In these hyper-connected, over-shared times dwell two kinds of people: those preoccupied with taking and uploading photos of themselves and those who have never heard of the selfie. The raunchy, goofy, poignant, sexy or drunken self-portrait has been a common sight since phone camera met social media. Now, nearly a decade since the arm-extended or in-the-mirror photos became a mainstay of MySpace .... Read More
  • Physical exam by smartphone becoming real possibility

    By hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone, you could almost get a complete physical – without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor’s office. Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading. Heart OK? Put your fingers in the right spot, and the squiggly rhythm of an EKG appears on the phone’s screen. Plug in a few more devices and you could have photo.... Read More
  • Five things to look for when choosing a dentist

    Choosing a dentist can be daunting. How do you know if your dentist is up to date with the latest technologies? That he or she has been keeping up on the latest in care? That equipment is clean? And that the billing process will be a smooth one?  Some of us are so daunted, we simply avoid dentists altogether. That is not a smart strategy.  According to the federal government’s “Healthy Pe.... Read More
  • Avocado sauce adds healthy surprise to fish tacos

    Folks in Mexico’s coastal cities – where fresh fish is plentiful – have been enjoying fish tacos since before the arrival of the first Europeans.  Traditional fish tacos consist of battered fish topped with shredded cabbage, a drizzle of citrus mayo, all wrapped in a corn tortilla. But there’s plenty of room for variation. My version is light on calories but heavy on flavor. The fish is l.... Read More
  • Vitamin K2 | The end of osteoporosis?

    You’ve probably heard of Vitamin K as a natural aid in wound healing and blood clotting. Topical creams and gels containing the vitamin are commonly available in drugstores, where they’re sold to treat bruises. But that Vitamin K is actually Vitamin K 1, and it’s only half of the story. The other half is far more extraordinary, according to Dr. John Whitcomb, a board-certified physician in a.... Read More
  • Gay-friendly wines come out in California

    Wineries are coming out loud and proud in their support of gay marriage. They’re putting it right on the label. “Little by little, we’re breaking down the barrier,” says Gary Saperstein of Out in the Vineyard, a tour company based in California’s Sonoma wine country that caters to gay travelers. One of the barrier-breakers is Same Sex Meritage, a red blend that sends its message on the b.... Read More
  • Cool vibes and great pizza are recipe for success at Via Downer

    When we think about gourmet cuisine, pizza rarely comes to mind. But the latest iteration of a familiar restaurant space on Milwaukee’s East Side has the potential to change our point of view. VIA Downer, which opened in 2010, operates in the space once occupied by Pizza Piccolo and Ristorante Bartolotta – neither of which achieved VIA Downer’s popularity. The atmosphere is urban cool, and t.... Read More
  • Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city

    This mayoral hopeful in Mexico promises to eat, sleep most of the day and donate his leftover litter to fill potholes. Morris, a black-and-white kitten with orange eyes, is running for mayor of Xalapa in eastern Mexico with the campaign slogan: “Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.” And he is attracting tens of thousands of politician-weary, two-legged supporters on social media. “He sl.... Read More
  • Island of seduction | Architecture, lifestyle of New York’s Fire Island celebrated in two new books

    The way a kid feels that day before the last day of school before summer vacation? That’s the way Fire Island fans feel before the long Memorial Day weekend. The way a kid feels that day before the first day of the new school year? That’s the way Fire Island fans feel about Labor Day weekend. You can read it in the tweets city-dwellers broadcast before Memorial Day weekend – the longing mess.... Read More
  • Catching some (sting) rays at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

    Petting a stingray is something I decided to do for the experience rather than the pleasure. But as I discovered at the Shedd Aquarium’s current exhibit “Stingray Touch,” the sensation of touching a stingray’s back as it glides effortlessly through the water is anything but unpleasant. Open through October, “Stingray Touch” is the Shedd’s sole exterior exhibit. Housed under a brown c.... Read More