Barbara Mahany is an author and freelance journalist beloved for her features and writing that appeared in the Chicago Tribune for almost thirty years. She is known for her writing at the intersection of nature, spirituality, interfaith considerations, and family. She is the author of Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door. Mahany lives in the Chicago area with her husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin. They have two sons, Will and Teddy.