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Power of Touch and Cuddling

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We all want love, acceptance and connection with other people. We’re social beings, and this connection with others is part of our emotional, physical and spiritual DNA.

Touch plays an important role in building these connections, increasing scientific evidence clearly shows a connection that lack of touch can lead to depression, anxiety and a myriad of heath issues, and an inability to connect with others.

Most of us don’t get enough touch in our lives.

We’re touch-deprived, and most of us don’t even know it consciously. All we know is that there’s loneliness and stress and a deep sense of missing out. We feel this because there’s a biochemical yearning for something that is missing in our lives. And there is something missing: touch and the connection with others that it fosters.

“That’s why we started Cuddlist,” says Adam Lippin, Co-founder and CEO of CUDDLIST. Safe, non-sexual, consensual touch fills a need that’s badly neglected in our society. Cuddling relaxes us and reduces stress at the very least, and on the deeper level it nourishes our soul and helps us get in touch with our higher self. Much like yoga and meditation, non-sexual touch is healing and transformative.”

Cuddlist brings together those who need touch (and that would be just about all of us!) with Certified, professional cuddlers who are experienced, safe, well-versed in cuddling techniques and follow a code of conduct that set the conditions for a great session. There have been LOTS of press on this group over the last year – check it out HERE.



Become a certified CUDDLIST or FIND a CUDDLIST in Chicago


While any two people can cuddle, of course, what sets Cuddlist apart is that we are creating the marketplace for transformative cuddling, and we bring the professionalism and best practices that make it work; Cuddlist training is overseen by my co-founder, Madelon Guinazzo, and she both has years of experience as a full-time Cuddlist and knowledge of what works in practice.


While Cuddlist is something special, and fills an important gap in our world, I also want to share what it means to me personally.

“I’ve been a yoga and meditation practitioner for more than 20 years. Yoga has been an animating principle in my life that has seen me through college, drug addiction, the corporate world in New York, loss and death, and the birth of my son and my relationship with my amazing spouse. I’m also a touchy-feely “hugger,” and when I go to shake someone’s hand I’m keenly aware how restricted touch is in our society.”

Most would agree that touch is therapeutic, and the rush of oxytocin we produce when we cuddle is great, but in my experience cuddling also can be something deeper.

American Buddhist Jack Kornfield, in his book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, talks about how the simple act of being present can be a deeply spiritual practice. I think cuddling, if non-sexual and approached without expected outcomes in mind, can help us be present and raise our spiritual awareness.

So while I’m a “hugger,” and I immediately see the value that cuddling can play as a corrective in our society, I also think it contains a deeply spiritual component.

Indian civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi said we must be the change we want to see in the world, and I want to play my part by encouraging non-sexual touch and the emergence of what might be called cuddle yoga.

“Touch is important, and we don’t get enough of it. I want to change that, and that’s why I, along with my Co-Founder, started Cuddlist. Will you join us?”


Are you ready to give yourself the gift of nurturing touch?

Book a therapeutic, non-sexual, cuddle session with a Certified Cuddlist today.

Find out more at CUDDLIST. Learn more; FIND a CUDDLIST and/or become a CUDDLIST!

Gov. Rauner wants to sell and demolish James R. Thompson Center

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The James R. Thompson Center, opened in 1985, is looking at a future of not being around, if Governor Bruce Rauner has his way. He wants a public auction to sell the property for cash by the close of 2016.

At 17 stories, the 980,000 s.f. open-air atrium has been criticized for excess noise and granite slabs that have fallen out. – Not a good  use   of  space – but very beautiful!

The Tribune reports some compelling financial incentives to move on from this 30-year-old building: Governor Rauner stated that the current building has $100 million in deferred maintenance costs–while a new structure could bring in about $20 million annually to the city and public schools. And approximately 2,200 government workers would be relocated to other properties in the city or Springfield, further sparing $6-12 million from taxpayers per year.

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The building, which is three decades old, certainly could use a good fix-up. The state has not maintained any part of it very well, nor has anybody thought to renovate it so that it can answer to today’s office standards and technology. The retail spaces have gone down market. The building’s style does not help: With curves that cascade down toward the street, vivid colors, and the screen of a notional arcade that peels off the main space to help define the plaza, the Thompson Center is a postmodern anomaly in the Loop’s grid.

