| Jul 8, 2014
| 7:32 PM
I was glad to see Jesus has returned to my church. He had been gone for about six months.
I'm speaking, of course, about the statue of Jesus outside the church, St. Ann's in Emmaus. Jesus is inside all the time, they tell us, at home in the tabernacle....
| Apr 16, 2014
| 2:30 AM
It's that time again to hear from readers, and you do have a lot to say! Keep those emails coming to email@example.com.
READER COMMENT: Puppy mills are deplorable. I'm glad to see so many cities banning pet stores from selling dogs and cats from these...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 3:17 PM
— On the unforgiving island of Inishmaan, off Ireland's west coast, right by the Old Sod but peering out enviously in the direction of the Yanks, a young fella named Billy, who happens to suffer from a physical deformity, is not just Billy. Not in...
| Apr 23, 2014
Two true Chicago stories.
They both happened on the same Sunday in April.
Story one: A teenager pushing a man in a wheelchair down South Michigan Avenue is shot twice in the abdomen in a drive-by shooting.
Story two: On the day before his 11th...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Thursday in Paris, with two or three additions to the main competition likely still to come, Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux announced the selections for the 67th edition of the world's premier collision of cinematic art, naked commerce...
| May 22, 2014
| 12:22 PM
Many well-regarded films competing for the 67th Cannes Film Festival awards, to be announced Saturday, are concerned primarily with matters of the heart, obliquely drawn.
"Mommy" is not one of them. It is a mother/son story of immense, gut-centric...
| Jun 26, 2011
In a deservedly obscure village among the green hills and dairy farms of Ireland's midlands stands a pub that has been turned into a shrine to Barack Obama. In the back room of Ollie Hayes' saloon, a large and markedly unattractive fake-bronze bust of the...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Like nostalgia, senior status in travel isn't what it used to be. Gone are those golden days of airline senior coupons and senior clubs; of 30 percent hotel discounts, and such. As the bookend to my earlier column on how seniors fared in 2013, my view...
| Oct 1, 2013
Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright?
Maybe those are the wrong questions....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 1:28 PM
If you had to hire an outside company to run the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's enrollment website, which would you rather have: a goody-two-shoes outfit that doesn't know what it's doing or a competent, well-known consulting firm that makes...
| Nov 25, 2013
About six months ago, “Philomena” star Steve Coogan—the hilarious English actor perhaps best known in America for his roles in “Tropic Thunder” and “The Other Guys”—shot a pilot called “Doubt” in...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 2:57 PM
A slew of Lehigh Valley retailers, including the Moravian Book Shop and Boscov's department store, are reporting holiday sales ranging from slightly down to slightly up compared with the same period in 2012. The figures fall in line with national...