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Ontiveros: Another meaning to holiday lights, and a farewell

It’s been an honor to write about amazing Chicagoans.

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ONTIVEROS: The Dame’s got it all wrong on women and sexual harassment

What Angela Lansbury said is a bunch of royal horse manure.

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ONTIVEROS: I think I miss that soda pop tax

You know what would have happened if that tax had continued? I would have grown tired of trekking to Indiana. I'd have bought pop here or cut back.

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ONTIVEROS: Getting to know the uncle the war took away

War may take the enlisted, but it kills off a part of their loved ones, too.

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ONTIVEROS: Alicia Keys is terrific, but find your own beauty

If you really look at these #NoMakeup selfies, you’ll notice that while there isn’t makeup, there’s also nary an uncoiffed eyebrow in the bunch.

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ONTIVEROS: The heartbreaking loss of the South Chicago YMCA

Generations of Southeast Siders learned to swim at the South Chicago Y and belonged to the swim teams. Boxing was big, too. This was a busy place.

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ONTIVEROS: A Chicago find in search for Latino authors

Younger generations, who will have grown up on children’s literature with diverse stories and characters, will demand the same once they are adults.

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Ontiveros: Those dreaded childhood illnesses are gone, right?

The childhood diseases that vaccinations curtail weren’t easy to endure. Children got very sick. Children died.

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ONTIVEROS: Opportunity, dignity are part of chef’s ingredients

All that people need to understand, he says, is "how beautiful it is to do something for someone else. It saves your life."

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ONTIVEROS: James Taylor, and a good reason not to have bucket list

We spend so much time rushing ahead. Maybe like James Taylor we need to put some effort into looking at where we’ve been.