New Buildings Changing Chicago Skyline


In the last week, several new skyscrapers were announced  by leading architects.  Chicago CURBED  reports, The economy has rebounded and the real estate market is red hot with people starting to buy homes again and developers proposing new tower projects for the downtown area. Major companies are moving back to the city from suburban campuses and Chicago’s talent pool continues to expand at an exponential rate. Many of the downtown projects proposed in the last couple of years have been for new hotels and apartment towers, however there are a handful of very ambitious skyscrapers that if built, could forever change city’s skyline.    READ THE FULL STORY  HERE

PLUS  A year ago when we first put together our first list of the highrises under construction in Chicago, we were stoked that they totaled 14 towers. The number then increased to 18 earlier this year. Today, that number is now 21. There are twenty one highrises currently under construction across the city, which include new hotels, office towers, apartments, and even a couple of condominium projects.  READ THE FULL STORY  HERE.




BEST Hair Replacement DR in Midwest


Many men and women are very self-conscious about thinning hair and hair loss.

While aging may be the most obvious culprit, many doctors suggest that various factors may be to blame — ranging from a thyroid issue to disease to even stress.

Dr. Yates Hair Science Group is a premier hair restoration practice located in Vernon Hills, Illinois led by Dr. William Yates. Dr. Yates, MD is the top hair loss doctor and hair replacement surgeon for the Midwest. He is a leader in new technologies and is passionate about hair restoration.

He specializes in several hair restoration procedures and will work with clients to find the right method for their needs. “We are committed to the best technologies, products, and methods to complete and assist your hair regrowth or hair replacement goals,” says Dr. Yates. (All of products to assist your hair regrowth goals can be easily shipped to your door).


Many people wonder what it is going to cost?

The cost of your hair transplantation depends on the amount of hair being transplanted and is generally considered plastic surgery, therefore is not covered by medical insurance. However, Dr. Yates understands the important investment in your future, life, and self-confidence and offers great financing options, from interest-free financing to longer term options. You can call their office to see if you qualify for a financing option.

I have personally seen some of the results in person – and YES, it looks totally natural!

When hair transplantation is done correctly by a proficient surgeon, the results look so natural that nobody would know you had a procedure. To achieve the best, natural, and attractive results, you need a meticulous surgeon with proven results. Dr. Yates prefers the advanced follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedure that involves harvesting individual follicles for the best results.


Dr. Yates is a published writer and international lecturer and teacher. His office offers state-of-art techniques and he is constantly working on ways to improve results. HE IS THE BEST!

“As a medical doctor I am trained to not make excuses but get the best results. I want hairloss not to be a burden but something we can conquer together.” – Dr. William D. Yates, MD

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • Critical Care/Trauma Surgery

Medical Memberships

  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Society

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Mothers Day Contest

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Countdown to Mother’s Day!

Very seldom in life do we meet people with such amazing gifts that we are left stunned. Earnestine Robinson is one of those rare people. She is able to create music so intricate, many consider it impossible to do without a background in music. Despite no formal music training, with her faith and family, she rises from humble southern roots to become an unlikely composer of classical music that takes her all the way to Carnegie Hall and to a world premiere in Europe.

Earnestine does not question her source. She trusts God to guide her and just continues to create extraordinary music that has taken her all the way to Carnegie Hall three times.
While some stories are interesting and others explore and push the reader to think, it is usually the inspirational stories that touch the soul. Her book “Driven by Faith” is a “must-read” for anyone who has struggled to answer the question, “Why am I here?”

Earnestine’s gift is more than just creating some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. It’s also about family, faith and giving back. To this end, Earnestine and her family are holding a contest, one that could include you and your mother.

Join us for this very unique “Countdown to Mother’s Day!”

1. Submit in 500 words or less your special Mother’s Day story.It can be funny, sentimental, bold or all of these and more. Submit HERE.

2. Each day, prior to Mother’s Day, come back and share special thoughts you have on the upcoming special day on Earnestine’s timeline on Facebook.

3. Share your thoughts with all your friends.

The first 100 people to actively post on Earnestine’s timeline will win the opportunity to participate in a special live, online Earnestine Robinson Master Class. She will discuss and take questions on how to find your purpose and the role of faith in reaching your destiny.

On Mother’s Day, three winners will be chosen and each receive a $100 gift card from Amazon and a copy of Earnestine’s book “Driven By Faith”. Each of the stories will be posted on Earnestine’s Facebook page.

