| Feb 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Liz and Mark Ostoich were staying at the Willows, a boutique hotel in downtown Palm Springs, when they had the idea to buy a home in the desert resort town. They looked up at the hillside where they now reside and told themselves that if they were to live...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Laugh all you want at those old public-access television clips of the late Dr. Gene Scott, the eccentric televangelist who sometimes wore two pairs of glasses at once and shouted at viewers to "Get on the telephone!" whenever his fundraising totals ebbed....
| Jan 26, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The essentials: North Pond
2610 N. Cannon Drive 773-477-5845
Looks like: Honeyed woods and umbrella-like chandeliers
Sounds like: A crackling fire, the tinkle and clank of glassware and the low murmur of conversation
Smells like: The season. Green and...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"If you liked 'Loving Frank' and 'The Paris Wife,' you'll love 'Freud's Mistress,' says Katie Couric.
Well, I took Katie's advice without even knowing I was taking it.
Several years ago, before the Internet happened, I read a book by two writers who...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 4:30 PM
One thing to know about our book club
We are the Jay Stream Middle School Book Club. We started in 2003, and we all are, or have been, staff members at Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream.
This piece first ran in Printers...
| Sep 9, 2012
YUCATÁN PENINSULA, Mexico — What's the Mexican drug-war body count now? 47,000? Ever since the killings began to escalate in late 2006, I've been visiting the country less and choosing spots more carefully.
But the Yucatán Peninsula was an easy...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 12:56 PM
While most travelers know to visit the Musee d'Orsay while in Paris or the Guggenheim Museum when in New York City, there are hundreds of buildings that get overlooked, either because of their location or simply the number of sites in the city deemed...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:27 AM
MILL RUN, Pa. - Masterpiece. Art. Perfection. Many fancy words and rapturous phrases have described Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house.
It's all true. But what is also true is that I kept thinking, wow, this house is not childproof. A...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 9:20 AM
In 51 years, no concussions. Despite low-hanging pipes that loop across ceilings and snake down walls, work spaces with clearances barely 5 feet high, and a tight maze full of blind spots where customers could easily collide — the Seminary Co-op...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:40 PM
Ada Louise Huxtable, the architecture critic who in two decades of writing for the New York Times became a powerful force in shaping New York City and was better known than many of the architects she was covering and certainly more feared, has died. She...
| Sep 16, 2012
In the depths of the Depression, architect Frank Lloyd Wright developed a housing style called Usonian. These middle-class homes were meant to be affordable and connected to their setting. They blurred the distinction between indoors and out, featuring...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 10:42 AM
LOTE began 20 years ago as an offshoot of parenting classes held at the elementary school. Now those fourth graders are all 30+ years old, and we still all live within walking distance of one another.
"Ladies of the Evening" was coined when we all had...