Friday, October 18, 2013

Meet Catherine Johns, author of Show Up and Shine, October 24

I think I'm okay in the way I conduct myself with clients and potential clients, but I know I can do better. When you're "swinging for the fences", like I am these days, who couldn't stand to double back and reconsider how they present themselves in public. 

That's why I think getting to know Catherine Johns, buying her book, learning from her, going to her events and doing everything short of stalking her is worthwhile.

Catherine will be signing her book, Show Up and Shine, and discussing practical, concrete ways, how to use your body and your voice to create a correct impression at Heaven Meets Earth studio in Evanston next Thursday night, October 24.

Now's your chance to meet Catherine. She's had a good influence on me already.

Photo by Leslie Bohm.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Do you recognize this prominent Evanston business owner?

Made this pic during some PORTRAIT FUN after Sunday's BizPics shoot at Creative Coworking

Lucy Smith releases Autumn in Augusta, celebrate October 15


A regular at Evanston's Starlight Concerts, Lucy Smith invites us to celebrate the release of her new album--Autumn in Augusta--with her Tuesday October 15, in downtown Chicago.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

July 4, 1955 :: Central Street, Evanston

Dedicated to Hillary Bean, the Evanston Fourth of July Association and                                                                             
                  all the talent, paid and unpaid, that makes the parade great.                                                                                                            

Thursday, September 26, 2013

BizPics: Headshots for Business and PORTRAIT FUN at Creative Coworking Sunday

No one gets out of a BizPics shoot without making at least one picture
just for the fun of it. Kari McLean went for it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Q: What will our neighbor Chris Greene be doing Monday?

 A: Blowing jazz at Webster Wine Bar with his three buddies.


Monday, September 16th
Webster Wine Bar
1480 W. Webster
Chicago, IL
9:00 p.m.

We'll be playing the "hits", plus stuff from the forthcoming 2014 album.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pondering LOVE: Thank you, Leo Buscaglia

I've been pondering LOVE more intensely lately for a variety of reasons (as some of my friends and family who've been in touch with me outside of cyberspace can attest to.)

I aim to post more about it a bit here.

In the meantime, who else remembers Leo Buscaglia? Loved him and still do.

Here's some of what he had to say about LOVE:

Leo Buscaglia -‬ ‪Speaking of Love pt ‬1‪ of 6‬
From a talk he did in Sacramento, I believe in the 1980, but it is timeless.

‪Leo Buscaglia -‬ ‪Speaking of Love pt ‬2‪ of 6‬
I especially appreciate what he has to say about fat thighs.

Leo Buscaglia - Speaking of Love pt 3 of 6
Yeah, plums...and fat thighs!
O'Hare gets a shout out too.

Leo Buscaglia - Speaking of Love pt 4 of 6
Love the Joel's Day story he starts here.
I believe that one person's need is another person's surplus...and this story hits on that.

Leo Buscaglia - Speaking of Love pt 5 of 6
Tyranny of word! (Which LB talks about here before "racial profile" was a common term.)

Leo Buscaglia - Speaking of Love pt 6 of 6 

I aim to be a better lover and look forward to hearing from anyone else who wants to discuss that with me. (Yes, chuckle it up, smut brains. If I knew how to say that better, I would. That's okay, have a giggle on me.)

In the photo: Me (left) with my nephew, Jameson. February 2013.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Where am I Now? 7.4.13

Moving back to Evanston is one of the best things I've ever done for myself.
There is no place like Evanston! -- Monique Petan


Saturday, June 1, 2013

All #ChicagoMediaMeetup at Printers Row Lit Fest June 8


Journalists and other media workers, in the name of celebrating our accomplishments and all we love about working in media, are invited for conversation and refreshment during the Printers Row Lit Fest.

Saturday, June 8, 5-7 p.m.
701 S State St (at Balbo)
Chicago, IL 60605

Cost: Depends on how much you eat or drink.
Someone will be springing for some appetizers.

RSVP: Not necessary, but they are being collected on Facebook.

Twitter: #ChicagoMediaMeetup.

Instigators: Charlie Meyerson, Mary Hynes, Judy Fidkowski, moi some yet to be mentioned and others who'd rather not be mentioned.

Questions?: Ask Charlie or moi.

Hope to see you there.

So much to talk about.

Photo: Outside Dan Weissman's office at Columbia College by moi.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Daily choices of those who are homeless: January 17

Connections for the Homeless invites you and a friend to its next "Bring a Friend to Breakfast." It promises to be an enlightening session.

When: Thursday, January 17
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Where: Lake Street Church, Evanston, IL. 

Known for his amazing presentation skills and knowledge of the dilemmas facing Connection's clients, case manager Tim Anstett will lead participants in an interactive game that will clarify the daily choices and struggles many of the agency's clients face. Will you keep the roof over your head? Will you end up on the streets?  

Regarding the menu, says Sue Loellbach, Connection's Director of Development:
We usually have frittatas, but no cook this time. So, bagels and donated Bennison’s pastries it is.

Hope to see you there.

Untitled/Hilda's Place, December 2012

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Margaux Pepper makes a fashion film


My extraordinarily talented intern, +Margaux Pepper, will premiere the fashion film she produced Friday, January 25. She and I would love to see you there.

The untitled film, directed by Rachel Jones, Multimedia Editor of NU-student-run STITCH fashion magazine, follows four friends camping and showcases a variety of outdoor fashion trends.

"Rachel and I had the idea for the project last Spring and arranged meetings with STITCH and our professors to get the go-ahead to start production. We gathered a crew during the Fall, filmed the entire shoot on a weekend in late November, and are finishing up final edits right now. Ours is the first fashion short film in STITCH's history. It explores the depiction of fashion as art, rather than as a commercial," says Margaux Pepper.

Consider coming out to meet and support some smart, enthusiastic students.