Rae Lewis-Thornton – Diva Living with AIDS

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Educated, attractive, assertive and ambitious are just a few of the words used to describe Rae Lewis-Thornton. In 1986, during a routine blood drive visit at a Washington D.C. Red Cross, Rae received news of another word that would soon be used to describe her health and future. At the tender age of 23, Rae Lewis-Thornton was diagnosed HIV Positive.
 
Despite her present day status of having full-blown AIDS (ACQUIRED Immune-deficiency Syndrome), Rae Lewis-Thornton leads her own unending crusade to educate and challenge young and old audiences to take control of their own bodies, futures and health. Rae uses her life as an example that AIDS is a non-discriminatory disease. She challenges the most common myths and stereotypes surrounding who and how one can become infected with the HIV virus that most often results in AIDS and death. In doing this, she incorporates her own oratory skills, personal experiences and unyielding honesty to create and disseminate her critical and deadly message of her own day by day, personal destruction by AIDS.
Rae uses all forms of media to convey her message. In less than a year Rae Lewis-Thornton has made her mark in Social Media. She is the recipient of the British Academy Golden Tweet Award in Public Service for 2010 and The 2011 CBS Chicago Most Valuable Blogger in Medical, Health and Fitness. She uses Twitter effectively to continue her crusade to educate, reduce the spread of HIV, as well as to challenge stigma and shame around HIV/AIDS. She held the first HIV/AIDS Tweet-up in the US in July 2010 and is now taking her Tweet-up’s nationwide. In December 2010 Rae organized a Twitter Book Club, RLT Reads. Along with Twitter, she uses both of her Facebook pages as a daily platform to educate both on HIV/AIDS generally and her personal struggle of living and managing HIV/AIDS.
Rae Lewis Thornton’s gift is to help people get passed their pain and live a healthy balanced life. For the past 19 years she’s done that through speaking, press interviews, tv, radio, print and most recently in her blog. In January 2012 she is expanding her work by giving people the opportunity to have her expertise one on one through life coaching RLT Inspiration. The areas of life coaching are confidence, balance and relationships. RLT Inspiration will utilize her life experience and her seminary training. She received a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2003. She was licensed as minister over 12 years ago. Rae has done her PhD studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Rae graduated Manga Cum Laude graduate from Northeastern Illinois University. Rae is very proud to have received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnae Award from  her alma-mater Northeastern as well as, deliver the 2011 Commencement Address. Rae  has received  literally hundreds of awards  for her work in HIV/AIDS in the last eighteen years – and I encourage you to check out her blog DIVA LIVING WITH AIDS!

House Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies at 59

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Frankie Knuckles, one of the major founding forces of house music, passed away yesterday at the age of 59. He died unexpectedly at his Chicago home on Monday.

Though he got his start in New York, Knuckles became one of the faces of dance music in another city: Chicago. He moved there in his 20s and quickly began working at a new club.

In the late Seventies, the  DJ moved to Chicago at the behest of Robert Williams, who had opened the late night club the Warehouse and needed a resident. Frankie didn’t just rise to the occasion, he created a way of playing music from disparate genres and making it seem cohesive — it became known as house music; and Knuckles became legendary through his edits, his grace and his style.

House spread from Chicago and Detroit to Ibiza and Berlin, and helped sweep in the drug-fueled rave culture in the U.K. in the ’90s. But Knuckles was never interested in hedonism. He saw the dance floor as a sacred space. The beat united everybody there. For Frankie Knuckles, the beat was a creed.

MORE  AT  NPR

Will the Plastic bags that Stores use… GO AWAY?

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Chicago alderman want to put a measure banning distribution of plastic bags to customers at retail business back before the City Council.

Those thin little plastic bags that grocery stores give us, and we usually have to double them, may go away.  You see them everywhere…blowing down the streets…stuck in trees…they clog sewers…they are a nuisance and hardly anyone I knows  recycles them!

the Chicago Tribune reported……

Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st), sponsor of the proposed ordinance to ban plastic bags distributed to customers at stores, was one of several aldermen that said it was time to end the debate.

