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When there’s a birthday, there’s cake. And candles, topped with tiny triangles of fiery plumes. There’s also the song, followed by the customary display of the celebrant making a wish and blowing out the candles.

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He gave me the side eye as we passed on the sidewalk. It’s a new age look that new mask wearers have adopted.

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By Jon Cohn It is a bizarre and unsettling time. Our lives in the New Eastside and Streeterville neighborhoods have been turned, if not upside down, at least swished around like fruit in a smoothie blender on high speed. Through it all, though, we have learned some different terms and ideas …

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After a white Christmas, there may be a Blue Monday. Blue Monday is the name given to what some  consider the most depressing day of the year—usually the third Monday  in January. The idea originated with a Welsh academic as a marketing plan for a travel company, according to the  British ne…

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by Jon Cohn If this month’s topic was a gymnastic event, the judges would give it a degree of difficulty rating in the high 9s.  Figuring out the best way to talk politics with friends or family members during the holidays may be a near herculean task. It’s like a female gymnast fighting des…