A Love Letter for Sleep

Dear short sleepers, So many of you are in the news these days. And I’m genuinely worried about you. I’m sure you know who you are. You are the ones who work late into the night and rise early to get a jump on the day. Or you’re the ones who stay up well past […]

The Open Road

The Open Road

“I think I might have heard the highway call” — James Taylor, “Carolina in My Mind” We have a newly minted driver in our house. Because he’s our oldest, our son’s journey to get behind the wheel has been a source of great excitement, joy and a little (maybe more than a little) trepidation for […]

Want some advice?

Want some advice?

BY BETH ENGLISH Have you ever read advice columns? When I was growing up, the local newspaper was a staple in our house. My brother and I would fight over the comics, especially the full-color ones in the Sunday paper. But even during the week, I found lots to enjoy in the paper. After the […]

We need sleep. Oh, yes. We do

We need sleep. Oh, yes. We do

BY BETH ENGLISH There was a time when I was desperate for sleep. It was last night. Even with everything I’ve learned about the importance of sleep, two nights ago I stayed up to watch the Academy Awards. I have no idea why. I had seen only one of the best picture nominees. (“The Post”—it […]

Off to a fresh start

Off to a fresh start

BY BETH ENGLISH There’s just something about a fresh start. Every year, when Jan. 1 rolls around many of us feel invigorated. We begin the new year with resolve. This is the year we finally will give up sweets, make it to the gym five days a week and follow a budget. We will work […]

A Little Something Extra at Interzum Cologne 2017

A Little Something Extra at Interzum Cologne 2017

BY BETH ENGLISH Walking through the various halls at Interzum Cologne 2017 May 16-19 in Cologne, Germany, was a treat for the senses. Everywhere you looked, there was something to admire. As a first-time attendee, I enjoyed so much about this international show. All around us, conversations ebbed and flowed in various languages—some lilting, some […]

Consumer Reports Sheds Light—and Dark—on Mattresses

Consumer Reports Sheds Light—and Dark—on Mattresses

When Consumer Reports talks, people listen. So while we usually don’t write about other magazine stories in this column, we felt the publication’s February cover story, “Secrets to a Great Night’s Sleep,” warrants review. BY MARY BEST & BARBARA T. NELLES The 14-page feature opens with the results of a survey of 62,000 Consumer Reports […]