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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 04:38 pm

Surviving this Christmas turned out to be miraculous

Untitled Document The Christmas of 1985, I was 19 and living in Paris, where I worked as a fille au pair for Monsieur and Madame Roth and their two young daughters. I was homesic...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 05:10 am

Music speaks of freedom and unbridled transcendental love

Untitled Document I play guitar — or, at least, I like to think I do — but I never have learned any Christmas carols, though I’ve attempted to fingerpick &#8220...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 05:28 pm

Finding the Christmas tree in Gondar, Ethiopia, in 1971

Untitled Document The Peace Corps nurse knows where we can get a real tree. Five days before the 25th of December, with Tsegaw as interpreter, Clark collects our Ruth ...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 03:23 am

Nearly 70 Christmases have passed, but the boy still has hope

Untitled Document The Frenches walked everywhere from their home in the hollow. They had walked the two miles up the west hollow to Uncle George’s and Aunt Daisy’s fo...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 05:48 pm

Springfield-area nonprofits share their holiday wish lists

Untitled Document Illinois Times invited local nonprofit organizations to tell our readers what they need — in addition to financial support — for the holidays. ...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 09:40 am

As the days grow short, father and daughter lean on each other

Untitled Document “Pops, which shoes should I wear with this?” My dad’s eyes dart up from under his glasses, and he gives me, then my feet, a quick glan...
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 05:17 am

Holiday memories from our regular contributors

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Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 10:11 am

The church people come for a visit

Untitled Document The church people come for a visit By CAROL MANLEY I had to give the people credit for climbing those stairs. The secur...
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 02:55 pm

Springfield-area nonprofits share their holiday wish lists

Untitled Document American Red Cross 1045 Outer Park Dr., 217-787-7602 The American Red Cross, Illinois Capital Area Chapter, provides relief to victims of disasters and...
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 04:24 pm

Dr. Sandra Steingraber imagines an Illinois that stops poisoning its people with cancer-causing chemicals.

Untitled Document Did you find your jeans, Sandy?” Feet are scurrying about upstairs. A faint “Yes” floats down the stairwell. Kay St...


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