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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:06 am
Illinois may not strike people as a diverse ecosystem, but this state actually has a wealth of native species that create surprisingly different environments. In southern Illinois, for example, you’...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:05 am
A nationwide design blog recently recognized one of Springfield’s own as an industry leader. Last week, Jeff Sommers of Square Root Architecture + Design in Springfield was named a “groundbreaker�...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:05 am

Safe Families takes care of children temporarily when parents need a break

 Monte McMannigell always wanted to help kids but he had never before taken the initiative to act. But following a presentation by Ryan Mobley, central Illinois regional director for Safe Familie...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:04 am

The key is knowing where to look

 I wasn’t always a thrifter. As a status-conscious teenager growing up in suburban Chicago, I eschewed secondhand clothes in favor of the latest offerings from my favorite stores at the mall. W...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:03 am
 We finally got the “cold and gray November days,” as grandma always called them, but inside our cozy venues, the music keeps us warm and dry, hopping and hopeful.Our first order of the day,...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:03 am

What are they thinking?

 Baby Meets World: Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle – A Journey Through Infancy, by Nicholas Day. St. Martin’s Press, 2013.Baby Meets World by Nicholas Day is not your average baby manual. It’s a...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:02 am
 These guys hail from Stillwater, Okla., and play what has become known as “Red Dirt” country music. The name comes from the color of earth you find in Oklahoma, and the band’s style lives...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:02 am

How to get your kids active indoors at home

 Health experts recommend that children get 60 minutes of “moderate to vigorous” physical activity a day. That means any exercise that gets the heart beating fast and gets kids breathing hard...
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:01 am
 work poem, first partI’ve been thinking about worktelling my overworked friendsthey are working too hard notthat I should talk but have justhad two thoughtful responsesthis first from a nephew...


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