Dwana

Dwana authors a few blogs, is a full-time officer of the court and mom to two wonderful young men and two dogs.

You can find her rants, advice for healthy living and Chicago tips at: "Healthier, Happier, You!", Chicagonista.com, TheChicagoMoms.com & ChicagonistaLIVE.com

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Movie: Friends with Kids

Movie: Friends with Kids

March 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

PAID POST OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.friendswithkids.com Release Date: March 9th SYNOPSIS: Friends With Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships […]

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Throw Your Hands In The Air Like You Just Don't Care...

Throw Your Hands In The Air Like You Just Don’t Care…

February 12, 2012 | Comments (2)

…used to reference dancing in an old song. That seems like a thousand years ago as I am now reflecting that life is never what we expect it to be. When I think of 15 year old Herbert Pulgar, a freshman at Alliance for Children and Families Lawrence Hall Youth Services, my heart becomes heavy with the grief […]

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Longer School Days For Chicago Public School Students

Longer School Days For Chicago Public School Students

January 25, 2012 | Comments (18)

There are quite a few reasons I am personally excited about CEO Jean-Claude Brizard being at the helm of the Chicago Public Schools. One is his team’s fresh approach to a very old problem. Two is he has spark. Three his spark infects his team, thereby passing on this frenzy of hope to all of […]

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What Does Dr. King Mean To You and Your Family?

What Does Dr. King Mean To You and Your Family?

January 16, 2012 | Comments (3)

I was only a year old, almost to the day, when Dr. King was assassinated. My upbringing was in a very community oriented household mainly because my parents were born segregated on the South Side in Chicago. They weren’t welcome in many places and as a result, I learned about the Civil Rights Movement first-hand. […]

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Teaching Financial Capabilty

Teaching Financial Capabilty

November 29, 2011 | Comments (4)

Many days I am completely baffled at what I see at my day job. Children from every walk of life exposed to crime, committing crime, being victimized by crime. I see what The Chicago Public Schools is doing in the less affluent neighborhoods. So when The Chicago Moms was invited to a listening session at […]

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Who is making the grade?

Who is making the grade?

November 14, 2011 | Comments (4)

When I got the wonderful news that I was expecting a bundle, I immediately put my zygote on the waiting list of a premier Chicago area day care. Sixteen years ago, that wait list was a year long. My then husband and our little family lived in Lakeview and did not have “clout” or high […]

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Walk this way, talk this way

Walk this way, talk this way

September 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

If I had a penny for every time my mother said “boys will be boys” I’d be in the South of France right now begging my Cabana boy to bring me another Grand Marnier… Yes, aggression sort of comes with testosterone, but at what point do we step in and say “Dude, is it REALLY […]

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Behind The Wheel

Behind The Wheel

August 6, 2011 | Comments (2)

Cribs and Carbeds. GO-carts and Big Wheels. Skateboards and snow boards. The “L” and the bus. I can totally handle the Red Line. The 145 Express. I can even handle my guy traipsing down our city streets. We as Chicagoans must learn to navigate, it is almost a right of passage. But the car? The […]

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Family tea-time at The Peninsula Chicago

Family tea-time at The Peninsula Chicago

May 7, 2011 | Comments (0)

One of the best things about being a Chicago Mom is Chicago! We have the most beautiful skyline, hands down. Our downtown is so perky, and exciting, sometimes I simply take the “L” to Michigan Avenue to people watch. I was so excited to spend the afternoon at the The Peninsula Chicago for afternoon tea […]

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When Breathing Might Be Best

When Breathing Might Be Best

April 14, 2011 | Comments (3)

I love bunnies. At this late point in my life, I have either forgotten or misplaced in my brain, why the Easter Bunny has its place during our Easter Celebrations. I recall that they are cute, a representation of life’s renewal process, fresh starts, and, well, bunnies hop – maybe somehow relating to how we […]

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Chicago at night

Me and Melody

September 28, 2010 | Comments (2)

Music is utter enjoyment for me. The miracle of witnessing someone being musical can be captivating. I LOVE music. I love the arts – despite not having any true knowledge of the subject – I still somehow manage to appreciate them. The curled brows of musicians as the audience sways and bobs. The emotional setting […]

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Junior high graduate

Trying To Soak It All In

August 23, 2010 | Comments (6)

I don’t know about you, but parenting is quite a whirlwind! As a single parent, it is a whirlwind times two! My problem comes in trying to soak it all in. 14 years later, I continue to make every effort in NEVER missing a game. The urge to be present for every word he writes […]

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