Month: March 2015

A Parade of (True) Homes

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A Parade of Homes is not exactly news here at Maples at the Sonatas. It’s a semi-annual event, often drawing a large number of visitors to our community. But our next parade — on Sunday, April 12, from noon to 5 — will offer something unique. This parade will be comprised entirely of real homes. Not empty models, not even furnished models. In fact, it will be a true parade of homes, not houses. Visitors […]

Wrapping up this Self Promotion

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 I have done so much self-promotion over my award that I can barely stand to see any more. I wrote that sentence in an email this week. It was a honest statement. I still stand by it. But… here I go again. For the very last, very final time. I promise. I had the honor of speaking at the Epcon Communities conference last month, when I received their Lifestyle Ambassador Award. While I was talking, […]

Changing the World One Child at a Time

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My neighbor Bob believes that every child should have an opportunity for happiness. My neighbor Jane, who spent her career working with children, saw so many who needed an advocate in life. My neighbor Maureen is willing to step out of her comfort zone to fundraise for a cause she truly believes in. All three found an ideal outlet for their desire to help children in CASA of McHenry County, an organization that provides volunteers […]

It’s March. Give Us a Break.

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This time the weather forecast was right on. A winter weather advisory posted yesterday was amazingly accurate. Unfortunately. The sleet hitting my bedroom windows was loud enough to wake me just after 6. I peeked through the blinds to see that 3″ of snow had fallen during the night. The sleet continued off and on — mostly on — for an hour. No yoga class for me this morning, I said to my cats. ••• […]