On a recent walk at River Bend Forest Preserve, someone I met on the trail asked if I knew a good place in Illinois to see beavers. After a moment's thought, I answered, "Anywhere," because there are unmistakable signs of them in so many places.
On Halloween morning, my 4-year-old suggested we put up Christmas decorations in the front yard.
"I wish every day was a holiday," she sighed as wistfully as a preschooler can possibly manage. "I want it to be Christmas right now."
On this First Sunday of Advent we start at the end — the very end. The gospel reading for this Sunday is from Luke chapter 21 where Jesus is teaching on the temple precincts in Jerusalem. He tells his disciples what to expect in the future, both the near and distant future.
Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 23-year-old Champaign resident Amanda Bossard chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Bossard is the Champaign bureau chief for WAND-TV.
What is most interesting to you right now?
Q: I heard that the divorce law will change so there will only be one ground for divorce. Is that true?
A: Yes. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the only grounds for divorce in Illinois will be irreconcilable difference. No more mental cruelty, or any of the other old grounds.
By SARAH NETHERTON/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
If your indoor dog is among the one in five that leaves unpleasant surprises for you to find, don't despair. Your veterinarian can help you determine the cause and a solution for house soiling — urinating, defecating, or both, in inappropriate locations.
By Sandra Bauman Santas
Olav Haraldsson was born in 995, and in 1007, at the age of 12, he went on a Viking expedition.
In 1014, he was baptized in Rouen, France. He returned to Norway in 1015, was elected king and introduced Christianity to that country.
In Birdland, the sun has dipped below the horizon. The earth is dark, and the trees in the yard stand in a stark silhouette against the sky, which is still bright and streaked with color in the west — yellow and fuchsia and a deep turquoise.
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.
It has been almost 12 years since Gordon Hannigan asked me to come to Gifford for breakfast. I had been asked by other people to be an active part of a new antiques-only show at Gordyville, and I told all of those people no. At that point in our lives, we had been in three shows, all under our direction.