Man at desk with many electronic devices

Have you ever found yourself obsessively checking emails even though you went through them five minutes earlier? Are you unable to make it through a meal, a business meeting, or even a social event without whipping out your smart phone to sneak a...

Person with house painting equipment

Tired of watching her mutual-fund portfolio shrink, this past May, Victoria  Granacki made a bold move. With her husband’s blessing, she took out an equity line of credit on their paid-for home in Chicago’s...

Book cover: Story of a Secret State

On May 29, when President Barack Obama conferred the Presidential Medal of Freedom on the late Jan Karski, all the attention focused – not on the heroics of the late Polish Underground resistance courier during World War II...

Two people chatting on a park bench

One of the greatest perks of travel is meeting new people. Conversation starters are easy: “Where are you headed today?” or “Are you traveling on business or pleasure?” If both sides engage, you will quickly arrive at...

yellow tomato

One of Marci Murphy-Fedderson’s main gardening goals this year is to plant a raspberry bush. While this might seem like a modest undertaking, it’s more impressive when you consider that the 51-year-old Utah woman doesn’t live on...

Honeycomb

When Berry Hines retired from the military in 1994, he was plagued with a host of medical conditions, including a floppy foot, slurred speech, reflux and a mini stroke. At that time, he and his wife Annie decided to eliminate processed foods,...

Spilling nail polish

Back when my son was born at the end of the last century, my eco-friendly energies focused on serving him organic food and deciding whether conscience would permit the use of disposable diapers. Like many green-leaning consumers, personal care...

Wanda Urbanska with son and mother in backyard

Every evening at 7 o’clock, my 89-year-old mother walks the short distance from her cottage in my back yard up the driveway and around to my front door. The ring of the doorbell signals the start of our nightly dinner ritual. Henry, my...

Street vendor selling purses

With money tight and the holiday season upon us, can you really blame anyone for scooping up name-brand boots, billfolds and CDs from street vendors or flea markets, or going online to score too-good-to-be true bargains? Okay, the merchandise may...

Screenshot: "My Water's On Fire Tonight"

When I told my fourteen-year-old son that I was writing my November blog about fracking, he gave me a curious look, as if the word in question was quite possibly obscene.

For the uninitiated, fracking – short for hydraulic fracturing...