“Our environment has waited too long” for a ban on the bags that litter streets, clog sewer drains and end up in landfills,” Moreno said. “Our neighborhoods have waited too long to get this garbage out.”

The Tribune reported that several environmental activists and high school students spoke in favor of the ban.

The city has had a plastic bag recycling program in place since 2008, a statement on the Illinois Retail Merchants Associations website said.

Read More at Lakeview Patch

 

Cancer and Healthy Delicious Foods with Chef Tong

 Healthy Tastes Great!

MY PRIVATE CHEF PREPARES HEALTHY MEDITERRANEAN FARE AT GILDA’S  CLUB CHICAGO

 For eight years, Chef Christopher Tong
of the upscale Chicago private gourmet dining service,

My Private Chef, has been demonstrating
to Gilda’s Club members and friends how healthy meals can offer gourmet quality
and excitement. The idea is that people living with cancer can enjoy every bite
knowing they are supporting their healthy lifestyle. The meals in this cooking
series are designed to inspire people living with cancer to eat well, serve
beautiful food and stay healthy.

Chicago House Benefit Returns to Willis Skydeck January 23rd

THE WINTER EVENT EVERYONE LOVES!  

Chicago House and Event Chairs J.P. Anderson, Matthew Harvat, David
Kaufman, Dennis Remer, Tom Segal and Sean Ward invite you to our
favorite winter tradition – Absolut Wrapture – now celebrating 12
fantastic years!

 

Enjoy signature, sky-high cocktails while tasting
delicious hors d’oeuvres. Procure one-of-a-kind works of art from our
silent auction. No matter how you enjoy the event, you’ll be directly
supporting Chicago House!

 

Take your experience to the next level with VIP tickets, which include early admission, a keepsake photo and a VIP swag bag.

 

When: Thursday, January 23rd

Where: Willis Tower, Skydeck         233 S Wacker Drive

Time: 5 p.m. VIP admission        6 p.m. General admission

Tickets: Limited VIP tickets – $160 (only 60 available)

General tickets – $99       Door Tickets – $120

Holiday Cooking with My Private Chef December 21st

 

Looking forward to the holidays, Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, has developed a marvelous assortment of recipes that your family and guests will applaud. 

The cooking demonstration will take place on Saturday, Deecmber 21, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Demo Kitchen on 1.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit their web site: www.myprivatechef.net

Become a Facebook Fan:  www.facebook.com/ChefChrisTong

Shy Town Girls Book Signing! November 19th

You’re Invite to the Shy Town Girls Champagne Book Signing!


When: Tuesday November 19

 Time: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Viktoria’s Closet Boutique: 2482 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614 

 

Come meet and mingle with Katie Leimkuehler author of the new book series Shy Town Girls

(Shy Town Girls is a romance novel series about four 

shy yet brave young working women in Chicago.)

Enjoy champagne and deserts while shopping at one of the hottest boutique’s in Lincoln park!

RSVP to this event!

Can You Cook? You Could Win $10,000!

The team behind the successful show Man vs. Food featuring Adam Richman  are currently casting a brand new fun competition series called
Frankenfood for SPIKE TV.

 Each episode, one contestant will win $10,000
and have a deal worked out with their unique winning dish featured on a
restaurant menu!

  
 
We are looking for all kinds of cooks from experienced chefs to
home cooks in the Chicago. 

There will also be a casting call in the Chicago area on December 6th & 8th but if people apply to the link below, we can move them along quicker without them having to attend.



CHICAGO CASTING CALL

Friday, December 6 & Sunday, December 8 

10 am to 5 pm 

Theatre Momentum      1800 Cornelia Avenue      Chicago, IL 60657 

 
If you personally know unique and creative cooks, or you are one
yourself, please have them submit their info and tell us what their
creative dish is at ffood@sharpentertainment.com or apply at this link. 
 
