare. But not the way you would expect. The horror I experience has nothing to do with what I see in the fitting room. It’s what I hear: Body-bashing from a chorus of unfamiliar voices. Instant, TMZ-worthy critiques. I have come to believe the back areas of retail stores are…

Fathers

There is a box on the kitchen table. Flat, just under a foot long, and gift wrapped as if by an apoplectic crocodile. There is no question as to the contents of this box on this day in June. There never is. It is a tie. The annual difference is only width or length, wideness of stripes or plaids, boldness…

Motherhood

As an ambitious young woman in love with a high-spirited New Yorker, Doreen Sternkopf pictured the happy life ahead: marriage, children, a home full of laughter and music. But the realities of motherhood rarely meet the expectations of the uninitiated.