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Thursday, May 12, 2016 04:29 pm
John Carney has a gift. Not simply in the way he uses music in his films and understands its power but how he’s able to create characters that on the surface could be dismissed as clichés but win...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 09:07 am
 I had been dreading the question ever since my plane touched down in Oslo. I was eight months pregnant, visiting my family in Norway for Christmas for one last international adventure before the...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 09:03 am

From art to nature, science to sports, theater to fashion, we have summer camps covered.

Riverside Stables Horse Camp May 30 – Aug 15, 8am-4pm Mon- Fri. Week-long sessions offered June 8 to Aug 10. Ages 5-16. $425 per week. Reserve your week at riversidestable.com. Riverside Stables Hor...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 09:01 am
 If grit still makes you think of sandpaper or southern breakfasts, you haven’t been paying attention. In the past few years, grit has become an important buzzword in the study of children’s...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 08:56 am

Funshop celebrates an anniversary

 In January 1976, visionary child-and-family advocate Dr. Georgia Davis opened the doors to Funshop in a Springfield church. It was designed to be a safe haven where overscheduled parents and chi...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 08:54 am
 Ever since Alternative Celebrations launched its radical (as in root), gift giving approach in the 1970s, thoughtful authors have offered tips, craft instructions and recipes to make holidays in...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:19 am
 You wouldn’t ask a carpenter how to build a happy marriage. The residents and business owners along MacArthur Boulevard between South Grand and Wabash did something similar when they asked tra...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:18 am
 Hey, can we all just stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street’s big money-grubbing banks?Sure, they went belly-up and crashed our economy with their frauds, rigged casino games...
Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:17 am
 With yet another poll showing plunging Downstate support for Gov. Bruce Rauner in a Republican district and the intense Republican freakout over Donald Trump’s impending presidential nominatio...


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