Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

A date with history in soggy shoes

There I was, walking my dog in the rain on the morning I might be meeting the president.

I wasn’t certain at that point, knowing only that I would be covering Barack Obama’s speech at Foellinger Auditorium, along with more than two dozen reporters.

Must-have for college move-in day: shopping

My sister was in Target the other day and overheard the following conversation:

Mom 1: “My daughter and her roommate are getting matching comforters for their dorm room.”

Mom 2: “I asked my son about that. He said, ‘What’s a comforter?’”

That kind of sums up life with teenage boys, amplified on college move-in day.

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?”