| May 24, 2014
| 6:00 AM
It was finally starting to feel a little bit like summer, and Crystal de Jesus wanted to spend her day off relaxing at the beach. But after a long bus ride to the Rockaways, she was dismayed to find bulldozers noisily pushing sand on the beach, the...
| May 25, 2014
I don't want to appear disloyal to the American charcoal, meat and beer industries, but Memorial Day isn't only for grilling and drinking.
And it's not only for empty politics from empty political suits.
Relaxing and having fun are part of a three-day...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 8:07 AM
Two weeks ago, a white supremacist opened fire outside of the Jewish Community Center and at an assisted living facility in Overland Park, Kan. He is charged with murdering three people.
After his arrest, he yelled "Heil Hitler" from inside a squad car....
| Apr 4, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Picture potato chips or chocolate — or any food you feel you can't resist. Chances are, your brain associates this food with a promise of happiness, says Kelly McGonigal, psychology instructor at Stanford University. But foods we have little control...
| May 18, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Overweight adolescents are indifferent about the weight of their friends, but not so the thin peers, who are more likely to choose friends whose weight status is like their own, researchers looking at teenagers' social networks say.
The role of...
| May 25, 2014
Fiona O'Connell is familiar with the working person's health care nightmare — the one where you get too sick to work, and then you lose your job, and then you have no insurance to pay for the treatment you need.
O'Connell lived that nightmare, and...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 2:20 PM
The Royal Society for the Arts recently released a brilliant little animation based on a lecture by Dr. Brené Brown in which she differentiates between empathy and sympathy. In this animation, a sad fox is at the bottom of a deep, dark hole. An empathetic...
| May 16, 2014
| 6:09 PM
June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, marking the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the end of World War II. People around the world will gather at museums and memorials to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the 175,000...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Over a decade ago, Ann Brashares wrote the first book of a series about four friends who form a sisterhood while sharing a pair of old jeans over a summer. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" achieved international acclaim and led to the "Sisterhood"...
| May 25, 2014
As commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District Chicago, Cmdr. Nancy Fink figures to have a busy Memorial Day weekend.
She, her children and any members of her Brownie troop who wish to attend will participate in two Libertyville events, including a...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 12:07 PM
Your 10-year-old daughter's BFF is moving away. How do you help her cope?
From our panel of staff contributors
Promise her a trip to visit the BFF if they remain in regular contact for a year. Tell her you'll let her pick out...