| Oct 13, 2013
| 5:00 AM
To Kevin O'Connor, the first straw was also the last straw.
In May, a start-up company he founded, Findthebest.com, got a letter from a Connecticut law firm explaining that it had filed a lawsuit accusing the start-up of infringing an obscure software...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 3:10 PM
(Paterson, N.J.) The other day Junot Diaz drove back to his home state. He had promised a college friend who teaches eighth grade here in this tattered, slate-colored, chain-link-fenced town, that he would make an appearance. And so he'd collected his...
| Apr 15, 2012
There was a time when job titles were simple. You were either "the boss" or "not the boss."
That has changed dramatically now that we have fancy things such as workers rights and business cards and egos.
Some companies are staffed by small armies of...
| Jan 1, 2010
| 1:49 AM
This column was published in January of 2010, a month before National Signing Day
There was a time when decommitting from a college after having originally pledged your services was big news.
"How dare they go against their word," everyone would...
| Sep 3, 2011
Two books — one old, one new — changed my mind about flowers.
Before reading them, my attitude toward flowers could perhaps best be described as "indifferent." I did not hate them, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to include them...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 11:20 AM
Joan Baez is calling from Paris the morning after a sold-out concert, and she’s seen the news reports coming out of Chicago.
“You have a number of activities going on in town, I understand,” she says with an understated laugh.
| Jul 26, 2011
| 12:38 PM
“Among the Missing” by Morag Joss, Delacorte Press, 255 pages, $25.
The narrator is a woman whose name isn’t given at first. She and her husband are visiting the Highlands of Scotland. She has just found out that she is pregnant and...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 2:51 PM
Want to invest in real estate? You're not the only one.
Investment home sales of all kinds surged a stunning 65 percent last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Some of those sales would have been to flippers, or investors who bought...
| May 16, 2012
| 11:32 AM
In 2008, the Obama campaign represented “Hope and Change” and inspired millions of voters to pull the lever for the unknown man from Illinois. At his campaign rallies, it was commonplace to see supporters fainting, overcome with raw emotion....
| Nov 4, 2012
| 2:33 AM
Jean Porter, the Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, at Cambridge, Mass.
Founded in 1780, the academy is one of the nation’s oldest...
| Oct 25, 2012
As Halloween approaches, we're reminded that while eye of newt and wing of bat may not have invaded the nation's restaurant menus, neck of lamb and ear of pig most certainly have.
It's commonplace to find pig ears, head cheese and pig's feet on menus....