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

Column: How do women really feel about playboys?

By Jackie Pilossoph, Oct. 5, 2017

The sight of an old guy hanging out in satin pajamas, surrounded by three or four beautiful young women might have been disturbing to me, had it been anyone other than Hugh Hefner.

In my eyes, Hefner, who died last week at the age of 91 seemed sort of sweet and harmless. Yes, the playboy who created Playboy was a sugar daddy who used his wealth, lifestyle and lavish parties to attract women a third of his age (or younger). But, he had charm, likability and a gentleness that made him seem like he couldn’t hurt a fly. In other words, I feel like Hefner was kind of a “nice” playboy.

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Column: Mark Suppelsa talks addiction, family, sobriety

By Jackie Pilossoph, Sept. 14, 2017

Mark Suppelsa still remembers what his wife, Candus, said to him seven or eight years ago.

"She would say, 'You're not you, you're distant, you're edgy, you're not as funny as you used to be,'" Suppelsa said.

Distant? Edgy? Not funny? That sure doesn't sound like the well-loved news anchor Chicago has been watching on three major networks for 25 years.

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Column: 6 reasons you should definitely have a dog for your emotional well-being

By Jackie Pilossoph, July 26, 2017

I've never considered myself a dog person, so I'm not quite sure how I ended up with a 3-pound Havachon puppy two weeks ago. Nevertheless I am now a dog owner and I'm not afraid to admit that I have unexpectedly become one of those dog lovers who thinks nothing of letting my puppy kiss me on the lips.

Despite my aversion to that wet dog smell, poop on the rug and licked furniture all over the house, I have to admit that I have fallen madly in love with this adorable, furry, cuddly, fun little pup, who showers me with kisses several times daily and who happens to by laying on my lap as I write this column.

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Column: 15 ways to nurture your relationship

By Jackie Pilossoph, July 5, 2017

A hobby I really enjoy during the summer is caring for the potted flower plants on my back patio. It gives me great joy to take a few minutes out of each day to water my geraniums, morning glories and other beautiful plants, pull out any weeds, and possibly shift their positioning for either more or less sunlight. It feels satisfying knowing that their vibrant colors and continued growth depend on my diligent effort to keep them thriving.

So last week, things got a little hectic in my life with work, out-of-town visitors and kids being home from school, and it was challenging to find five minutes to water my plants. This went on for a few days, until I finally looked out the window and realized my plants were wilting, with their usually bright petals drooping and a look that said, "Help us! We're dying here!"

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