I’ve got all my sisters and me

I’ve got all my sisters and me

It occurs to me, as my roll through this old life starts to pick up steam, that my sisters are two of the greatest gifts my parents ever gave me. A mutt-and-Jeff kind of twosome -- one feisty and fearless, the other mellow and a little more cautious -- Kathy and Jenny caboosed our family [...]

Oprah’s vision forward (produced from my mother’s rec room)

Oprah’s vision forward (produced from my mother’s rec room)

I witnessed the astonishing capacity for human connection via innovation Saturday morning in my mother’s basement. Manning her cellphone, three laptop computers and, on occasion, a hastily borrowed flip phone, my sister Jenny executive produced the final session of WW Presents, Oprah Winfrey’s Your Life In Focus: A Vision Forward virtual wellness tour. She and [...]

Author! Author! Aunt! Aunt!

Author! Author! Aunt! Aunt!

An extraordinary dual literary achievement in the Biskupic/Kostelnik family sent us all scurrying, coast-to-coast, to the bookstore yesterday. Two of my children's aunts had books drop the same day, so we proudly marched ourselves to Barnes and Nobles and local bookstores to celebrate. Joan Biskupic, CNN Supreme Court analyst, author, journalist, lawyer, wife, mother, sister, [...]

How many Kostelniks does it take to screw up an Italian Christmas cake?

Mario Bartali raves about the Italian cakes he sells at his cleverly named Chicago restaurant, Eataly. The Bauli description does sound heavenly with phrases like "irresistible fragrance," "amazingly fresh," "extraordinary," and "a magical moment." Also, I think my sister Jenny may have been influenced by the pretty purple packaging when she picked up Il Pandoro [...]