Make this your best Mother’s Day ever!

Oprah’s Big Auction


I want this table!

Oprah may have had a difficult time in trying to ditch her spacious 56th floor Water Tower Place unit, but the media mogul is now unloading the contents of the 9,600 square foot pad to raise funds for her education foundation; South African girls school.

Oprah will be auctioning off 571 lots in a big one day event on April 25. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers announced the sale, which will be conducted at its Chicago salesroom.

“People love Oprah,” Hindman said. “There’s something for everyone. There’s things that are $100 and things up to $100,000.”

Slowly but surely, Oprah has been cutting ties with Chicago over the last few years, selling two other units along Lake Shore Drive, a farm in Indiana and her Harpo Studios campus in the West Loop.

Oprah also recently announced that she plans on shutting down Harpo’s Chicago operations for good.

If you plan on attending Oprah’s ginormous garage sale, be sure to bring a pile of cash as many of the items being sold are valuable antiques and artwork.

Video of Alleged Chicago Police Abuse NSFW


We don’t usually post about the bad things that happen in this city. But I could not ignore this and felt it must be shared….Chicago Sun Times posted this video.  (NSFW  explicit language).

Police conduct a raid on a north side business, threatening and insulting a woman inside. The woman has filed a lawsuit alleging the police physically and verbally abused her.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating several allegations — including hate crime and excessive force — against Chicago Police officers who raided a tanning salon last summer.

‘You’re Not —— American!’ Cop Shouts as Kneeling, Cuffed Woman is Smacked in the Head.

The officer yelled  “I’ll put you in a UPS box and send you back to wherever the f— you came from,” before telling her that she and her family would be murdered by the owner of the salon.

The young lady  is Jianqing “Jessica” Klyzek, a naturalized U.S. citizen from China, stands 5-foot-2-inches and weighs 110 pounds. The lawsuit also alleges that the officers — some of whom said Klyzek scratched and bit them — tried to frame Klyzek as a cover-up for their behavior.



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

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. 

The Best Dog Poop Bags In the World – Are from Chicago! is home of the best rated biodegradable dog waste bags on
Earth! Based in Chicago, PoopBags has helped to reduce Carbon Paw Prints
since 2003.


First, let’s discuss the ramifications of dog waste and plastic:
– 4 million tons: It is estimated that dog owners do not collect over 4 million tons of dog waste annually.

– 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways attributed to dog waste:
Pollutants originating from rainwater run-off via sewer systems, and
dogs pooping near watersheds or beaches. Overall, it is believed dog
waste is third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in
contaminated waters.

– 4th highest generated waste: Plastics are the fourth highest
generated waste in the U.S., originate from petroleum which is
non-renewable, do not biodegrade, and take thousands of years to break
down. Paper, yard trimmings, and food scraps are the top three
generated. However, all of them come from renewable resources.

– Plastics are the least recycled with a 6.9% recovery rate. In 2006,
the U.S. produced 29.5 million tons of plastic and only recycled 2.04
million tons.

Now, let’s get back to why you should use dog waste bags from
Various plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term
“biodegradability” – shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM
specifications that adhere to puts a kibosh on all of that.
Basically, the specifications requires that the material is fully
tested to ensure that it will degrade in a timely manner, and that no
large plastic fragments should remain.

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Billionaire Philanthropist James Pritzker Comes Out as Transgender

 Col. James Pritzker, a member of a prominent and wealthy Chicago
family and funder of a study on transgender people in the military, has
come out as transgender, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.

Crain’s quotes an email sent to employees of the Pritzker
Military Library and Pritzker’s company Tawani Enterprises, saying, “As
of Aug. 16, 2013, J.N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name
change, will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker. This change will
reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately
and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman
for all business and personal undertakings.” The business journal adds
that “a spokeswoman declined to answer questions about Col. Pritzker’s
sexuality or possible hormone therapy.”

Pritzker has a net worth of $1.5 billion, according to Forbes,
and has donated to many philanthropic efforts, including preservation
and restoration of historic buildings. Her family has a long history in
business. Pritzker’s father, the late Robert Pritzker, founded the
Marmon Group, a holding company for a variety of businesses, and her
uncles, the late Jay Pritzker and Donald Pritzker, founded Hyatt Hotels.
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is her cousin.