The Reluctant Townie: Deep thoughts about eggs, legs and dregs

Dear Diary,

How to best sum up my week? I was thwarted not once, but twice, by my toddler's plastic carton of smiley face eggs while trying to put it away in the toy chest.

Ruth Siburt: Urbana writer releases first book

Champaign-Urbana is blessed with a number of notable writers for young people. Deb Aronson of Urbana is one fresh voice in the world of middle-grade nonfiction. Her debut book, "Alexandra the Great," is a 2017 release from Chicago Review Press. "Alexandra" tells the story of filly Rachel Alexandra's rise through difficult circumstances to world fame.

Getting Personal: Adelaide Aime

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 60-year-old Adelaide Aime, a social worker and the executive director of Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services (RACES) in Urbana, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. Aime lives in Scott Township between Bondville and Mahomet.

John Roska: Beware of using home-equity loan for credit-card debt

Q: Should I use a home-equity loan to pay off credit-card debt? I'd like to consolidate several different credit-card accounts into one debt, and lower the interest rate.

A: Careful. A home-equity loan puts your house at risk if you don't pay. The reduced interest rate often isn't worth that increased risk.

Letter from Birdland: Savoring the colors of spring

On Easter morning, I got up early to make a carrot-ginger mousse, a savory take on my custard obsession.

For a while, I've been thinking of trying a custard that wasn't sweet, then saw this mousse recipe in an old herb magazine.

Library events, April 23-29, 2017

Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

For the retirees, April 23-29, 2017

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, April 23, 2017

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

I'm celebrating my 78th birthday by publishing one of my own poems written this year. When an old guy like me is still writing poetry, he tends to write a lot of old-guy poems.

Look for Me

Look for me under the hood

of that old Chevrolet settled in weeds

at the end of the pasture.

Don Follis/On Faith: Resurrection faith is lived by faith, not by sight

Sarah Thebarge remembers very well Easter of 2006. Eleven years ago, Easter fell on April 16, just like it did this year. She went to church that Easter Sunday and then hosted a brunch for friends. Later that day she decided to do her laundry. Waiting for her whites to soak in the washing machine, she suddenly felt something wet on her T-shirt.

To splurge or not to splurge?

What would you do with an unexpected chunk of money, whether from a tax refund or a long-lost aunt's estate?

It depends on how careful or extravagant you are with money.

Billionaire Warren Buffett still lives in Omaha in a house that he bought in 1958 for $31,500, and doesn't care much about impressing people with a fancy car.