| Jan 12, 2010
| 7:40 PM
A column last week about a 35-year-old parka that has kept me toasty since I bought it as a teenager prompted readers to share their stories of old coats and dealing with frigid temperatures.
I shivered reading some of them. One reader described having...
| Dec 30, 2010
Are you always tired? Do you have trouble concentrating or get frequent headaches? If you work odd hours, you might have Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD).
"Shift Work Sleep Disorder is when someone has trouble sleeping because you work nights or have...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 2:33 PM
Hero. Ishmael. Ramsey. Sophie. Bonnie.
Those are, in order of appearance, the names of thedogs — all mutts — with whom I have shared my life from the time I was 4 years old. And if you listen to Wade Rouse — which you most assuredly...
| Mar 8, 2013
The first time I met Paul Durica, he was Ben Reitman.
This was a few summers ago at the annual Bughouse Square Debates, held by the Newberry Library in the small Washington Square Park across the street and celebrating the bygone era when that park...
| Sep 3, 2012
Parents are often told — by magazines, television news shows and Oprah — that they are doing things wrong.
Don't give kids regular milk; give them organic or they'll turn into mutant cow people. Don't use plastic cups, they contain BPA, which...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 3:09 PM
Conventional wisdom suggests that slaves in America were deemed property and, therefore, couldn't have possessed property of their own.
Dylan C. Penningroth, 41, a history professor at Northwestern University, has altered that notion with research...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:45 PM
Aleksandar Hemon landed in the United States two decades ago, January 1992. He was 27, a young Bosnian journalist from Sarajevo arriving on a one-month visa, arranged through a cultural exchange program sponsored by the State Department. Just after he...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 7:29 PM
This is a hard book to read, because while the story compels readers to read with urgency, the linguistic prowess is so stunning that one is forced to slow down and reread passages.
Narrated by Dell Parsons, surely one of the most memorable characters in...
| Nov 12, 2012
The problem with the bags of treats and trays of cookies that appear around the office this time of year is that if you don't eat them you get sent to prison. At least, that's what I told myself several years and several thousand Snickers ago.
| Jan 17, 2013
| 6:30 PM
John R. Powers, the author of the made-in-Chicago hit “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” and a nostalgist who helped thousands laugh at their complex memories of rigorous parochial schooling, died early Thursday morning. He was...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 10:08 AM
A $6 million gift to Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music will go toward the school's $117 million, 152,000-square foot Music and Communication Building, which is under construction on the Evanston lakefront and scheduled to open in fall 2015....