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  • My (mostly) open-door policy

    A few weeks ago, back when it was warm enough outside to keep the front door open and let the wind flow through the screen door, I realized I had a true problem.

    The workday was over, I was making a sweet potato quiche for dinner, I had Sam Smith songs playing from my iPhone, and I had the house to myself.

  • 60 years together: A New York love story

    The love story of Lewis and Carole begins at a train station in New York.

    “We used to see each other casually because, for some reason, we used to take the same train home. I used to see her on the platform, and she used to see me on the platform,” said Lewis. “Every Friday, I would get flowers for my mom, and she would see me with the flowers. So we got to talking, and I made a date with her.”

    From here, Lewis and Carole’s story took a strange turn down an unexpected track.

  • What we don’t talk about when we talk about running

    I have been a runner since I was in middle school. Although I never joined track or cross country, and I rarely participate in an organized race, I run almost every day. I run for the peace of mind, the endorphins, the challenge. I run because I love it.

  • The plate debate

    Illinois license plates have arrived, and they’re already sparking debate.

    Have you seen them yet?

  • Moon with a view [update]

    On August 1, The Washington Post said it will be the most photographed and most internet-shared event in human history. Recently, Google created a map simply to chart the flood of search inquiries for this upcoming event. Even my most recent Uber driver and I had a conversation about it.

  • A Prime opportunity

    When I finished writing my last column, I didn’t have any real plans to visit an Amazon Books store. I didn’t even know where in Chicago the Amazon Books store was.

    A week later, after wandering around Chicago’s north side, I stepped out of an Uber with my friend at 3441 Southport Ave, Chicago, and there it was.

  • Amazon’s sales techniques have no ‘Borders’

    In a world with increasing digitization, it’s always noticeable when trends go in the opposite direction.

    Recently, Amazon opened its first physical bookstore in Seattle. This March, Amazon opened its first Chicago store, bringing the reality close to home: the internet and the real world continue to merge.

  • Step into spring

    The Concert Band of Sun City has a spring in its step this season as the performers prepare for their upcoming performance.

    According to Rose Kundich, President of the Concert Band, the concert will be an uplifting ode to the season.

  • Stepping away from the ordinary

    If you’re anything like me, you love the comfort of routine: visiting the same coffee shop every morning, driving the same stretch of road to work, putting on the same jacket when you step out the door.

  • No milling around

    Practicing extravagant tap dancing, incorporating live music, and sustaining a vibrant crew and cast, the Theatre Company of Sun City is as determined as Millie herself as they take on their spring production.

  • Disney movies can be my guest anytime

    When you’re reading this, I’ll have already sat in the movie theater, sang along to “Be our Guest,” and re-experienced childhood all over again. Yes, I’m talking about seeing the much-anticipated remake of Beauty and the Beast. Confession: I’ve had my tickets since January.

  • Radioactive

    You’ve seen them onstage, but now you can enjoy their performances from anywhere in the world.

    The Radio Players are a new extension of the Sun City Theater Company, and their show, Vintage Voices, debuted its second season on Huntley Community Radio this month.

  • Goodnight, iPhone

    Many of us are guilty of it.

    Going to bed, but not really going to bed; there’s always that last-minute check on your phone or tablet, whether it’s to browse Facebook, check an email, or scan the news headlines one more time. And it never ends well.

  • Here’s what you can do while waiting for the chip reader

    What did we do with all of our free time before the advent of the chip reader? Those extra thirty seconds of wait time while the machine reads the chip in your debit or credit card can seem endless.

  • 12 things you didn’t know about the holidays

    A few fun facts that you might not know about the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

  • Laced dog treats in areas near Sun City spark concern

    A recent dog treat scare in areas surrounding Sun City has raised concerns for residents and their canine companions in Del Webb.

  • You don’t have to be a sports fan to celebrate Cubs’ win

    I’ll start by saying I don’t have a fondness for sports.

    This might seem blasphemous with the Cubs’ World Series victory still lingering in everyone’s headlines and hearts. But wait, it gets better.

  • An open letter to those who need a little space

    A few weeks ago, I gave my heart to a plain white desk I bought from Amazon Prime. It’s a tiny wooden one, and I had to “build” it myself when it arrived in the mail.

  • Coffee talk

    Being a writer, I’m always on the hunt for creative inspiration. Being a latte-loving writer, I’m always at a coffee shop listening to what I hear going on around me, whether I want to or not.

  • The eight books I challenged myself to read this summer and why I’ll never do it again

    This summer, I challenged myself to read at least eight books.

    Why eight? The summer reading program at my library rewards you with one raffle ticket for every four books you read, and I thought that achieving two entries would be a lot more impressive than earning one lone chance at the grand prize. Confession: I’m not actually sure what the prize is, but I like a good challenge.

  • Everything in Pokémoderation

    By the time you read this, many of you will already be familiar with the latest digital gaming craze. Maybe you’ll have heard about it from the news, or from the grandkids, or the internet. Or maybe you’ll have caught a few Pikachus yourselves.

  • Skipping a generation, but not a turn

    They say some things skip a generation, and I think I’ve found one of them.

  • Amazon knows how to push buttons

    There is nothing more dangerous and thrilling than having an Amazon Prime account. Here’s why.

  • 12 unconventional ways to take spring cleaning to the next level

    Sometimes spring cleaning doesn’t have to come in the form of decluttering your bedroom closet or getting rid of winter dust. Here are a few other ideas to put a spring in your step that aren’t so obvious.

  • Gold medal grandma

    When Marie and Mike Hasanov first moved into their Sun City home roughly ten years ago, one of their first memories upon arriving at the new place was of their granddaughter Abby. She had started doing flips and summersaults in her grandparents’ freshly painted, furniture-free room.

  • Hello from the 1800s (or around there)

    Every time Academy Awards season rolls around, I know the conversation is inevitable. I will casually mention to someone that I would enjoy watching the Oscars, and this is usually all it takes to trigger it. The discussion always goes a little something like this.

  • Put on a happy face

    While the Sun City Strutters might be known for their grand annual performances, the dancers delight audiences in humbler arenas as well. The Sun City Strutters, composed of about 70 members who normally perform two large winter and spring dance events, also take their show on the road.

  • Tree’s a crowd

    You might not be able to see the forest for the trees, but you can see the downtown Huntley square. Last month, the Village of Huntley removed seven of the eight trees decorating the downtown area, according to Barbara Read, Village of Huntley Management Assistant.

  • Read this if you think you know everything about libraries

    Although most of you know me as the Assistant Editor here at the Sun Day, I will confess: I may be an editor by day, but I am a public library employee by night. And if you are picturing a quiet, dusty, book-filled building complete with librarians and card catalogs, think again.

  • Words of a feather

    When Oxford Dictionary announced that the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji was 2015’s word of the year, I cringed. How had a pictograph meant to embellish text messages achieved great literary status? (And anyway, the cat-with-heart-eyes emoji is a much better choice … just kidding).