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Capital City Parent
Friday, May 1, 2015 12:00 am

Erika Holst was 26 when she lost her mother to ovarian cancer. Six years later, she became a mother herself.

 My mother’s pet name for me was lillegull, a Norwegian term of endearment that translates to “little golden child.” I was her only child, born when she was 36, and she loved me madly. Spis
Thursday, April 23, 2015 12:00 am
 Blasts of cannon woke the citizens of Springfield at dawn on the day of the melancholy event. They fired every half hour until 11 o’clock, and every minute between 11 and noon. At 20 minutes p
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:00 am

A history of corruption at the top

 Illinois was deeply in debt and its financial outlook was bleak. After a close gubernatorial race, the people of Illinois elected a wealthy Chicago-area businessman as their governor, hoping tha
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 12:00 am
The vaccine debate recently hit home to my Facebook circle (so, you know, it must be serious now...). As the arguments flew fast and furious (“The CDC is a giant conspiracy to sell vaccines!” “S
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 12:00 am
 If the Lincolns continued to take a Springfield newspaper even after they moved to Washington, D.C., no doubt they would have been shocked by the May 12, 1864, issue of the Illinois State Journa
Capital City Parent
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 12:00 am

Grandparents watching grandchildren is a growing trend. Here are tips to make it work

 By age 81, my father-in-law, Joe Rogers, had raised three stepchildren and worked for more than half a century. He had served in Korea and had lived in Venezuela. He had been hang gliding in Ger
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 12:00 am

JUHLANN DAVIS GIBBS Feb. 4, 1927 – Oct. 21, 2014

 Juhlann Davis Gibbs was a woman steeped in family history: her family had been residents of central Illinois for nearly 200 years. Yet as much as she appreciated where she came from, ultimately
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:00 am

Back then it was worse

 After enduring the barrage of political ads spewed forth during the recently concluded election campaign, one starts to wonder if the tone of the political debate could sink any lower, and if ca
Capital City Parent
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 12:00 am

Stay-at-home or not, they’re full-time dads

 When I was a child growing up in the 1980s, my dad was something of an anomaly. He took me to doctors’ appointments and sports practices; he chaperoned school field trips; he played board game


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