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Vanessa Renderman

FROM the FARM: Readers looking for special cookie recipes

FROM the FARM: Readers looking for special cookie recipes

Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Renewing four decades of love

My parents stood before the altar last Saturday, he in a gray suit, and she in an ankle-length pink dress and a cane to lean on.

July 14, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: It's sad when children become commodities

MARC CHASE: It's sad when children become commodities

Could you put a price tag on the time you spend with your children -- or worse yet literally barter your children away like property?

July 09, 2013 12:00 am
SLICE OF LIFE: Soldiering through the storms

SLICE OF LIFE: Soldiering through the storms

A package of chicken breasts. A four-pack of chocolate- and coffee-flavored Greek yogurt. A 15-foot section of fence.

June 30, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Teaching life lessons on Father's Day

A grasshopper hops into a bar. The bartender says, "Hey, we have a drink named after you." The grasshopper asks, "You have a drink named Steve?"

June 16, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Golf, the four-letter word

Every time I pull in or out of the garage, I see a piece of my past, resting against the concrete wall.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Shattering Powerball dreams

Seven minutes. I was seven minutes late to buy my chance at hundreds of millions of dollars.

May 19, 2013 12:00 am

Times wins 6 Lisagor Awards

CHICAGO | The Times captured six Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism on Friday.

May 03, 2013 10:22 pm

SLICE OF LIFE: Emphasis on beauty leads to ugly outcomes

If you watch TV, you've probably seen the latest Dove commercial.

April 28, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: A kid at heart in a grown-up world

In just over a week, I'll turn 33 years old.

April 14, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Easter brings a time of renewal

Comedian Jim Gaffigan, a Region native, does a bit about holidays.

March 31, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Irish eyes are rollin' at Ireland memories

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 17, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Living a Pinteresting life

Hello. My name is Vanessa, and it has been 22 minutes since I last logged in to Pinterest.

March 03, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: There's no place like the homeland

Back in the day, when I was young and dumb and swiping my credit card so often that the numbers turned soft and rounded, I went to Europe.

February 17, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Bingo is its name-o

There we sat, our keisters numb against the banged-up, brown metal folding chairs.

February 03, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Living life in automatic drive

I'm starting to hate little modern conveniences.

January 20, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Lysol-ing through the holidays

A freshly cut Christmas tree. A roasted turkey. That office supply smell Scotch tape leaves on your fingers when you're wrapping presents. They're all scents that remind me of the holidays.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Christmas, life goes on

I'm lucky to sit near the only newsroom window in the Munster office.

December 23, 2012 12:00 am

SLICE OF LIFE: Glitter, flashing lights and the sounds of Christmas

Adults are no fun.

December 09, 2012 12:00 am

Slice of Life: From Crown Point, to infinity and beyond

The interview started the same as thousands of others, at least my end of it. 

November 25, 2012 12:00 am
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