A harborous disposition

A harborous disposition

Sociologist Robert Putnam wrote a book some years ago entitled, “Bowling Alone.” Bowling, unbelievably, is the most participated in sport ...

September 7th, 2015 updated: September 7th, 2015. |  


Politicians are failing us on the economy

A couple of months ago, the Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report on the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. Not to put too fine ...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


Little room to maneuver in next recession

With its policy interest rate still at near-zero percent, and deficits much smaller than was seen in the wake of the financial crisis, the Federal Res...

September 3rd, 2015 |  



Do not kill police officers, black people, white people or any people

I had never heard of Chicago suburb Fox Lake police officer Joe Gliniewicz. Recently, three men murdered him. Sadly I now know about what a great man,...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


Family Fundamentals: Blended families need time, patience

Family Fundamentals: Blended families need time, patience

Q: My husband and I married this summer. It’s a second marriage for both of us, and we each brought children into the family. Everything seemed ...

September 1st, 2015 |  


What’s in a name?

Sports fans go nuts this time of year. Baseball fans are watching pennant races heat up; football fans are watching the NFL take the gridiron to kick ...

September 1st, 2015 |  


How the tooth fairy can teach your kids about money

How the tooth fairy can teach your kids about money

When those first baby teeth start wobbling, you and the Tooth Fairy can combine forces to teach your kids about money.Visa’s latest annual Tooth...

August 31st, 2015 updated: August 31st, 2015. |  


School lunch may be healthier than packed

School lunch may be healthier than packed

Q: Generally, which is healthier for kids, a packed lunch or a school lunch?A: Obviously, this could go either way, depending on the content of the ac...

August 31st, 2015 |  


5 ways to help prepare children for success

5 ways to help prepare children for success

The new school year has started and families are busy with classes, homework and extracurricular activities. This time of year, though, often leaves p...

August 31st, 2015 |  


Money prep for prospective parents

Money prep for prospective parents

It costs parents an average of $245,340 to raise a child from birth to age 18.That figure from the U.S. Agriculture Department is just one reason why ...

August 30th, 2015 |