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Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005 09:38 am

The story of Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln knew a lot of grief. Her mother died when she was 6. She lost three of her four children and was sitting beside her husband the night he was assassinated. When I picture he...
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 04:09 pm

Latest by Martha Miller revives tales of Springfield’s fabled seedy section

Martha Miller’s new book, Tales from the Levee, has its origins in interviews Miller conducted with the lesbians and drag queens who frequented a district of Springfield now vanished i...
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 11:58 pm

Lola Lucas has been chronicling the ups and downs of Enos Park since the early '90s

It took a broken leg to get Lola Lucas moving on her book A Home in the Park: Loving a Neighborhood Back to Life, a collection of columns originally published in the Banner, the newslet...
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 02:37 pm

Springfield poet takes us to another time and space

I once caught a whiff of a wet woolen overcoat. Before you could say “Sister Mary Magdalene,” I was transported to the winter of 1956 and a grade-school ...
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005 01:41 am

How to search for "the soul of kindness"

Call me cantankerous, but I didn’t want to like Field Notes on the Compassionate Life. Sure that in the background I was hearing strains from the ’60s musical Hair, I wondere...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 08:01 am

Noir is a travelogue with a twisted sense of humor

Chicago Noir isn’t about a newspaper, although after reading it I kept thinking of the old riddle “What’s black and white and red all over?” The stage sets in th...
Thursday, March 31, 2005 11:12 am
Though it has been more than 10 years since my husband moved to the Midwest from Boston, his amazement at the prairie remains fresh. Driving to Chicago, he’ll point out the window and ...
Thursday, March 3, 2005 07:44 am
Number 9, number 9, number 9 . . .  No, John Lennon hasn’t booked a return engagement, but wordsmiths are singing the praises of something almost as good. More than 30 ...
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004 10:14 am
During the height of the Depression, central Illinois was convulsed by a vicious coal-mining war that pitted worker against worker, changed an industry, and altered the course of organized labo...

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