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Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 11:44 am
Alert readers will know that two mid-Illinois writers, translator and poet Robert S. Fitzgerald and Lincoln novelists and editor William Maxwell, have been much talked about in these pages over the ...
Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 05:00 pm
In "As the crow is bent" (perhaps my worst title ever), I explored the ramifications of my unusual surname.Unusual, that is, outside Cass County and environs. My father, on his travels around ...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 01:31 pm

Celebrate the chilly months ahead with fun events, picked just for kids

 Woodhaven Hospice Festival of TreesNov 18-20, 5-8pm Fri, 9am-1pm Sat, 12-2:30pm Sun. Decorated trees, designer wreaths and swags, centerpieces, food and baked goods, music, entertainment, kids c...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 01:29 pm

A central Illinois guide to enriching activities for parents and children

 Now that Halloween has come and gone, and with it the busy season of apple-picking, visits to pumpkin patches and trick-or-treat events, what is there for a Springfield family to do for fun on t...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 01:24 pm
 Brionna, a student at the Hope Institute for Children and Families, starts her school day with dedicated staff members helping her to identify the date and weather.  Students at Hope have h...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 01:24 pm

Parenting children with special needs

 Reilly Renken, 14, donned a black and red cheerleader uniform and cheered for the Glenwood Middle School 2016 football team this fall, and her parents couldn’t be prouder. “To others, it’s...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 01:23 pm

Pack your kid’s lunch with MyPlate in mind

At the start of a new school year, kids tend to be more excited about getting new pens, pencils and backpacks than anything else, but more often than not they are ready to put their thinking caps on....
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 01:19 pm

Why we should just run

Don’t let exercise be the first thing you eliminate when you are feeling the crunch because it might be what you need to maintain your balance and sanity. – Carson TateWhen we parents travel on pl...


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