Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Summer fun with 'Hopscotchium'

The neighbors on Champaign’s Elm Boulevard are a close-knit bunch, with traditions dating back decades.

Stressed? Unplug before you go outside

You’re sick of sitting at your computer and decide to go outside for a break.

It’s a natural impulse, especially in these mild summer months, and it makes sense. Research shows being in nature helps restore your brain’s ability to focus.

A colorful gathering place

The Turquoise Table movement may be catching on in Champaign-Urbana.

A few months ago, after writing about a trend that started in Austin, Texas, to encourage neighborly connections, I got an email from local real estate broker Debbie Hensleigh.

Turns out she was way ahead of me.

‘Remember the Ladies’

Laura Keller started teaching at Westview Elementary School in 1972, the same year the ERA was approved in Congress — almost 50 years after it was introduced.

Keller retired in 2003, and the ERA has yet to be ratified by the necessary 38 states required by law.

No shortage of Illini in this family

There’s lots of orange and blue in the McMorrow house.

Arrivederci, Vilardo’s

Another Champaign retail store is biting the dust — not a big chain like Toys ‘R’ Us or Bergner’s, but a home-grown gift shop with loyal customers from Philo to Hollywood (more on that later).

Clock is ticking on college choices

It’s April, and that means there’s one subject that’s off-limits in every household with an indecisive high school senior.

“What college did you pick?”

Your (turquoise) table is ready

Kristin Schell was frustrated by the hectic pace of her family’s life.

It was all good, but busy and stressful.

“We were in the minivan all the time,” she said, and her four kids — ages 14, 12, 11 and 6 — were mmersed in their phones or other screens.

When is enough enough?

“I love you mom. If I don’t make it, I love you mom.”

Haunting words texted by one teen last week as parents waited outside a Florida high school, wondering if their children would make it out alive. Luckily, that girl did; 17 other people didn’t.