| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Face it, talking to your kids about debits, credits and collateral is probably not going to boost their money IQ. You need a new plan, and I'm here to help.
Here are some inspirational quotes and comments you can use as talking points the next time...
| Oct 30, 2012
Dr. Seuss' feuding Sneetches, some who "had bellies with stars" and "some with none upon thars," have nothing on pizza lovers, who divide fiercely into "squares" and "wedges" when it comes to slicing the pie. Now, a retired engineer thinks he has a way to...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 11:57 AM
The holidays are here before you know it and often gone before you've had a chance to sample any of the wonderful seasonal offerings. Taking a day trip to any of these destinations will provide a quick cup of cheer.
Shadrack's Christmas Light...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Chicago has a plethora of holiday shows each and every year — and I’ll be reviewing enough of them over the next couple of weeks to put Rudolph in rehab. But based on many years of seasonal theater-going, here are 10 of our potential favorites...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 3:30 PM
Perhaps more than any other Jewish festival, Passover is about telling stories. At the Seder, or ceremonial dinner, that takes place Monday on the first night of the holiday, Jews around the world will retell the biblical tale of the Israelites' escape...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Tomorrow is my least favorite minor holiday, April Fools' Day.
The Internet tells me that the origin of April 1 being a day for this sort of so-called merriment may be Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," a book-length collection of stories written in...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 12:21 PM
The Swann Gallery in New York is holding a large auction of 20th century illustrations that features the works of Maurice Sendak. There are many books by Sendak and those he illustrated, some original sketches, signed books and a first edition of "Where...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 11:26 AM
The American Library Assn. announced its 2013 book award winners Monday at its annual national conference, held this year in Seattle. While the best-known awards are the John Newbery Medal and the Caledecott Medal, there are dozens of awards, each of...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 5:16 PM
December is all about the holiday specials on TV, but you'll find other interesting viewing as well.
On Dec. 7 Sundance debuts "Restless," a gripping two-night miniseries about a former WW II spy. Nat Geo Wild kicks off its annual Big Cat Week Dec. 9...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. With apologies to Robert Frost, ice wouldn’t stand a chance in the world of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which lit the match on another incendiary holiday spectacle on Sunday at Amway Center. TSO...