| Jul 19, 2010
| 3:05 PM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- An elderly couple were found dead of apparent heat exposure after spending several days trapped in a stuck elevator.
When the elevator in their home got stuck between floors, Sherwood and Caroline Wadsworth found themselves...
| Jul 25, 2010
I was recently invited to review a superb jazz festival in Cheltenham, about two hours west of London, in the Cotswolds.
"You're going to the Cotswolds?" my friends gushed.
"Yes," I said. " Hugh Masekela will be there. And Jack DeJohnette. Nigel...
| Jul 28, 2010
Jean Peacock has made a fortune off eBay — but she hasn't taken a dime of the profits. She spends hour after hour bidding on products for the Assistance League of Glendale, where she's in her second term as president.
Her haul has included carved...
| Aug 31, 2010
First came the idea for a game. Then came the plan for a cause.
When Bill Solboe originally envisioned Music Mayhem, it was as a board game in the late '90s — the result of a long car ride with college buddies, during which they passed the time...
| Aug 21, 2010
The first one came at 5 p.m. the day before: "Happy Birthday, mate! Go the Leos!"
David's an Australian in Germany, which justifies his use of the word "mate," and the fact that his birthday greeting hit me on Facebook before the actual day. It's nice...
| Aug 23, 2010
QR codes are ushering in a new era of mobile consumerism, bridging social media and barcode scanning technology so anyone with a smart phone can quickly look up special deals at a restaurant or a product review from a friend, many of which will end up...
| Aug 27, 2010
Battling stomach pains and fatigue, JoAnn Chiakulas would take the train into the city each morning knowing that her resolve was disappointing some people and infuriating others.
But the 67-year-old grandmother said she also knew that as a juror in Rod...
| Sep 1, 2010
Use it or lose it—your mind, that is.
Keeping your mind active stimulates brain neurons, strengthens neuron connections and generates new neurons—all of which reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer's symptoms, according to research...
| Aug 9, 2011
Hey, you! Yeah, you with the Sunday paper, fussing with the crossword puzzle and the dregs in your coffee cup. Your spinach-cheddar omelet has been history for an hour. Time to clear out. There are 20-plus people waiting for a table.
I sound like a...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 2:42 PM
I love ...
...the friendly and caring help I received from Dr. Lee Francis and the underrated staff at Erie Family Health.
-- Walter Brzeski, Chicago
...the large crossword puzzle with the answers that appears every day in the Auto Mart section.
| Aug 31, 2011
| 5:03 PM
A reader recently contacted me asking for copies of the series of articles I wrote in May 2009 regarding transportation options once one has given up driving. Here is the first of that series. The other two will follow in the coming weeks.
| Mar 25, 2011
| 3:35 PM
America's funny lady, Carol Burnett, doesn't dwell on the past. She embraces it.
"I have some wonderful stories to tell, especially about the show," she says.
"The show," of course, is the legendary "Carol Burnett Show" that ran on CBS from 1967-1978....