Category: Holidays

  • Reflections on 2017

    This time last year I fretted what a Trump presidency would bring for 2017. It was worse than my cynical mind could imagine. More pressing was my mother’s cancer diagnosis. She had surgery a few days before Christmas 2016. Her health and recovery were paramount. In January 2017, she received a good prognosis at her post-op appointment.  After ten years… Continue reading "Reflections on 2017"

  • New Year’s Eve Cocktails

    Champagne, cava, and prosecco are necessary to welcome the New Year. However, you need something else to serve until the midnight countdown. To that end, I visited two Chicago distilleries that have returned spirits to the city to get some cocktail recipes: KOVAL Distillery and CH Distillery. If you are visiting Chicago, a tour and tasting is a must at both! My latest… Continue reading "New Year’s Eve Cocktails"

  • Holiday Gift Guide

      KIDS Reading is essential. I am buying Vashti Harrison’s book, Little Leaders, for my nieces. I love my Not Tonight, I’m Reading t-shirts. Like last year, I attended the Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier. I took my ten-year-old nephew and his best friend to get feedback from the target audience. Their favorites were: PlayMonster’s Ultra Dash and… Continue reading "Holiday Gift Guide"

  • Chicago’s Winter Wonderland

    There are so many wonderful things to see and do in the second city. From the Christkindl market to the Polar Express, Christmas in Chicago is fun for all ages. Read my latest article on Huffington Post.  

  • MLK Day: The Dream & the Mountaintop

    Photo Credit: PTC

    Dr. King sacrificed so much. Unfortunately, as a country, we still have not reached the mountain top. Education disparity, the widening gap between rich and poor, the evaporation of the middle class, splintered trust between communities and law enforcement, and terrorism highlights how far we are from the dream. Below is a link to my latest article on The Huffington… Continue reading "MLK Day: The Dream & the Mountaintop"

  • We are the World

    Share traditions. Show love. Heal the world. As we enter the holiday season, remember to generously show kindness to those that we meet.

  • Traditions & Family Legacy

    Holiday  traditions should pass the baton of family history, informing the younger generation of the legacy on which they stand.

  • Happy 2014!

    Rondaisms - Ronda Lee - Jeta B Photography

    Following up on my New Year’s No Resolution-itis. 2013 taught me that the struggle and pain of dream chasing is where muscle is toned and your true self is revealed. Whether you’re seeking love or success, it only comes from hard work, determination, compromise, and getting back up after you fall. If you’ve already fallen down in the New Year,… Continue reading "Happy 2014!"

  • New Year’s Resolution – Don’t

    Ronda Lee

    New Year should be inspiring, breathing life into old dreams and giving birth to new ambitions. Unfortunately, people make resolutions that aren’t grounded in their reality. Am I saying you’re unstable? No! What I’m saying is stop giving into the latest fad or trend – “things you need to do in 2014” or “must haves.” It’s like the latest weight… Continue reading "New Year’s Resolution – Don’t"