| Feb 3, 2015
| 1:30 PM
So here I am deep in the throes of writing my next book. I had better be because the manuscript is due to the publisher in less than a month, and I have already asked for one 30-day extension. I needed more time because I had to move in January, which...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 6:06 PM
When most people think about Knute Rockne they think about one of the most famous halftime speeches in sports history.
But Rockne's legacy stretches well beyond the campus of Notre Dame University and his "Win one for the Gipper" speech.
| Feb 2, 2015
Retail therapy might not be the best medicine, but aroma therapy makes scents.
These are among the secrets to spending smarter that can be gleaned from academia's study of consumer behavior, which examines not only what we buy but why.
Here are some...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 12:38 PM
Actors will bring to life a pajama-clad bunny and other characters from the beloved children's book "Goodnight Moon" this February.
"This is a show you have to see," said Debra Goldman, who directs the musical by the Highland Park Players.
| Jan 26, 2015
| 10:22 AM
In a surprise backstage maneuver involving British crooner Sam Smith's Grammy-nominated breakout hit, "Stay with Me," both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne's names have been added to the song's writing credits. Despite never having officially collaborated, Smith,...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 7:47 AM
Anyone who has attended Chicago jazz performances during the past couple of years probably has noticed her: a versatile young bassist who plays in far-flung bands and sings with uncommon delicacy and authenticity.
Last May, she played the world premiere...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 10:18 AM
Just after sundown on a January evening 55 years ago — Jan. 29, 1960, to be exact — Zora Neale Hurston died at the segregated St. Lucie County nursing home where she had been transferred in late October after suffering the first of two...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 12:47 PM
After 26 years as food editor at the Orlando Sentinel, Heather McPherson knows a lot about food in Florida.
"I like to think I do," she says. "But what I think is really exciting and what keeps me in this job is that I'm still finding surprises."
| Jan 23, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Barry Humphries sat at a table overlooking the pool of his Beverly Hills hotel and blew his nose. He had just arrived from his home in London and was suffering with a common cold — something it's hard to imagine ever getting the better of his...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 6:49 AM
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is starting a book club. My question: Who brings the wine? Is there an app for that?
Zuckerberg announced the book club on — where else? — Facebook. He intends to read a book every other week for an entire...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 2:12 PM
The secular world is having a good guffaw over the embarrassment of Tyndale House, a Christian book publisher that announced last week it was withdrawing from print its bestseller "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven."
The reason: The book's co-author...