Artist plans 1,000-year-long picture

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jonathon Keats figures a picture can also span a thousand years.

Don Follis: We can know what God wants if we take time to listen

Though I have been exploring and praying the Daily Examen for years, I happened upon it accidentally 25 years ago on a late-night flight from Mexico City to Chicago. In the simplest terms, the Examen is an examination of the conscience. Instituted hundreds of years ago by St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit Order, the idea is to give the faithful a helpful way to examine their conscience.

C-U Haiku, April 26, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Lush gardens

Carefully designed and kept

Like the people inside

— Gene Hew, Champaign

The Reluctant Townie: The complete guide to summer movies

I don't care what the calendars say, summer begins and ends with the summer movie season. And be it by global warming or money-hungry studio execs, over the last decade summer movie season has been creeping ever earlier into our calendar year.

2015 is shaping up to be a pretty strong summer at the movies. Let's check it out:

'Furious 7' (April 3)

For the retirees, April 26 to May 3, 2015

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.

Letter from Birdland: Garden season is officially underway

Birdland is bright and sunny and green this morning. Daffodils are in their glory.

Today, Michael and I initiated our warm weather routine. I had almost forgotten that my husband and I like to walk around the yard in our jammies, coffee cups in hand, checking out the scene and talking about our plans and dreams.

Events spotlighting restaurants let patrons expand their palate

A Champaign program called Conscious Cuisine is pushing taste buds and brain cells to the limit. Champaign Center Partnership held free demos at Big Grove, Escobar and Pekara this spring. And they were successful enough that they'll be doing it again.

Getting Personal: Brooks Marsh

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 56-year-old Brooks Marsh, who owns the Mahomet IGA, chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Marsh is active in community service, has a good golf story and loves his kids.

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Sandra Mason: Know your backyard enemy: weeds

Appealing wildflower or revolting weed? It's all in the eye of the householder. If you choose to wield weapons in the war on weeds, most combat commences in summer. Some weeds, however, come in under the radar and are blooming long before we get out our hoes.

Bob Swisher: Hit the road for two great shows

Two up-and-coming events that will require a little driving will occur this weekend and next weekend.

One takes place today and Sunday at the Gurnee Antique Market near Six Flags Great America in northern Illinois. The market is having its spring sale with some items up to 35 percent off.