Letter from Birdland | Signs of fall are all around us

In Birdland, we have turned the corner of the year into autumn, and the corn that surrounded our house with a comforting shelter all summer is gone. We can see all the way to the back fence row, and in the evenings, herds of deer graze in the gloaming.

The Law Q&A | Suing for civil trespass depends on the details

Harvest is nearly complete and so it's time for interlopers to start loping through the open fields to fish on ponds that are not theirs.

What is a landowner to do? Why, sue for civil trespass, of course.

Don Follis | We vote, but Jesus alone ushers in his kingdom

My work is a good fit for me, as I spend my days interacting with pastors from a wide array of backgrounds. As I counsel, give spiritual direction, ask questions and listen to stories — some heartwarming, others heartbreaking — I know that church-based vocations are not for the faint of heart.

Getting Personal: Porshé R. Garner

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, Porshé R. Garner, recently chosen for the new position of executive director of the Art Film Foundation, talks with staff writer Paul Wood about her role overseeing fundraising, organizational management and community relations for the foundation, which supports the Art Theater in downtown Champaign. She recently earned a Ph.D.

Patricia Hruby Powell | 'Hiding' is perfect for thoughtful readers

A lovesick teen wandering his neighborhood finds himself in his ex-girlfriend Laura's backyard. He slips into her basement and is trapped there overnight due to the alarm system, in "Hiding" (Clarion 2018) by Henry Turner.

The next morning, the family members leave but the maid arrives. And there's a large dog in the house. He's got time to think.

Kelly Strom | 'Half Moon Bay,' 'Ohio' offer complex tales

Complex stories have always appealed to me. Novels that have several storylines going on at once or that delve a little more deeply into the human psyche are of the most interest to me. Today's novels do just that. The primary story sometimes makes way for a study on an associated topic or complication that takes center stage for a while.

On The Town: Fur Ball 2018

Champaign County Humane Society Fur Ball at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign on October 5, 2018

In the Garden | Fall colors galore

Illinois forests are dominated by a mixture of eastern deciduous forest trees, and many of our urban areas mirror this forest composition, creating a wonderful palette of fall colors each year as the growing season concludes and tree leaves senesce, giving way to winter dormancy.

Religion calendar, Oct. 12-19, 2018

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My Amish Home | Brightening our home and a day

''Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:23-25