 

Winter Weather Could Cause You Plumbing Problems

It’s  Here!  WINTER!

The arrival of the winter season and cold weather  = potential plumbing problems in our homes and apartments. Whether you rent or own, you can have Frigid morning showers, frozen or cracked pipes, broken radiators, flooding, and leaks are just a few of the many unwanted plumbing issues brought on by  winter weather.

Here are some tips that you can do to prevent or at least minimize the likelihood of these winter plumbing mishaps. 
    Preventing Clogged Drains: Once a week, treat your sink and bathtub drains to this quick, safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning process. Make up a mixture of 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup cream of tartar. Pour equal amounts into your various drains and follow it with 2 cups of boiling water for each drain. Or buy something like Bio Clean. It’s a blend of bacteria and enzymes.Within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria
begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides
and top of the drain pipe. Cool!
    Pipe Insulation: This is more for home owners of condo owners in small buildings. Use foam padding sleeves or special insulating tape to guard your pipes (both hot water and cold water) against freezing. Any exposed pipe or plumbing fixtures should be kept warm with space heaters (lamps) from a safe distance. Every few days, check out pipes in basements or little used areas of the house to make sure no ice or frost is accumulating or cracks developing.
    Running Water: Be sure to run water from every valve in your house at regular intervals throughout the winter.  This will prevent freezing.
    Be Careful with Holiday Cooking: Cooking grease and oils put a real strain on drains, pipes and garbage disposals.  Grease and oil are more likely to collect and clog when your plumbing is colder, so do your best NOT pour down the drain. Also, refrain from putting hard to grind objects or stringy substances down into the disposal. Always run cold water through the disposal for at least 15 seconds before and after each use. Be sure to turn the disposal on before filling it with food debris.
    Spread Showers Throughout the Day: At least 10 minute intervals between showers is optimal to maintain hot water and proper pressure. You may also want to turn up the water heater during the cold season as well; to prevent burns, do not put it above 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
If Your Indoor Faucets Freeze:
    Leave the cabinet doors under the faucets open so that they can get more heat.
    If it gets intensely cold, run a little bit of water from each valve in the house each day. Let the water trickle very slowly into the sink.
    Heat every room of your home, not just a few rooms. Allow warm air to circulate freely throughout your house.

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Please DO NOT Feed the Pigeons in Chicago

  Please do not feed the pigeons. There are dozens of reasons why, but
mainly: feeding pigeons harms our neighborhoods and also harms the
birds.

Large population of pigeons is a health hazard.
Our huge feral pigeon population is a health hazard and creates many
problems in the city. Pigeon droppings dirty public spaces, do costly
damage to buildings, and can spread life-threatening diseases,
especially to the elderly and immune-deficient. Their nesting materials
block drains and harbor parasites like bird mites. Pigeon food makes a
mess and attracts rats.

Feeding pigeons promotes overbreeding.
Pigeon feeding produces overbreeding. Pigeons normally breed two or
three times a year, producing two eggs per brood. Overfed city pigeons
can breed up to eight times a year.

Pigeons are harmed when fed.
When you feed pigeons, you are not doing them a favor. They lose their
natural ability to scavenge and survive on their own. Pigeon over
population leads to overcrowded, unsanitary conditions and produces sick
and injured birds. A smaller flock is healthier and does less damage.

Stubborn pigeon feeders in Chicago might soon be pinching their
pennies in order to pay the fines as high as $1,000 proposed Wednesday
by Ald. James Cappleman (46th) in response to what he sees as a massive
problem in his Uptown ward.

Cappleman introduced an ordinance that would make feeding pigeons in the city an illegal act punishable with up to six months in jail along with a hefty fine, NBC Chicago reports. A similar fine was previously proposed in New York in 2007 but has not been implemented.

The alderman told the Chicago Sun-Times that the massive pigeon
population in his ward, buoyed by bread and rice-armed enablers, has reached a height that is “scaring people” near area CTA “L” stations. Pigeon droppings are actually destroying roofs of buildings.