| Mar 28, 2010
"Welcome to Hollywood!" said the man in black who opened my car door.
"Welcome to Hollywood!" said the woman in black who checked me in.
Even the bellboy in black welcomed me to Hollywood.
I hadn't warbled my way into the " American Idol" finals. I was...
| May 18, 2010
| 11:00 AM
When I was a child, camping in style meant sleeping in a trailer and not having to use a flashlight to find the bathroom. Today, the great outdoors is filled with everything from inflatable bounce pillows to cappuccino carts and Wi-Fi.
I remember camping...
| Aug 8, 2010
On a steamy, drizzly morning, my friend Alejandra Cisneros leads us on a narrow dirt path through the flooded rice fields.
A few yards away, a dozen ducks march single file across a dirt berm, tails twitching, looking very businesslike. Local farmers...
| Mar 7, 2010
Sure, you could go out and see each and every one of the 10 Oscar nominees for best picture (up from five last year). But seriously, isn't that a tad extreme?
There's a faster, easier, less expensive way to protect yourself against tiresome outbursts ("...
| Dec 17, 2009
Whether you are a parent, aunt, uncle or friend of a child, there is often nothing more grating to the ears than the seemingly endless moan of, "I don't have anything to do." This holiday season, take it upon yourself to help cure those bouts of boredom...
| Sep 3, 2009
Forget 20-somethings twisting into overheated, tights-wearing pretzels. Yoga, dating back 5,000 years, is for all ages. Nearly 18 million Americans are finding stress relief, rejuvenation and many other reasons for taking part in this ancient practice. If...
| Jan 4, 2010
Before Tracey Mallett wrote "Super Fit Mama," she felt like a super fat mama.
The normally 115-pound fitness guru gained 55 pounds during her first pregnancy. She even delayed releasing a workout DVD because she didn't feel good about herself. It took...
| Dec 18, 2009
Most parents will do anything to maximize our children's potential, right? Perhaps not. As it turns out, some of the things we thought were helpful to our child's development are turning out to be a hinderance.
Many of us parents believe purchasing...
| Sep 18, 2007
Many of us haven't hada VHS player up andrunning since DVDs took over the living room. That means there is a big stack of aging videocassettes on the shelf storing everything from "ER" episodes we recorded back in the day to prized home movies (there's...
| Oct 12, 2007
| 2:43 PM
May 21, 2009
I LOVE ...
... the colorful spring flowers planted at City Hall and the Daley Center. It gives me a "lift."
-- Barbara Rieffel, Chicago
. . . Phil, the Navy Pier trolley driver, who befriends every passenger and is such a wonderful...
| Jun 19, 2008
Vikas Chinnan stood over a tank at the world's largest aquarium, peering down at the world's largest fish species. He was wondering what it would be like to jump in and frolic beside the whale sharks.
The creature approached, eerily quiet. It...