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Thanksgiving dinner with the homeless

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This will be the 6th year where I deliver Thanksgiving dinner to Chicago’s homeless. I think it’s important that I share this story with you. I remember thinking back in 2010 about the leftovers that often go to waste after a big holiday meal. You always say you’re going to …

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‘My name is Earnest. Please help me’

What if you could make someone’s day for $4.30 and you only had to walk 10 steps out of your way? Would you do it? I was on the treadmill at the gym, which is across from a very popular and crowded breakfast place and a Dunkin’ Donuts. When I’m …

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Twitter Moments: There’s no Lightning

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I was so excited about Twitter moments. Twitter, with all its real-time data, was destined to hit a home run here. Hire a staff of people to curate and capture what we’re talking about and drive conversation to the point where current users are excited and new users sign up …

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Behold! The peanut butter cup stuffed burger

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Oh, Canada. What were you thinking, eh? There’s a place up there called The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro, and they’re known for their unique stuffed burgers. Normally, that’s like a Juicy Lucy, which is when they put the cheese inside the patty. But that’s tame compared to what they’re doing …

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Bacon makes social media sizzle

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A huge part of my job as a social media editor and manager is engaging our audience on multiple platforms, everything from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to Tumblr, Ello and Periscope. Today when hilarious Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke wrote a hilarious column (registration may be required to read the column in …

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OMG! Frosted Maple Bacon Pop-Tarts

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Frosted Maple-Bacon Pop-Tarts. Need I say more? No, seriously, need I? I mean, c’mon. Warm golden brown sugary maple goodness with bacon bits. These are real and they sound spectacular, and they’re coming soon to a supermarket shelf/breakfast table. And there are other flavors, but honestly none as exciting as …

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Hurricane Patricia: Strongest hurricane ever

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Some of you may know this, but for those of you who don’t I always wanted to be a meteorologist, and I had a very specific goal in mind. I wanted to be the director of the National Hurricane Center. As a young child, I had a fascination with tropical …

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UPDATE NOW: New emoji awaits

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Here’s a question to ponder: Who would have ever imagined the world would get excited about a taco emoji? But we are. And it’s not just the taco. It’s the burrito. And the hot dog. And the cheese. And the unicorn. And the squirrel. And let us not forget the …

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Happy Back to the Future Day

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Happy Back to the Future Day, everyone. It boggles my mind that today is Oct. 21, 2015. Boggles. My. Mind. I am what’s none as a Back to the Future junkie, and if that label doesn’t actually exist it needs to because I am proud to be one. For those …

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Today for lunch, a 2.48-mile walk

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Today for lunch, I had a 2.48-mile walk. I was able to get some sunshine and be rained on a bit all in the span of 42 minutes. I was thinking of grabbing a cup of soup from somewhere, but I really needed to clear my head more than I …

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