| Oct 15, 2010
There's just no denying it any more. Itchy, gross bedbugs are back in the United States, and their rapid spread has many thinking an epidemic is well underway. Residents of New York, Chicago, the Midwest, Alaska and elsewhere are currently coping with...
| Aug 24, 2011
With new findings on emerging contaminants, lead and hexavalent chromium in local tap water, it's natural for Chicago-area residents to wonder if they should be filtering the water they drink.
And, if so, what filter should they use?
| Jan 17, 2011
So you've decided to put in a garden. Planning is more than choosing which flowers or vegetables you want. A successful garden needs careful consideration. That starts with the most basic question: What are you trying to do?
"Assess your needs and...
| Sep 28, 2010
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The less a frequent traveler thinks about hotel rooms, probably the better. But let's indulge for a moment.
All the comings and goings mean hotel rooms are prime candidates to host the tiny creature that has been getting plenty of press lately: the...
| Oct 3, 2010
It was like a lottery-winning moment for birders. I looked up through the windshield, and there it was: brown and striped, gliding toward a tangle of reeds a few feet from our car — an American bittern.
Bitterns are common at Gray Lodge Wildlife...
| Oct 10, 2010
Man does not live by bread alone, and families can't count on theme parks for all their adventures. Here are 10 relatively unthemed Western destinations, all best enjoyed in the company of a 10-year-old:
Cable cars, San Francisco: Of the three routes...
| Jan 16, 2011
Having dinner with Michael Kors is like having dinner with Auntie Mame. When you sit down with him, you know nobody is going to be at a loss for words or laughs.
Over hamburgers and vodkas a few nights before his spring runway show last September, he was...
| Feb 5, 2011
With the future of manned NASA missions uncertain, diversions along the Space Coast of Central Florida are becoming less about space and more about the coast.
Not to worry. Towns such as Melbourne, Cocoa Beach and Titusville offer plenty of coast to...
| Jan 12, 2011
Even as more Americans embrace sustainable food, meats often remain the final frontier. Grass-fed, pastured and organic meats can produce wonderful meals, but they can be hard to find, more expensive and a challenge to cook just right.
Still, with a...
| Jan 16, 2011
Even when you tell people where Tioman Island is — that it's a patch of jungle off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia — you'll still get no glimmer of comprehension. Fine with me, because that makes Tioman everything I want in a castaway...
| May 14, 2011
Some of the best attractions in Florida — the beaches, sunsets and environmental gems — remain blissfully unchanged over time. Yet there are always new diversions, from museums and attractions to quirky stops that shout "only in Florida."...