Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

‘Blue Kids’ are back — and mostly unscathed

You may have noticed the blue cut-outs of children near high-profile intersections around Champaign County.

Can kids work at Million Meals for Haiti?

If you're been wondering whether young children can volunteer at the Million Meals for Haiti event this weekend, the answer is yes.

Meals, movies and music: our weekend Family Picks

It’s a big weekend in Champaign-Urbana, with Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, the Relay for Life, March of Dimes walk and the Million Meals for Haiti event.

Earth Day reading for kids

I was at a local bookstore the other day and noticed a nice display of earth-friendly books for kids.

A surprising variety was available -- I guess marketers have caught on to this environmental thing. Dora, Curious George, Blue, Fancy Nancy and even Mickey Mouse have all gone green.

We conquer the 5K -- with one pit stop

On Sunday, in the most perfect running weather possible, I finally tested my running (er, jogging) abilities on the actual Illinois Marathon 5K route.

Maybe Joe Biden is available...?

There won't be any Secret Service agents lurking at University High School's graduation next month. No presidential motorcades or hordes of photographers (aside from proud parents).

Art, moms and more: weekend Family Picks

It's spring in Champaign-Urbana, and that means lots to do this weekend inside and out.

An empty corner

Sometimes work and your personal life intersect in a big way.

I wrote "A Life Remembered" for The News-Gazette about a woman named Erma Tyler, who died Saturday. She wasn't rich or famous, just one of those extraordinary everyday people you come across once in a while, who helped lots of other people in her 73 years.

A constant juggle


Like most freshmen, Stacey Kerwin came to the University of Illinois straight out of high school.

 For the first year or so she had the typical freshman experience. She took a full courseload, did homework with friends and, while not a “crazier partier,” she went out a lot.