| Sep 12, 2012
| 5:53 PM
To really get a patient's attention, doctors say, you must start from where they are.
And where they are these days may be on their phone or computer, tweeting, texting, posting on Facebook.
But Twitter, blogs and text messaging aren't in the comfort...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 8:00 AM
It was back to school -- again -- for hundreds of thousands of Chicago Public Schools students this morning, including Carter and McClaran Shirley who were excited to get back with their friends.
Carter, a sixth grader at Abraham Lincoln Elementary...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 7:40 AM
We recently dug up part of the backyard that had been ruined by doggie play and bathroom duties.
The baby grass was finally strong enough to withstand walking. It looked beautiful — a patch of clean green grass is rare around here in a multi-dog...
| Aug 8, 2012
Too bad the sandman exists only in fable. A quick sprinkle of his magic dust would make bedtime so much easier for parents, especially when stay-up-late summer gives way to the go-to-bed-early school year.
"Summer sleep patterns are understandably...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 5:49 AM
The Republican presidential ticket capped off a whirlwind swing-state tour with an emotional outdoor rally Sunday night in Wisconsin.
Supporters in Rep. Paul Ryan's home state gave their native son a hero's welcome, prompting the vice presidential...
| Mar 25, 2013
If she had played at UConn, Elena Delle Donne would have been a rock star, not only in Delaware, but everywhere. If she had stayed at UConn for more than two days, she not only would have had won two national championships, she could have run the table....
| Feb 15, 2013
| 8:59 AM
My daughter and son-in-law have two Austrailian shepherds — a 9-year-old male they've had since puppyhood and a 5-year-old female they recently rescued. They leave the dogs with us when they travel. The rescued female dog seems afraid of my husband....
| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:12 AM
Last month we discussed basic house training procedures, using management and a routine. Several readers emailed me for my house training log, which can be a crucial step in understanding your dog's schedule.
But what if you are still having problems?...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 9:26 AM
I have developed separation anxiety for the first time in my life. In the 10 years I've been dating I've never been one to be overly attached to my mate. I mean I'm full of affection and miss my beloveds when we're apart but this time it's different. My...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 2:30 PM
School social worker John LaPlante Jr. saw how the Newtown massacre could trigger trauma in children, even among those without a direct connection to the victims.
LaPlante recently worked with four students at the Middle Grades Academy at West Middle...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 12:41 PM
This school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is just devastating. I can't find words to express how my heart is breaking for these children, their families, the school staff, the community. I just want to go get my two boys and hug them forever. But how to...