Letter from Birdland | Winter won't go away

In Birdland, low, dark clouds roll and rumble across the sky from the west. The sun is warm when it shines in the gaps, but the wind blows away any gathered warmth and then blows more clouds to cover the sun.

We teeter on the brink of spring and keep slipping back into winter. But if the daffodils can be believed, maybe we have finally made the leap.

C-U haiku, April 22, 2018


thirties to sixties

three seasons in one day

plump robins gather twigs

— Jim O'Brien, Saint Joseph

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In the Garden | Cold-blooded backyard friends


If you are like me and your lizard brain apparently controls more of your actions than it should, then you can relate to a primal need to provide habitats for our reptilian friends.

Religion calendar, April 20-27, 2018

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Studiodance II putting UI students' work on display

URBANA — It's the students' turn to dance.

Associate Professor Kirstie Simson said Studiodance II, which runs tonight through Saturday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, is an opportunity to see the future of dance and choreography.

"In my mind it's always a special concert as it is students' work, and usually highly creative," Simson said,

UI Wind Symphony, Chamber Singers 'Gathering' to mark UI's 150th

URBANA — "Gathering," a cantata that puts a lot of Illinois into its 20 minutes (the entire concert is about two hours) comes to Krannert on Saturday.

That's fitting, because it marks the Sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois and showcases the work of UI musicians and a literary heavyweight who has studied and taught here, Richard Powers.

John Frayne | BACH impresses with Schutz's works

On April 8, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, led by music director Joseph Baldwin, gave at Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign, a concert at which Heinrich Schutz's oratorio, "The Story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ," was performed. On this occasion, Chester Alwes, founder of BACH, who retired last year, conducted the performance.

Meg Makes | A quick fix for time-consuming caramel icing

My husband and I have been enjoying caramel flavors lately, so this year for his birthday, I decided he needed to have some caramel flavors in his cake.

I found lots of caramel-icing recipes that call for cooking a sugar mixture for an hour and a half. I'm sure they make delicious cake, but I didn't have time for that.

Illinois Ancestors | New books aid Scottish-heritage research

Noted author David Dobson has published two more books of information helpful to researchers with Scottish ancestry.

My Amish Home | Hoping this week's sunshine is here to stay

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.