Judy and Jim Kutzler of Salem can’t resist bringing their work home with them. Call it one of the (enjoyable) pitfalls of selling antiques for some 20 years, though Judy admits it may be her fault. It began, she says, with a hobby.

One hundred years ago this year, A.C. Gilbert introduced what would become one of the most iconic toys of an era: the Erector Set. If your childhood fell somewhere between 1913 and 1962, you likely had one, or knew someone who did. Dave Blood of Racine remembers his first set — a 1948 No. 6 …

Kenosha native Doug Radtke was 51 when he enrolled in a Milwaukee school to become a licensed massage therapist. Nothing about his past work experience or education would have pointed in that direction. He was 40 when he graduated from Marquette University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in…

At Lavender Acres, a small farm in Kansasville, one thing cycles into another. The hay and vegetables feed the goats, who in turn nourish the garden and give the fiber that becomes yarn that provides warmth through the winter. This is the way Clare Thornley and Faye Miller live a sustainable…