History will show that this was a defining week in my life — the week when I was bested in a battle of wits by my 2-year-old daughter. Not sure whether to be proud of her or to lament the fact that I was outsmarted by someone who accidentally stabbed herself in the face with a meat thermometer mere days before.
First, a little background, to put the incident into proper context:
CHAMPAIGN — Pianist Reed Phillips of Champaign is among the finalists who will compete in the 40th annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest over the Memorial Day weekend in East Peoria.
Ragtime and honky-tonk players from around the world will compete for more than $4,000 in cash prizes in the junior and senior division. Phillips is in the junior division.
Birdland is emerald green. We had a satisfying and dramatic thunderstorm last night, and this morning, the corn seedlings have turned the fields into a rumpled pinstriped quilt.
CHAMPAIGN — Sophomore Luke Zola is on his route at Centennial High School, delivering snacks, gathering pop tops for charity, pushing his friend Zoie Irani in her chair to her next class — and anything else that would make somebody's life a little easier.
CHAMPAIGN — "Dividing Time," the next show at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, will be on view from Tuesday through Friday, featuring work by visual artist Christopher Troutman.
The opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, and the work may be seen from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
Look back: Highlights from Melissa Merli on the week that was
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Here, a chat with Judie Spencer of Urbana, a jewelry maker with a bachelor of fine arts degree in metals from the University of Illinois.
Q: When did you study at the U of I? Did you study with Billie Theide?
A: I studied with Billie Theide and Alan Mette, and I graduated in 1989.
Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, a chat with 51-year-old Dave Benton, the WCIA 3 newscaster, who recently battled brain cancer.
What's the best thing about a long career in television news?
Chicago product has the best seat in the house
A couple of things to include on your resume for that White House job: theater major and computer science expert.