Making the most of a tedious bus ride

Making the most of a tedious bus ride 

Your daughter spends 45 minutes each way on the bus to middle school. Is there a way for her to minimize the boredom?

Create Facebook updates everyone will like

Create Facebook updates everyone will like 

Facebook, like all social media, is immediate and its contents inherently shareable, so how your message comes across matters.

Working overtime on office parties

Ask Amy: Working overtime on office parties 

Dear Amy: I feel like I'm drowning in office parties.

Grammar-grouching on 'myself' misuse

Grammar-grouching on 'myself' misuse 

If the misuse of "I" and "me" is an irritant, the abuse of "myself" is nothing short of a blot on humanity.

Life just turned on you. Your turn.

Life just turned on you. Your turn. 

Caryn Beth Rosenthal ceremoniously dumped her boyfriend of 10 years on July 5, 2009 — the very same week Maryjane Fahey was dumped...

What's a tooth worth? Tooth Fairy says it's now $3

What's a tooth worth? Tooth Fairy says it's now $3

We learned the other day that the average allowance given to kids is now $15, according to the American Institute of CPAs. Now comes word...

Mom thinks baby sitter might need baby sitter

Mom thinks baby sitter might need baby sitter 

Dear Amy: I have a concern about whether our baby sitter is paying close enough attention to my infant. Twice this week I...

Liver gone bad

Liver gone bad 

When it's good, it's great. But when it's bad, can it be saved?

Why do kids put things where they don't belong?

Why do kids put things where they don't belong?

When my son decided to stick a Lego up his nose earlier this summer requiring a trip to the emergency room, a lot of questions swirled...

Newly separated man goes a little haywire

Ask Amy: Newly separated man goes a little haywire 

Dear Amy: Last week I separated from my wife, with zero intention of reconciling. Three days after the separation I met a woman at a...

Students need skills to pay the bills

TribU's Rex Huppke: Students need skills to pay the bills 

Let's be blunt: A degree isn't enough. The skills you can bring to the table are the true dealmaker in today's job market.

Alcoholism and denial worry brother's keeper

Ask Amy: Alcoholism and denial worry brother's keeper 

Dear Amy: I live overseas but recently spent almost two weeks in my brother's home with him and his family. He has become an alcoholic.

Remarkable Woman: Elaine Silets

Remarkable Woman: Elaine Silets 

A successful model-railroad business is just part of this entrepreneur's colorful life story

Weirdness with old flame creates issues

Ask Amy: Weirdness with old flame creates issues 

Dear Amy: I'm a 22-year-old undergraduate student. Recently, I started seeing an old "flame."

The Junior League's French connection

The Junior League's French connection

The City of Light was the inspiration for the Junior League of Chicago's Summer Soiree: Fete de Paris held at the Chicago History Museum...

Rafael and Cathryn Smeyers: Romantic comedy meets reality show

Rafael and Cathryn Smeyers: Romantic comedy meets reality show 

Their love story includes slapstick, international intrigue, crossed paths -- and, of course, a happy ending

Commuters cope with the urge to merge

Ask Amy: Commuters cope with the urge to merge 

Dear Amy: Please help me settle a dispute. I carpool with some people regularly, and we disagree about how to handle a common traffic...

Photos: Double-duty beauty

Photos: Double-duty beauty 

Save cash with these drugstore products that do more than one thing.

Girlfriend doesn't like too much ink

Ask Amy: Girlfriend doesn't like too much ink 

Dear Amy: Tattoos don't repulse me, but I don't like them.

More social media flair for you

More social media flair for you 

Why you should consider adding these 3 platforms to your social media arsenal

Overreaction to white attire at wedding shocking

Ask Amy: Overreaction to white attire at wedding shocking 

Dear Amy: I attended a wedding recently and was shocked to see that the groom's stepmother and her daughter were both wearing solid-white-...

Newbie's guide to navigating college classes

Newbie's guide to navigating college classes

Even the basic questions can seem daunting

Drug use may lead to couch surfing

Ask Amy: Drug use may lead to couch surfing 

Dear Amy: My 20-year-old son lives with me. He is a good person.

Kelly Wearstler:  Where maximalism and modernism meet

Kelly Wearstler: Where maximalism and modernism meet

Fashion and home often cross-pollinate, but few designers have cultivated both fields as successfully as Kelly Wearstler. Her mod-meets-...

 Five apps to help you organize your life

Five apps to help you organize your life

Each year the arrival of fall brings with it the urge to start over and get our house and routine in order. No one wants to be the one who...