| Nov 30, 2010
With twinkling Christmas lights, jingling sleigh bells and chestnuts roasting on open fires — not to mention inescapable holiday jewelry commercials hawking diamond rings — it's no wonder December reigns as the most popular month to pop the...
| Sep 28, 2010
| 12:33 PM
You've been dumped by a romantic interest you really liked. You've been passed over for a job by a boss you thought admired you. A group of friends is going out together, leaving you out of their plans. This kind of social rejection prompts your brain...
| Sep 19, 2010
The last thing I expected to see when I arrived at Club Med's Turkoise resort in the British West Indies was a gray-haired guy balancing on a walker. Before I had a chance to blink twice, another gray-haired guy rolled by in a wheelchair.
Was this the...
| Feb 19, 2011
Daytona Beach, of course, is all about speed.
That's obviously the case Sunday, when the flag drops on the Daytona 500.
Don't look around for me. As a longtime visitor to Daytona Beach, the last time I ventured anywhere near the Daytona International...
| Nov 8, 2010
You've heard the claims: Chocolate evokes that loving feeling. Eating fish makes you smarter. Pure carbs calm you down. If you are what you eat, as they say, then it certainly stands to reason that food can influence mood and brain power.
| Sep 23, 2010
In 2004, New York's Shelley Contin-Hubbs was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of breast cancer; two different doctors told her she could have as little as six months to live.
Contin-Hubbs found a third physician, one who was as optimistic and...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 5:41 PM
"Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life"
By Thomas Geoghegan
The New Press, $25.95, 336 pages
When Chicago author and labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan interviews a German banker in his new book "Were You Born on...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 10:56 AM
"Woodrow Wilson: A Biography"
By John Milton Cooper, Jr.
andom House, 2009, 702 pages, $35
President Woodrow Wilson, a confidant confided in his diary shortly after World War I, "will probably go down in history as the greatest figure of his time, and I...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 9:14 AM
By David Means
Faber and Faber, $23.00, 166 pages
It’s always interesting, I think, to notice the way in which we first discover the fine work of seriously gifted short story writers and novelists. Most of them don’t start out...
| Oct 22, 2010
| 10:17 AM
Unique things about our book club: The Darien Woman's Club started in 1970 and the DWC Book Group With Kids began as a social group within our club when most of our members were stay-at-home moms with little ones. We now have about 20 members and we...
| Nov 30, 2010
Spurred by growing concerns about the federal deficit, plans to curb Medicare spending are proliferating -- setting the stage for potentially bruising battles between seniors? advocates and budget cutters.
The proposals, put forth by members of...
| Sep 16, 2010
The message that " mental illness is just a disease" isn't reducing stigma. It's actually making the stigma worse.
That's the conclusion of researchers who examined the attitudes people hold about schizophrenia, depression, and substance abuse over a ten...