Winnetka resident Linda O’Toole is co-chair of the Winnetka Public Schools Foundation (WPSF). An advocate for District 36 teachers and students, WPSF raises funds to provide educational grants to promote innovation, creativity, and academic excellence. On February 26 and 27, the 40-member WPSF volunteer board will host a two-day Phone-a-Thon at the Winnetka Community House. When not supporting WPSF, O’Toole can be found teaching and practicing yoga. Here is how this fundraiser stays zen and on trend.
IN HER EARBUDS
“Much of my time spent listening to music is about discovering the right songs for my yoga classes. It’s tricky—you need music that complements the practice without being distracting. My favorites: Trevor Hall, Mirabai Ceiba, Tina Malia, Mat Kearney, and Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah,’ performed by Jeff Buckley.”
ON HER MOBILE
“Elephant Journal focuses on the mindful life—yoga, sustainability, wellness, organics, arts, and adventure. Even if you don’t agree with every opinion that is expressed, you’ll find an interesting blog or post. A recent favorite is Kitchen Meditations: Real Food to Quiet a Busy Mind. The MINDBODY app lets you locate; read reviews; and book yoga, Pilates, fitness classes, and massages. It’s a must for anyone who travels and needs a great yoga class on the road. Merriam-Webster is a favorite standby for those of us who remember carrying a dictionary in their backpack and translates beautifully to an app. The word games are fun and challenging, and if you can crack the devilish level vocabulary quiz, you’ll feel like a scholar.”
ON HER NIGHTSTAND
“I have the good fortune to be in a book club with a group of smart, interesting, and diverse women. We recently read The Nix by Nathan Hill. The Nix features a complicated relationship mixed with challenges, a deep-seated sense of loss, political turmoil in Chicago during the late 1960s, and present day pop culture. I especially loved the mention of our now historic World Series winners—the Chicago Cubs.”