| Oct 13, 2013
My memory of this isn't perfect, but sometime during third grade, my mother told me I wasn't allowed to read a book.
It was "Julie of the Wolves" by Jean Craighead George. At the time I was on a mission to read every Newbery Medal-winning book I could...
| Mar 28, 2014
Each year Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) endeavors to rank the most and least literate cities in America. Washington, D.C., has claimed the top spot four years in a row. Seattle, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Pittsburgh are the other members of...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 2:00 PM
How I miss the random discoveries of the library card catalog. The pull of the drawer, the worn edges on the cards, how the row seemed to fall open on the popular letters — like A or S.
In this day of algorithms, with no chance meetings, when...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 3:08 PM
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the chances of your child someday becoming a professional athlete are one in 21,322. The chances of making more than the median wage for a professional athlete?
One in 42,644.
And what is the median...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Where was Kokopelli when he really was needed around here?
Kokopelli is the ancient Anasazi dancing flute player seen everywhere around the Four Corners states of the Southwest and I keep a little Kokopelli figurine on both motorcycles, in my car and on...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 2:05 PM
It should be relatively easy to get voters in the Parkland School District to approve a new tax to fund a new library.
The levy would hit the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 with an extra $19 a year, which is peanuts in most of the affluent...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 8:36 PM
Among the things I've learned as a columnist is that two people can read the exact same piece and glean entirely different meanings.
That's what happened with last Saturday's column, which scoffed at a plan by the nation's pediatricians to prescribe...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Every so often, we get a poignant reminder of what has been lost now that letter writing has been replaced by texting, emoticons or nothing at all, if you're a politician afraid to commit anything to paper for fear it will show up on page one or be read...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 6:19 PM
For a woman of mystery, the late North Shore nanny Vivian Maier certainly is easy to find these days. The latest installments in the posthumous story of Maier and the compelling photographic images she snapped — but rarely developed — come...
| Jul 14, 2014
A few years ago, Jeff Tangel read a story about an elderly man in Wisconsin who built a model of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a teacher who had loved books. The man placed the model on a wooden pedestal — which made it resemble...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The ways in which parking spaces devour a city, LACMA director Michael Govan's defense of his museum's architectural plans and one of the awesome-est documentaries about L.A. — finally released on DVD! Also: pit bulls, lots of pit bulls (but not the...