| 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...
| Jan 9, 2012
After what seemed an eternity of debates, the New Hampshire primary has whirred into life. Like a great creaky old grandfather clock striking the hour -- a reminder not only of passing time but that the grand old thing still has life in it.
| 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...
| Dec 1, 2012
My first dog was a golden retriever named Tisha. Tisha was quiet and friendly, a perfect golden for a 4-year-old boy; my mother swears that when we took her to the vet one last time, as the dog lay dying on the operating table, Tisha lifted her head at...
| 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...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 3:19 PM
Until recently I owned just two books that were composed of little else but pictures of people's bookshelves. Not nearly enough. One book I received last year for Christmas, a compendium of pictures of author's bookshelves, a sort of literary...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 11:32 AM
In 1971, when I was 8 years old and growing up in Rochdale in the North of England, I'd occasionally get to ride in the front seat of my parent's Hillman Imp. “Clunk Click,” my dad would say, “Every Trip.” I'd laugh at that. And...
| 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...
| May 24, 2012
| 2:33 PM
Since the weekend, Las Vegas has served as a sort of glitzy Maryland West -- with government and business leaders from the state attending the Global Retail Real Estate Convention in droves.
With galas and events at casinos, the annual four-day...