| Apr 3, 2012
| 1:13 PM
Our group is ALIOS, which stands for "A Little Island of Sanity." We are nine Lombard women who have been meeting in our homes since September 2005.
Favorite book: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. We spent most of the evening talking about it,...
| Jan 4, 2012
When it comes to sportswriting, I tend to subscribe to George Plimpton's small-ball theory: The smaller the ball, the better the writing about the sport. This has a lot to do with my own biases (I'm a baseball fan, not much interest in basketball or...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 10:07 AM
TORONTO — Luminato, the festival of arts, culture and ideas that just concluded in Canada's largest city, has only been held for four years. But this citywide extravaganza already attracts a collective audience in excess of 1 million and spends...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Our book club has only three members. We work at the same company, which allows for ongoing discussion of the book as we read. We've been together for almost four years and are on our 38th book.
Sometimes our book selection inspires field trips....
| Jul 29, 2011
| 12:49 PM
We call ourselves the "Diving Club," which leads some people to think our club is of an aquatic nature, but the name actually refers to the fact that we dive right into whatever we're reading. We started out in 2000 as a neighborhood Bible study of...
| Oct 24, 2011
Most middle-age guys, especially impeccably groomed, quietly confident, North Shore-bred corner-office-types, might take a passing comparison to George Clooney in stride, with an aw-shucks grin or self-deprecating chuckle.
But Challenger, Gray &...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 1:54 PM
When it comes to responding to public information acts quickly, the state's larger jurisdictions could learn a lot from tiny Havre de Grace.
Back in May, about 40 members from the state and seven local governments attended the Global Retail Real Estate...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 3:29 PM
In 2008, when Malcolm Gladwell wrote a New Yorker essay called “Late Bloomers,” author Ben Fountain served as exhibit A. The story outlined how Fountain had given up a solid legal career to pursue writing. After 18 years — during which...
| Aug 6, 2012
When Steve Bernas took over as CEO of the Chicago region's Better Business Bureau, the only employer he's ever known as a professional, it was a baptism by fire.
Bernas was being groomed to take over, but he only took the reins in 2007 because his...
| Sep 30, 2012
The Signal and the Noise
Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't
Penguin Press: 534 pp, $27.95
Political consulting and punditry are worlds where merit is all too often a minor...
| May 31, 2012
Life is different driving 200 miles an hour.
The magnitude of what you're doing — traveling fast enough to lift a loaded Boeing 747 off the ground — is belied by a surprisingly calm environment. It's quiet, almost, save for some low wind...