Family Life | Resolve to be good to your brain this year

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is nearing the end of January already? 2019 is already quickly moving forward. Since many people make New Year's resolutions, I am adapting my Family Life colleague Karla Belzer's blog "Resolve to be Good to your Brain" for this month's article.

Getting Personal: Dan Kleiss

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 61-year-old Tuscola Mayor DAN KLEISS, a family man with a weakness for peanut butter pie, chats with staff writer Paul Wood.

You've been the mayor of Tuscola since 1988. What attracted you and why have you stayed?

Kelly Strom | Hidden identities keep readers entertained

It's been shown in history — and literature — that, at times, certain people are just not who their friends think they are. In fact, some of the best books from recent times pivot on the fact that any number of people carry hidden identities. The quest becomes figuring it all out before disaster strikes.

Letter from Birdland | Enjoying the sights in the Big Apple

It was our last night in Brooklyn, and I was starting to get homesick. I wondered how the dogs were doing, whether my tiny serama hen had started laying yet, if the cat was still pouting in the attic (reports from home were that even though she seemed to be eating, nobody had seen much of her).

Environment Almanac | All welcome to attend Vermilion River presentations

If you know anything from Environmental Almanac, you know there's a special place in my heart for rivers and streams. In fact, my very first commentary, which ran on the radio back in August 2004, called attention to the benefits achieved for the Boneyard Creek when it was reconfigured on campus by the University of Illinois. (That enables me to fish over the lunch hour.)

Don Follis | Prayers for 2019 brimming with life

As Jan. 1 approached, I was talking with a man about setting goals for the new year. I told him I don't normally make New Year's Resolutions. When our faith came up, he told me he is a Catholic and asked, "What prayers will you pray in 2019?"

"The same prayers I prayed last year," I said. "I pretty-much pray the same prayers every day, every week, every month."

The Screening Room | Jenkins brings intimacy, sincerity to 'Beale Street'

There's a calmness about director Barry Jenkins that belies his enthusiastic approach to his work. Upon arriving in the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria in Chicago, he nearly gets lost in the crowd at a coffee counter, the other patrons completely unaware of the Oscar-winner in their midst.

For the retirees, Jan. 20-27, 2019

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, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Krazy Is A Perk | Not your typical day at the spa


Last August, I was minding my own business, per usual, when Audrey and Olivia flounced into the room. The mischievous looks in their eyes made me nervous.

"We wanted to thank you for putting up with us this summer," Audrey said.


"So, we're taking you on a Spa Day!" Olivia announced.

Library events, Jan. 20-27, 2019

Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.