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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am

A Christmas memoir

 It was a year past her leaving that Anna made her request, a simple thing and reasonable, that William bring with him the spatula, the one with the red handle. “I kept it in the drawer by the...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am

The perfect food-focused presents for the person who lives in the kitchen

 The holidays are a special time for foodies. From elaborate holiday meals to elegant cocktail parties to extensive holiday desserts, this is a time where foodies can shine. It’s only natural t...
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:01 am
Hobbit: Armies  finally gets us back againAnd so, Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films have come to an end…at least I think they have. With these movies and the director’s Lord of the Rings feature...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

From handed-down heirlooms to modern, whimsical designs, faith-focused décor items are some of the most cherished, unique items of the season.

 There’s no time like the holidays.They are a time of family, tradition and celebration – and of a very particular aesthetic. Wherever you live, from the Northeast to the Southwest, every hou...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

Some gifts they want, and some gifts they want to return. Here’s how to be sure to give a great one.

 There are great gifts, and there are not-so-great gifts, and luckily for you, we know just what they are.If gift-giving gives you anxiety, here’s a bit of good news: 70 percent of people polle...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield

 Believe it or not, Springfield, Illinois, is red hot for the cool blues. The capital city is home to one of the oldest blues clubs in the nation, hosts a nearly 30-year-old weekly blues performa...
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am
 When Santa comes to town, Chicago takes on a special glow. Sparkling trees, dazzling lights and festive song and dance performances at area celebrations create holiday magic for visitors of all...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

When to go with the real deal for your holiday décor, and when to opt for some artificial assistance

 The most wonderful time of the year can be the most beautiful time of the year in your home. Yet transforming your rooms into magical holiday wonderlands can be stressful, as every year the hunt...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

How to shine a light on the classroom-made projects kids bring home this time of year

 Decorating for the holidays is a special activity for many families, and excitement mounts as box after box appears from storage. But with an array of school-aged artists in the mix, things can...

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