Walking (and talking) the walk at the Illinois Marathon

Several years back, when my knees were younger, I ran the 5K in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.

It was a family affair, a challenge we undertook with a friend and her two kids. My son and I trained and ran together (yes, some of us have to build up to running 3 miles) and my younger daughter ran the 1K.

Pet Talk: Tears and repairs

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

In the NBA and NFL, a torn ACL — anterior cruciate ligament — is an all-too-common injury. That same injury frequently afflicts dogs (even ones that aren't athletes), but in dogs, it is called a CCL rupture.

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.

C-U haiku, April 23, 2017


Pointed yellow teeth

hiding in the tall spring grass:

Dandelions pounce!

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Rob Kanter/Environmental Almanac: Help protect waterways

If you were to launch a canoe in the Boneyard Creek on the University of Illinois campus and head downstream until you hit the Gulf of Mexico, you would travel roughly 1,400 miles on the water.

Kathy Wicks: Surefire hits for Cubs fans

Spring is finally here. It's the time of the year when the weather gets warmer and plants revive. A time of rebirth. A time to buy peanuts and Cracker Jack — and root, root, root for the Cubbies!