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Love Essentially


is Jackie Pilossoph's dating and relationships column, published weekly in Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press

Column: A job description for moms
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By Jackie Pilossoph, May 3, 2017

I've had several different careers over the course of my professional life. Most jobs were challenging and enjoyable, some were easy and fun, a couple paid a lot but were unfulfilling, and one job I had was unbearable, meaning I cried every morning because I didn't want to go into the office.

But the best job I've ever had is the job of being a mom. It is by far the most valued position I've ever held. That said, motherhood is definitely the most challenging of any job on the market and it involves the most work.

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Love Essentially: Cross-trainers offer relationship advice
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By Jackie Pilossoph, April 20, 2017

Some people enjoy a leisurely Saturday morning sleeping in, drinking coffee and reading the paper. That used to be me until about six weeks ago, when I began doing a cross-training class at 8 a.m. on Saturdays.

"Leisurely" is the last word I'd use when it comes to cross-training, an intense, fast-paced, one-hour class that leaves me feeling like I just ran a marathon. Also known as circuit-training, it consists of roughly 25 different exercise stations, with 1 minute taken per rotation.

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Column: How to live with and love a spouse who has dementia
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By Jackie Pilossoph, March 8, 2017

As a little girl in the 1970s, I still remember watching "The Partridge Family" every week with my grandmother. I was a little too young to worship teen idols back then, but I still recall the magazine covers and posters of David Cassidy, with his long shag haircut and beautiful blue eyes.

It's hard to believe that anything bad could happen to the teen idol who seemed invincible to so many adoring fans. But last week, Cassidy, who is now 66, went public with the news that he has dementia.

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Column: Chicken nuggets can have a romantic side
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By Jackie Pilossoph, February 8, 2017

In my opinion, the chicken nugget could possibly be one of the worst food inventions of all time. Not only is its taste average at best, but the nutritional value … I don't even want to go there.

What's even worse is that the chicken nugget is introduced to kids at a very young age and for some bizarre reason offered as a meal option almost everywhere kids go. So kids become conditioned to craving deep-fried little pieces of chicken that are often filled with suspect ingredients. I just don't get it.

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