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Tribune staff reporterYou've seen the sign on Interstate 94 near Kenosha: Bong Recreation Area.Maybe you've snickered. Maybe you've kept a poker face in an attempt to maintain parental authority as adolescent hilarity erupted from the back seat. Or maybe you have a T-shirt...
Semi-frozen ponds, mallard ducks and snow: A winter hike through the River Trail Nature Center in NorthbrookTribune staff reporterMay I suggest the River Trail Nature Center? A helpful fellow suggested it to me at the recent Wild Things conference on the Chicago area's natural habitats and wildlife. He was one of a number of knowledgeable folks who offered to share their favorite...
This story contains corrected material, published June 16, 2006. We drew from all quarters of the periodicals universe in compiling this year's selections. And what can we say about the choices? They're eclectic, accessible and they reflect the tastes of...
Tribune staff reporterThe Lofts - 55 E. Nationwide Blvd., - Columbus, Ohio; - 800-73LOFTS; www.55lofts.com Who knew Columbus was so cool? My husband and I had no idea. But when work brought us here, we found it to be nothing like we expected. There was a large and...
Tribune ReporterThis is how fast it can happen: One day Patrick Robbins was a sportswear buyer at Mark Shale earning $110,000 a year. The next day he was laid off, with no severance. Within a week, the family was on Medicaid and had applied for food stamps. Soon his...
Tags: Health, Social Issues, Family, Arkansas, Unemployment
Special to the TribuneChatting with Barbara Brotman is like talking to a good friend. She made us feel really comfortable and relaxed. We forgot we were talking to a Columnist for the Woman News section of the Chicago Tribune because she asked us more about ourselves and she...
Tribune staff reporterWhen tragedies strike, there are usually more questions than answers about the human condition. Here is a healthy dose of perspective about postpartum depression, supplied by a number of experts: Q. What is postpartum depression? How does a woman know if...
Tribune staff reporterIn light of recent, tragic events, healthcare workers are seeing an increase in the number of women trying to sort out their feelings and medical needs following childbirth. Krista Haberkorn was en route to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago...
Tribune staff writerWe parked the minivan next to a corn field, and my two city girls clambered out and beheld country heaven. "A hayloft!" they cried in unison, their previously desperate interest in dinner forgotten. The world of "Charlotte's Web" had appeared before them...
Tribune staff reporterMaheen Sheikh, a 21-year-old junior, rushed into the Loyola University Muslim Students' Association mosque, tied a scarf around her head and faced Mecca to pray. Just then the secular interrupted the divine, in the form of her ringing cell phone. "No...
Tribune Staff WriterOur daughter Robin surveyed the snow-frosted peaks spreading out for miles and the cows grazing on a mountainside so steep it looked like they might roll off. "This is why I came to Italy," she said. Italy? Funny -- it sure looked like Austria. There...
Tags: Landforms, Metal and Mineral, Rivers, Weddings, Personal Service
Barbara Brotman has been a reporter for the Chicago Tribune since February 1978. In February 1994, she began a weekly column in the WomaNews section. She also writes feature stories for WomaNews. She wrote the "About the Town" column for the Tribune from...
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