How to Knock Out a Wall and Not Regret It

Filed in Magazine Features

Depending on your aptitude for decision-making, the minutiae of a major remodeling project can be irksome or overwhelming. The range of options for knobs alone is staggering -- hand-burnished copper, brushed nickel, hammered brass, oil-rubbed bronze. But before you sweat the small stuff, there are larger issues to consider.    

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Have a Baby, Lose a Tooth!

Filed in Syndicated Features

South of the chin, it’s pretty obvious where a woman plumps up during pregnancy. Less noticeably, her gums become swollen, too. Not only are puffy gums painful, but they also pose a risk to the unborn baby.    

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Pay to Work? Sounds Like My Kind of Vacation!

Filed in Newspaper Features

My woodworking experience is limited to popsicle stick crafts, but that didn't stop me from paying beaucoup bucks to spend a week in Maine learning how to build heirloom-quality furniture. I came back with all 10 fingers and a solid cherry wood dining table, plus this story for the Chicago Tribune Travel section.,0,3219359.story    

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