| Jul 15, 2011
A new website -- Sciddy (www.sciddy.com) -- is vying to be a "go-to" resource for seniors seeking discounts on just about anything. Although it's still very much a work in progress, you might find it a useful check for any place you intend to visit. But...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 5:11 PM
"First Family: Abigail and John Adams"
By Joseph J. Ellis
Knopf, 299 pages, $27.95
Before Barack and Michelle, Eleanor and Franklin and certainly before the brand otherwise known as Brangelina, came America's first power couple: John and Abigail Adams....
| May 6, 2011
| 12:32 PM
Surely Kim Barker is the only foreign correspondent to sum up Afghan President Hamid Karzai as "whiny and conflicted, a combination of Woody Allen, Chicken Little and Jimmy Carter," with a national government that "seemed about as effective as a student...
| May 2, 2011
| 3:24 PM
"The Trouble With May Amelia"
By Jennifer L. Holm
Atheneum, $15.99, ages 8-12
In rural lumber-harvesting Washington, in the 1890s, May Amelia might feel she has trouble enough, with seven brothers and a Papa who thinks "Girls Are Useless." Just recently,...
| May 20, 2011
| 2:04 PM
Chicago has been very good to Erik Larson, even though it greeted his latest visit with a nasty rain and temperatures more common to November than to mid-May, which was why we were talking in the bar of his downtown hotel rather than wandering city...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 11:51 AM
On my desk, books stacked as tall as a bantam rooster celebrate backyard chicken coops in suburbia, rooftop gardens in Queens and a dairy farm on Washington state's Vashon Island. They're filled with photos of people caressing bunnies, nuzzling horses,...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:41 PM
Poets Dave Landsberger and Kathleen Rooney will write impromptu poems on any topic 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce booth at Wicker Park Fest, Milwaukee and North avenues; $5 suggested donation will benefit 826CHI.
| Sep 5, 2010
Traveling can be tough enough, but if you or other family members suffer from food allergies, hitting the road can be a nightmare. About 4% of adults and up to 8% of children younger than 4 have allergies to various foods and additives, according to the...
| Oct 18, 2010
It's autumn in New England
The days are getting shorter. Wood piles are stacked high. Geese are flying south, and Indian corn is hanging from the door.
People in new L.L. Bean flannels stop their cars in the middle of the road snapping pictures or...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 9:52 AM
In the first few pages of "Rules of Civility," Amor Towles' wonderful debut novel, it's New Year's Eve in Manhattan, with 1938 a few hours away. Snow powders Washington Square's trees, gates and brownstones as the curtain is drawn back and "the ghost of...
| Feb 6, 2011
Let's play a quick word association game. I say "Houston," and you say, "(Fill in the blank)."
You probably did not answer "quirky." "Astrodome," maybe, or "humid," or "We've got a problem." All solid, serious words that evoke the opposite of quirk.