| 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Every so often, we get a poignant reminder of what has been lost now that letter writing has been replaced by texting, emoticons or nothing at all, if you're a politician afraid to commit anything to paper for fear it will show up on page one or be read...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...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 8:52 PM
This has been the summer of staying home, with nothing much to do.
I used to look forward to family vacations with my daughters, whether we were schlepping to Ohio to visit relatives or lounging on a beach in Jamaica.
But the daughters are grown, with...
| May 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Not long ago, I went down to the city of Orange (founded 1869, incorporated 1888) to Chapman University, in search of the late Huell Howser.
Howser died in January 2013 at the age of 67, having publicly retired a few months earlier from what was still a...
| Feb 4, 2012
Capable ensembles of early-career actors aren't uncommon in Chicago's huge, non-Equity theater scene — increasingly the preferred theatrical destination for the well-trained and only just out of school.
These days, open-minded, risk-inclined...