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A Conversation With Blues Legend Michael Charles

A Conversation With Blues Legend Michael Charles

We had the pleasure of catching up with a blues legend! Michael Charles has been part of the Blues fabric of Chicago for more than 30 years. When Australian-born Michael Charles traveled the 12,500 miles to test the waters for his music in Chicago he would have never guessed some thirty years later he would be literally testing the waters! Hailing from the “Island Continent” you would think this Aussie would be a natural in the water. But on the contrary, as Michael Charles states, “I really prefers to keep my feet on dry land”… that is, until it comes to performing. Then this muso is so driven, he will go anywhere, and he will be proving just that this summer when he sets sail and entertains on the Tall Ship Windy, the official flagship of the city of Chicago! His actual journey in the USA started over three decades ago when MC traveled from Australia in the early 90’s. From the invitation to perform at the original Buddy Guy’s Legends, to actually standing, with shaky knees, alongside one of his heroes, Mr. Guy, this introduction to America proved to be a great start for his career in the USA and is still a highlight to this very day. Touring with some blues greats, more releases, building recording studios, television appearances, Grammy elections, an induction into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame are some of what has filled the last thirty some years. At this time MC is four months into his sixteenth consecutive international tour across the USA, Canada and Australia and Lake Michigan will be a part of the “NO DETOURS” 2023 tour this year as Michael Charles and his band make “their maiden voyage” and board Tall Ship Windy. Set sail with Michael on Mondays July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August 7 & 14 7pm-9pm. For more info, click [here](https://michaelcharles.us/).

Christmas Caroling In Chicago

Christmas Caroling In Chicago

This Christmas was filled with unexpected joy for my family and me. As we immersed ourselves in the classic tale of "A Christmas Carol," a sudden ring of the doorbell interrupted our festivities. Intrigued, my wife opened the door and, to our amazement, whispered that carolers were gathered outside. Carolers? In this day and age? It was a charming surprise that transported me back to the past, recalling fond memories of Jimmy Elvis and others caroling around Christa Ct in Palos Hills. The enchantment of Christmas cheer spilled over onto Austin Ave, reviving a sense of nostalgia and restoring my faith in humanity. The simple act of singing Christmas carols had the power to transform our holiday season. This heartwarming event occurred right here in Chicago, the largest city in the Midwest, a city often overshadowed by negative headlines. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, these anonymous carolers, spreading joy through song, served as a reminder of the goodness that exists within our community and beyond. At a time when the world could use a little more kindness, this unexpected encounter illuminated the positive actions we're all capable of. Although I never learned the identities of these carolers, I offer my heartfelt gratitude to them for making my Christmas season brighter and for granting me a precious moment to relive the magic of my youth with my own children. In the true spirit of the Midwest, we expressed our appreciation by sharing some of my wife's delicious homemade Christmas cookies—a small token of gratitude that added to the warmth of the season. May this heartfelt experience serve as a reminder to cherish the goodness in our hearts, not just for Chicago but for the world. God bless us all, and to all, a good night.

Embrace This Valentine's Day With Luvbites From Dr. Tara

Embrace This Valentine's Day With Luvbites From Dr. Tara

Listen, either you love Valentine's Day or you loathe it. (See what we did there?) You want this for your Valentine's Day: "You make me weep and want to die Just when you said we'd try Lovin', touchin', squeezin' each other" - Right? (Thank you, Journey) Let's get you in the sack! We talked to Relationship Expert, Dr. Tara about all things love and getting some booty. As a tenured professor of relational communication and relationship coach at [Luvbites](https://www.luvbites.co/), she has tips for how to best show love this Valentine's Day using the 5 love languages: affirmation, physical touch, acts of service, quality time, and gifts. Affirmation - Increase your verbal affirmation to your partner by saying things like "You look amazing in that outfit, "I love that romantic scent on you", or "I appreciate everything you do for our family.” You can also try writing a love letter. Physical touch - Try non-sexual touches that are more playful and romantic. You can also try a sexual meditation as part of your date night. Acts of service - What better way to treat your partner to an act of service? Put out a cozy robe for them or bring them breakfast in bed to start the day! Quality time - For this, plan a date night with your honey. It could be fun to make vision boards together or cook a romantic meal. The key is to stay present! Gift - Chocolates and roses are a Valentine’s Day classic! You could also make your Valentine a handmade card or give them a cozy scarf to keep them warm for the rest of winter. It doesn’t have to be over the top to be special!