Health & Family

Health & Family

Babies by the book

My wife, Elaina, loves babies. She loves to have them, to hold them, to nurse, and to stroll them. She knows everything there is to know about kids, it seems to me, including the best brands of strollers, baby wraps and baby and kid fashion, as well as a number of other topics about which I remain blissfully ignorant.

Books

Book review: 'Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,' exuberant bio celebrates art and creative freedom

Parents need to know that "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat" is a bio of Basquiat, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of a Haitian dad and Puerto Rican mom. By his 20s he was an art star, hanging with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Madonna. He played hard and died young of a drug overdose, information that's dealt with in an Author's Note. The bio emphasizes the support Basquiat got from his mom, as well as the challenges he faced, including his mom's mental illness. The book's written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe ("In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers"), who understands the challenges. His own dad, John Steptoe, was an award-winning illustrator who died young, and his mom suffered from mental illness. Steptoe illustrates the book in his own vibrant style, incorporating trademark elements of Basquiat's art, and his empathy shines through.

Health & Family

Social Security: Retirement planning

It's 2017, and that means you might be one more year closer to retirement. Whether you're at your very first job or wrapping up a successful career, there are always new things to learn about when it comes to saving for the future. So why not make retirement planning part of your New Year's resolution!

Health & Family

App review: StoryCorps makes capturing and sharing family stories a breeze

Parents need to know that the StoryCorps app is a platform for planning, conducting, and sharing oral history interviews that can be cataloged in the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is broadcast weekly on NPR and is available as a podcast. Through the app, listeners can hear featured stories that have been curated or listen to any stories created by other users and shared in a social media-style feed. The terms of use specify that users should be 18 or that those over 13 but under 18 have a parent's permission, but it's definitely possible for kids under 13 to operate the app successfully. Teens can create and record interviews but not share them publicly. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Videos

PRP and stem cell therapy gains popularity in Charlotte

Dr. Jason Tucker of iOrthoBiologix conducts a follow-up visit with a patient
David T. Foster III The Charlotte Observer
PRP and stem cell therapy gains popularity in Charlotte 2:00

PRP and stem cell therapy gains popularity in Charlotte

Heart transplant recipient James Brock has survived 29 years 1:19

Heart transplant recipient James Brock has survived 29 years

Gifts for kids and help for adults 1:16

Gifts for kids and help for adults

Charlotte's trees are important to quality of life 1:20

Charlotte's trees are important to quality of life