Illinois Ancestors | 'Shot Down' a moving tribute to WWII vets

Steve Snyder began his search for details about his father's World War II experiences after he retired. His findings, from diaries, letters, government records, and personal interviews, were extensive — enough for a book to be written.

Meg Makes | Too hot for oatmeal? Try overnight oats

I love oatmeal for breakfast, but I can't handle the hot stuff when it's warmer than 75 degrees outside.

A great substitute I've recently discovered: overnight oats. These single-serving breakfasts aren't cooked, but allowing old-fashioned oats to soak in milk and yogurt overnight turns them into a cool but satisfying meal.

My Amish Home | Good news makes beautiful day even better

"He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life, but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing, but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. A righteous man hateth lying, but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

It's cycling season

It’s biking season -- time to get the bike out

To Your Health | Stocking your pantry for quick weeknight meals, Part II


Having a well-stocked pantry and freezer is your summer secret to healthy, tasty meals. Though kids will be out of school, schedules do not usually get any lighter.

In some ways, putting together a quick meal can be even more difficult with additional trips to the park or pool.

Pet Talk | Weddings gone wild at Minnesota zoo

MINNEAPOLIS — Daniel Sperling was expecting a very special guest at his wedding last September. Just days before the big event, though, the star attendee hit a certain snag.

The Reluctant Townie | Donald and Sean trade pleasantries

The president of the United States gently turned the handle of the White House bathtub, slipped off his terrycloth bathrobe and disappeared under the surface of a steaming bubble bath.

Patricia Hruby Powell: 'The 57 Bus' will spark discussion

"The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives" (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017) is nonfiction brilliantly pieced together by journalist Dashka Slater.

Letter from Birdland | Our little fish is swimming away

A little more than 22 years ago, we were at the firefighters' fish fry, an annual all-you-can-eat fundraiser for our volunteer fire department. I enjoyed my dinner and lost track of how many times I went back for seconds. Later that evening, in the maternity ward, I realized I probably shouldn't have enjoyed it quite so much. But eventually, we had a little fish of our own to bring home.

C-U haiku, May 20, 2018


Four Sundays with snow

Two weeks of spring, then summer

Illinois seasons— Sally Wolf, Paxton

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