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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:54 am

Celebrating 22 loved ones lost in 2012

Each year when we put together our end-of-year obituary issue, I find myself wishing I had known these people, or known them better. I’d see Dr. Gordon Smith at community meetings, but never kne...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 05:30 pm

The true story of a Depression-era Christmas trip to a better life in Illinois

“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 02:56 am

Six historic sites welcome visitors for holiday tour

This Saturday, Dec. 15, six downtown historic sites are combining efforts and welcoming visitors to celebrate the holidays, a bit like the hospitable ol’ Fezziwig in Charles Dickens’ A Chr...
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 07:59 am

Springfield steps up to help homeless children

They live in hotels, cars or even at campgrounds. When the winter wind blows, they’re the children who don’t have coats. When it’s time to take a quiz, they’re the children who...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:33 pm

And then what happened?

What happens when Daisy’s ball is destroyed? When all the lights go out? When a family must flee their homeland? Adventure happens, that’s what – and so does discovery, learning and ...
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 06:10 am

The search for the world’s best memory athletes

A man in a fedora walks into an empty classroom on the second floor of a building on Washington University’s campus and waits in the darkened room. He has never been here before – not to t...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 04:27 pm
In an Instagram world, the smartphone has become the primary camera for any amateur photog. But on the bike, in the water or up in the air, it’s time to forget the filters and grab a camera that...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 02:56 am

Laugh out loud with the Blogerati

The once dignified kingdom of coffee table books, where Norman Rockwell retrospectives ruled, has fallen to the shameless, hilarious hordes. Behold the many highly giftable books from bloggers who fir...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 02:56 am

Reading list for the end of the world

It’s a feast for fans of The Hunger Games. The wildly successful film adaptation of the dark novel hits DVD shelves this holiday season. Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster trilogy about young Ka...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 05:03 pm

Bad movies are beautiful to Brad Jones

Brad Jones doesn’t stand out amid 100 or so vendors at HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis earlier this month.He is a diminutive, bearded, 30-year-old guy from Springfield in baseball cap and gl...

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