When Bad Things Happen to Good Houses

Part of the fun of traveling to 23 states and giving 200 talks on Sears Homes is seeing all kinds of wacky and wild stuff. One Sunday morning in 2003, as my host was driving me back to the airport (to return home to the Midwest), I saw this Sears Madelia (see second...

Keeping Children in Their Place

Several years ago when I was a freelance writer, I was asked to do a feature story on the Foursquare housing style, which is so prevalent in the Midwest (and was also a popular style for Sears Homes. My editor said I needed to get into a few houses and take plenty of...