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My great-grandparents on my mother’s side were immigrants from Sweden who settled on the north side of Chicago on Catalpa Street.  My great-grandmother died young.  Her husband was unable to care for the five children, of which my grandmother was the eldest.  At thirteen-years-old, she tried to feed and clothe her four younger brothers but

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This is how I looked when I arrived at DKM, the hair salon where my friend and stylist, Dawn Couturier, works.  I rode my bicycle, of course!   I look fine, but not exactly presentation-worthy.  I asked Dawn to come up with a cut that would transition well from sweaty bike helmet to school auditorium.

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Recently I asked kids to write to me about a time when they were scared and how they overcame their fears.  It’s amazing what a boost to the soul this can be.  We all get frightened.  We all find ways to overcome our fear and move forward.  In my case, 50 miles a day for

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