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Washio: Your New Laundry Ninja

Say Goodbye to Doing Laundry for Good

October 9, 2014

While some of us feel we will go mad if we have to hear about another awesome app, this one is worth the hype. Washio–the leading app for dry cleaning and laundry–allows you to enjoy the luxury of on-demand dry cleaning and laundry delivery with a click of your phone. Available free on iPhone and Android, the Washio app enables customers to select a laundry pickup and drop-off time from 6 a.m. to midnight. A Washio ninja will arrive with reusable bags during the selected half-hour window and return 24 hours later with clothes professionally washed and folded or dry cleaned. In-app billing allows for automatic payments, so no cash is needed. It’s …  Read more

Life and Death: the Spirit of Chicago Eased My Pain

By Cathy Cassata

October 8, 2014

Coldplay’s “Fix You” blared from my headphones on my routine L ride home from work. The lyrics, “Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones,” suddenly rang true. As we crossed over the river, I burst into tears–the hard core, uncontrollable kind. I couldn’t stop. And the harder I tried, the harder I cried. Concerned passengers asked if I was okay, but they only made it worse. To escape the embarrassment, I prematurely dashed off the train and cabbed it home. I was six months pregnant, and my mom had died three months earlier. On my 21st birthday, Mom told me I saved her life. “You know, when you were …  Read more

Forgotten Baby Syndrome

Five Tips to Avoid a Car-tastrophy

October 8, 2014
Baby aboard!
Dr. Payal Adhikari
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Every now and then we all forget something in our cars: an umbrella, a wallet, maybe even the cell phone that is usually glued to our hand. But is it possible to FORGET your baby? In June, Justin Ross Harris’s 22-month-old died after being left his hot car (and he has since been charged with malice murder), and now it seems like “forgotten babies” are popping up everywhere–just last week, the twenty-eighth child of this season died after his caretaker left him in the car to attend a church choir practice in Phoenix. Are these actions intentional, or could it really be a careless slip of the mind? Each year, countless children are …  Read more