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The latest: I’m the war of head vs. heart.

I haven’t written an update in almost a month because I’m stuck in that January-February slump. Though I’ve been pretty quiet about my new position as a volunteer greeter at the Art Institute of Chicago, it’s definitely a bright spot in my every-other-Friday. It’s an honor and a privilege to have such a responsibility at one of my favorite spots in the city, even if I’m grumbling during the long, cold walk to the bus stop. I can’t think of a better reason to get dressed (in something other than pajamas or workout gear) and put on makeup.

The Chicago Auto Show kicks off in a few days and I’m busy prepping a bunch of pieces for a couple of new clients, so let’s get down to business.

I wrote two profiles for the St. Michael’s College alumni magazine, which was an absolute pleasure, a challenge, and a nice change of pace. One piece was about two of the college’s priests’ approaches to preaching; the other, about a senior varsity volleyball player, stand-up comic, and all-around fun and funny girl. I’ve been pleasantly surprised that this piece has gotten more attention on social media than anything else I’ve written in recent memory.

When it comes to U.S. News & World Report, oh, I’m way behind! I took a look at the best all-wheel drive vehicles for winter, compared Subaru’s Forester and Outback, and provided some tire-buying advice. I also wrote an overview of the upcoming Mercedes G-Class redesign (which I can’t wait to see this week) and updated my overview of the redesigned Chevy Silverado. Finally, I did a ton of math to rank all 50 states by how much it costs to own a car.

For HowStuffWorks, I had some fun with Pantone’s Color of the Year and talked to an expert on sexism and sports.

More to come in the next few weeks, including some work for those new clients I mentioned. Thanks to Death Cab for the song lyric. If you guys could come back to Chicago, that would be delightful, thanks!

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