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Monday, September 17, 2007

Good morning!

It's a beautiful late summer day in Chicago and the wind is blowing sweet aromas from the last flower blooms mixed with the light saltiness from the lake front just steps from my front door. Living in such a big city with so many architectural gems and other metro area activities to occupy the eager tourist, it is quite easy to miss the real beauty of Chicago's natural elements. There is Lake Michigan with its many beaches running along the eastern border of the city, several forest preserves, the natural wild life that includes crows, eagles, bats, raccoons, skunk, deer, rabbits and much more; and there are numerous private and community gardens scattered throughout almost every city block with rich offerings of roses, gardenias, chrysanthemums, hibiscus and many other exotic names I can't quite spell or pronounce. Even our mayor has jumped on the "green" bandwagon by restructuring highway meridians to include lush foliage and creating incentive programs to even further beautify the city.

So today I am focused on enjoying the simple pleasures that nature affords us. Even in a huge epicenter like Chicago, there is so much to take pause to reflect in. No matter where you are today, remember to take the time to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you.

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