My Amish Home: Getting forgetful in the heat of summer

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

Meg Makes: Re-creating a spicy-sweet vegetarian salad

A local Asian-fusion restaurant has a salad on its lunch buffet that I love — it's full of spice, crunchy cucumbers and sweet apples.

I convinced my husband to help me re-create it, and we came up with an approximation that we've enjoyed a few times.

Be warned: It's spicy. You can cut down the heat by skipping the chili oil and adding more sesame oil.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: New ISGS newsletter available online

The most recent issue of the Illinois State Genealogical Society's newsletter is now available free at the society's website.

She went all out ...

During a Spartan race in June, Janet Stroud faced a new challenge about every quarter-mile throughout the 9-m

Caitlin Kownacki / Community Wellness: Farmers' markets support health, vitality


Farmers' markets have been growing in popularity over the past three decades. From 1994 to 2006, the USDA saw an increase from 1,755 to 4,385 markets nationwide. Today, there are more than 8,600 markets in the U.S.

Pet Talk: Tips for improving your pet's golden years

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Thanks to advancing medicine, pets live longer than ever before. However, with these added years of valuable life, come more age-related health problems.

On The Town: Danville Lions Club Banquet

Danville Lions Club annual installation banquet at the Possom Trot restaurant near Oakwood on Thursday, June 29, 2107.

John Roska: 3 kinds of convictions bar gun owner's card

Q: Can I get a gun license if I have a criminal record?

A: Officially, you're talking about a firearm owner's identification (FOID) card. It's issued by the Illinois State Police. You have to have one to legally possess a firearm or ammunition in Illinois.

Susan McKinney: A must-read for fans of Sherlock Holmes

"The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes," by Leonard Goldberg, is set in London in 1910. Dr. Watson, Holmes' friend and sidekick, is an aging man, still living at 221B Baker St. Holmes passed away years ago. Dr. Watson's son, John, also is a doctor and visits his father regularly.The book is told from a first-person perspective by Dr. John Watson.

Letter from Birdland: Finding peace on the water

We are sitting in the cockpit of a sailboat anchored in a cove of Chambers Island in Green Bay. Michael is looking thoughtfully at the horizon, and I am still nibbling at our picnic lunch — kipper snacks, apples, hummus, cucumbers and cheese. My husband and I packed for this trip specifically so we wouldn't have to use the galley much.