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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

How do you know if a party is going well or horribly wrong? Entertaining expert Susan Spungen tells you how to right a sinking ship and how to stop worrying and enjoy your fiesta

 Along with the holidays come many parties, but unfortunately, parties don’t always go the way you hope they will. We asked Susan Spungen, founding food editor at Martha Stewart Living and auth...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am
 There are only so many sweaters, necklaces and pocketknives a person can acquire before it gets to be a bit much. “At a certain age, we start to comprehend the sacrifices our parents have made...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

Established and successful, music education is ready to grow

 On Wednesday, Dec. 4, outside Room 2250 in Menard Hall on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, well-dressed young adults pace nervously, awaiting the moment they enter to participate in...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am
Candles truly are the gifts that keep on giving. According to the National Candle Association, America’s love for waxing poetic burns bright: $2 billion is spent annually on candles and they are use...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am
 Whether your personal style is funky, classic, rustic or luxurious, sometimes you just want something different to show your guests for the holidays. Dress it upCreate a beautiful glassware disp...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am
 While the cast of characters and décor may change year-to-year, the traditions rarely do. These designers and celebrities share their favorite decorating stories.Suzanne KaslerAtlanta-based int...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am

Five innovators give their perspectives on the Springfield arts and music scene

As 2013 draws to a close, the arts in Springfield are in an exciting place. Local visual artists, theatrical performers and musicians have rarely had so many opportunities to gain exposure, with a gro...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am

Historic east side home, now facing demolition, once housed the ‘Tuskegee of the North’

 The 150-year-old Taylor House at 12th and Cass streets in Springfield now faces possible demolition after numerous attempts to save it. New efforts to preserve the structure are focusing on the ...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

It’s time to put down the smartphone and give Instagram a break. These next-level digital cameras will take their photography to the next level.

 There’s an old cliche in photography circles: The best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that’s our smartphone.For everyday use, smartphones are tough to beat. They have f...

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