Pick Your Powerful Nickname

You can also view the above video directly on YouTube by clicking here.

Did you grow up with a nickname? Did you always wish for one? Or maybe you wish you had a different one? In the 58-second video above, I’m inviting you to think of your very own nickname and live by it. You’d be surprised at what special skills you might acquire if you fully step into a new, or additional identity. You don’t have to tell anyone. My closest friends know me as Sydney for a certain spy character on television. And today, I unveil a new name which results in the sighting of a magical creature.

Pick your own nickname and your power. Keep it a secret or don’t, just step into it!

[Big thanks to my buds at Atlas Stationers for the props and space. Visit atlasstationers.com or the actual store, one of my Chicago faves, at 227 West Lake Street. And gratitude to my talented crew on and off camera!]

Ode to Taylor Street

MariosItalianLemonadebyRebeccaVillarrealListen to me perform this poem by clicking here.


monarch tattoo dances up her calf

lick Mario’s Italian Lemonade

cantaloupe her choice


twist your rubber neck down Taylor

for a marble doughnut glazed with 50 years

of Scafuri fingertips


pop down Loomis

the 157 keens your stop

lean forty-five degrees into Davanti’s Pizza della Terra

Taleggio tangling your tongue

leeks taunting taste buds

shrooms singing ballads

if I could marry you in Vegas

there’d be nothing left but crumbs


It’s time for Chicago’s Festa Italiana August 14-17!

Check out some of my favorite stops:

Davanti Enoteca– 1359 W. Taylor Street

Mario’s Italian Lemonade– 1068 W. Taylor Street

Scafuri Bakery– 1337 W. Taylor Street