Getting Personal: Jeffrey Brown

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, Jeffrey Brown, 47, of Champaign chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood.

John Roska: How to deal with a judgment in a case you didn't know about

Q: I found out that a judgment was entered against me in a case I never knew about. I'd co-signed a lease for a friend, but never lived with her. I thought everything had gone OK, until I got a copy of my credit report and found out about the judgment. How could that happen if I never got served any court papers? What can I do about it?

For the retirees, Aug. 2-9, 2015

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.

C-U Haiku, Aug. 2, 2015

Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette

Thundering footfalls

across wooden planks

Under the bridge, a frog blinks

— Katherine Gorski, Champaign

Letter from Birdland: Battlefields trip stirs thoughts of flags, wars

It's sunny and humid as I head south after my residency in Kentucky. I am on my way to visit my dear friend, Emily, who moved to Georgia nine years ago, but I have a wistful feeling that I'm driving the wrong way.

Reluctant Townie: The heat is on, and the inhibitions are off

The central air in my house stopped functioning last week, on my wife's birthday no less, which also coincided with one of the hottest days of the summer. I hesitate to say that the air conditioning broke — for if I so much as utter that word in my subconscious, my wife will intercept the thought and finally make good on her threat to "call a professional."

Don Follis: Give someone the privilege of feeling loved

A new pastor in his first month of service got me cornered in one of my favorite coffee shops last week. "All right, you've been at this ministry thing a long time. What's the magic bullet?"

"The magic bullet?" I asked.

"Yeah," he said. "What's your go to? What's the one thing you return to over and over when ministering to people?"

Book offers strategy for seeking serenity

"Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules For Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety" by Amanda Enayati is a terrific book for everyone who feels stressed out about anything. It offers science and research on the effects of stress as well as self-help advice and even better, practical lifestyle changes.

Getting Personal: Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown, dean of the University of Illinois College of Business, talks about mountain hiking in his office at the Business Instructional Facility on the UI campus in Champaign on Friday, July 17, 2015.

Birthday bash is just one reason to visit shops in Champaign

Antiques and More at Staley Road will be having a 3rd birthday celebration today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be treats, prizes and models in vintage clothing, numerous new items and some just wonderful ideas to get you going.