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Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:00 am

Jackie Jackson caps her literary career with publication of The Round Barn, Vol. 4

 Saying Jackie Jackson’s magnum opus is about a barn, is like saying Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a history of rabbit holes. The Round Barn encompasses a way of life that has all but d
Guest Opinion
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:00 am

Here’s why it’s time to support Hillary

 Dear Nora and Michael,     I took my Bernie sign down today.  The yard looks a little bare.  He would have made a great president.  But fair is fair.  He just
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:00 am
 The Round Barn: Volume Three. Beloit City Press, 475 pp. $24.95Upon finishing volume three of The Round Barn, a Biography of an American Farm, I am envious. I want to become a time traveler –
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 12:00 am
My father died in 2004; my mother five years later. Anyone who has lost their parents knows one of the bittersweet tasks of grieving – going through all their stuff, deciding what to give away, thro
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 12:00 am

The Illinois Center for the Book

Starting in 1984, the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book began to establish affiliate centers in the 50 states. Today, there is a state Center for the Book in all 50 states. The Illinois Center for the Book is located in the Illinois State Library at Second and Capitol Streets.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 12:00 am
“We are all connected.” So begins Gay Stinnett’s lovely new book about her experiences with the ancient art (she calls it the “wondrous gift”) of Reiki (pronounced ray-key). The International Center for Reiki Training defines the practice as “a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen ‘life force energy’ flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. . . . The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words — Rei which means ‘God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power’ and Ki which is ‘life force energy.’ So Reiki is actually spiritually guided life force energy.” Reiki practitioners believe, therefore, that if one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 12:00 am
Close your eyes and think of Illinois. Take your time. Free associate. I’m not a mind reader but I guess you see fields of corn and red barns against blue skies. Now think architecture. Of course, Frank Lloyd Wright. History — who else but honest Abe? Politics — no not our ex-governor. I’ll give you a hint. Think bow tie and it can only be Senator Simon.


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