| May 12, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Following bans on salvia and synthetic marijuana, Illinois lawmakers are now trying to curb the latest store-bought choice of people looking to get high: bath salts.
These are not the Epsom salts that Aunt Ethel used to sprinkle in a warm tub, nor are...
| Nov 11, 2010
| 6:13 AM
The case for health care reform became personal for Mandy Reynolds this summer, when she was dropped from her family's policy due to a pre-existing medical condition.
"When I had to pick up coverage of my own, it was way more expensive and not very...
| Jan 11, 2011
A reader asks: Are there other health insurance options besides high-risk pools for people who can't get coverage in the individual market because of a preexisting condition?
The answer: It depends on where you live.
Under the current health insurance...
| Jan 5, 2011
Is it feed a cold, starve a fever? Or the other way around?
With cold season upon us, parents are reviewing their folk wisdom and trading elaborate — if unscientific — protocols for reintroducing solid foods to tender tummies. Have you...
| May 19, 2011
| 7:41 PM
When Jennifer Quinn springs into the air at Xtreme Trampolines, the 35-year-old feels like a kid again.
"It's a really fun place," she said of the Carol Stream warehouse, where the public can jump around on trampolines stitched together like a giant...
| Jul 2, 2011
The next summer blockbuster can be in your backyard.
With a projector, a makeshift screen and proper planning, you can host your neighbors for al fresco DVDs and a side of Wii Sports Bowling. To pull it off on the cheap, you need your own projector, or...
| May 13, 2011
| 3:12 PM
May 28-29: Mackinaw Music and International Wine & Beer Fest, Mackinaw. Wine and beer tasting, along with a variety of musical entertainment at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. Fee applies; 309-359-9463; tinyurl.com/3gofqou. Miles from Chicago: 160...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 12:19 PM
Winter brings a long layoff for gardeners -- too long for some.
There are only so many gardening catalogs to page through, only so many planting schemes to dream up. After a while, you just want to get your hands dirty.
We have some suggestions....
| Jan 5, 2011
We have a soft spot for idiom blends.
It might date back to the time a friend warned us not to put the barn door before the horse, which, if memory serves, was her way of saying to take things one step a time. Sure, "Don't put the cart before the horse"...
| Nov 5, 2010
Is there any reliable do-it-yourself equipment to convert 8mm film? I have thousands of feet, both mine and stuff my father-in-law took as far back as the mid-1940s.
A lot is junk, but I don't know how I could edit it before it's copied given the age...
| Jul 19, 2011
Q: What wines can you drink with asparagus?
—Jennifer M. Roberts-Rindskopf, Westerville, Ohio
A: Asparagus and wine, oy! Asparagus can make an ill-chosen wine taste too sweet or metallic. I remember once conducting a wine pairing with asparagus...