My Amish Home | Enjoying a nice fall day before winter butts in

"The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.The eyes of all wait upon thee: And thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways; and holy in all his works." Psalm 145:14-17

Wave of hope on a cold Iowa day

Like almost everyone else I know, I’ve been feeling beaten down by the onslaught of bad news.

Hurricanes and wildfires. Mass shootings and mail bombs. Hateful political rhetoric, including from the highest office in the land. Anger everywhere.

Family Checkbook | Your money personality may affect your holidays

Money and the holidays. For some of us, we happily swing into spending mode. I look forward to the excuse to buy people gifts and spend money on treats and extras. Each store I walk into is full of tempting, fun, creative and exciting things, all waiting for me! One of my strong money personalities is "giving," and this is my season.

Pet Talk | Food for thought on grain-free diets

Veterinarians around the world have seen a sharp rise in cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM, in which the heart is enlarged and weakened) in dogs not previously recognized as predisposed to this condition.

The one linking factor: a grain-free diet based on exotic ingredients.

Armed Forces Recruits: Before Basic Training

Area high school senior Marine and Army recruits prepare for Basic Training in a Delayed Entry Program at Marine and Navy recruiting stations in Champaign.

C-U haiku, Nov. 11, 2018

Tear-drop ruby leaf

Wind drifts from top of elm branch

Onto the curbed road.

— Kathleen Owen, Decatur

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Deb Aronson | 'Wishtree' is a beautiful, heartfelt story


"It's hard to talk to trees. We're not big on chit chat. That's not to say we can't do amazing things, things you'll probably never do. Cradle downy owlets. Steady flimsy tree forts. Photosynthesize. But talk to people? Not so much."

Library events, Nov. 11-18, 2018

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

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the main library, get tech questions answered at the Getting Started workshops. This week's topic is getting started with the internet. Sign up online ( or call 217-403-2070.

Don Follis | A mentor for pastors

No pastor has influenced me more than the Rev. Eugene Peterson, a Presbyterian clergyman, author and scholar. He died at age 85 on Oct. 22 at his Lakeside, Mont., home. Along with writing more than 20 books, Peterson is best-known for his colloquial translation of the Bible called "The Message." It has sold nearly 12 million copies.

Letter from Birdland | Don't let time change get your goat

Whenever we change the clocks, forward or back, I can count on getting an email with a haiku from my friend Mickey from California.