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Love Essentially
is Jackie Pilossoph's dating and relationships column, published weekly in Better Magazine
(previously in Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press)

Column: Celebrating your late father on Father's Day
Chicago Tribune Media Group

By Jackie Pilossoph, June 14, 2017

For as long as I can remember, in the days preceding Father's Day, I'd find myself in a department store shopping either for a shirt or a bottle of cologne or some other gift for my dad. The funny part was, I think my father found more joy in unwrapping the gift than he did in the gift itself. I can still vividly remember how amused and even eager he seemed while tearing off the wrapping paper.

But this Father's Day will be different for me. No Macy's, no Bloomingdale's, no Nordstrom. There are no more gifts I can buy for my dad since he passed away this year.

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Column: A job description for moms
Chicago Tribune Media Group

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
Chicago Tribune Media Group

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
Chicago Tribune Media Group

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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