| 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...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Picture an aging hippie who drinks red wine all day long, walks around barefoot, peppers every third sentence with "man" for emphasis and usually has a deep cut of some '70s-era album playing on the stereo. This is Syd. Every college town, I'm convinced,...
| Jul 18, 2012
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Q: I am searching for a recipe that appeared in your paper many years ago. It's called: Rose Lewis' $3,000 third prize Lemon Mustard Chicken. My copy is crumbling and would love to print...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 6:22 PM
Like everything else disrupted by the Internet, the public library has two choices.
There's the straight shot to oblivion, the one now occupied by the phone book, the music store and the printed photo album.
Or there is the way of Grumpy Cat....
| 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...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Gail Gygax flipped open the blue binder she had been carrying under her arm. On its cover was a shield emblazoned with the words "Gygax Memorial." She was all business, pleasant but driven, barely allowing me time thank her for meeting with me. She turned...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 6:08 PM
Not long after we moved to Emmaus, we discovered Martha Vines. She was the children's librarian at the borough library, and it was immediately obvious that she had been put on Earth to be this very thing.
It is a rare combination of patience and passion...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:31 AM
Celebrating Shakespeare's birth makes more sense than marking his death.
The birth, 450 years ago next week, started something unceasing, an industry of Shakespeare performances, publications and scholarship, in addition to the inspiration and wisdom...
| Apr 23, 2011
For Ken Brecher to say that being the president of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is the best job he's ever had -- well, that speaks volumes. Consider that he's run the Sundance Institute, the Boston Children's Museum and a major Philadelphia...
| Apr 2, 2011
Timothy Naftali is the kind of learned guy you'd want on your team when you play "Trivial Pursuit" -- a game that, like Naftali, originated in Canada. But for years, his home and his career have been in and about the United States -- books and studies...
| Mar 19, 2011
That guy Jack, of beanstalk fame? He was small potatoes. If you want real magic from beans, look no further than what has become of the lima bean and dairy empire of Orange County's Segerstrom family. It morphed into the gold of commercial real estate,...