‘I can do anything’

When my daughter was young, she liked to ask me about the “olden times” when I was a girl.

The days of no satellite TV, no mobile phones, no Google, not even a measly VCR.

It’s hard for her fathom that life.

Chelsey Byers/Family Life: Praise a child's effort, not the end result

By Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker

Do you ever hear or read something and then think, "OUCH! I'm guilty of that." Well, what I am writing about, I am guilty of as a parent. But as the saying goes, once we know better, we can work to do better.

Area history, Aug. 2, 2016

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1916, the city of Champaign will be connected by pavement to the Bloomington Road, the city council decided Tuesday night. State Street north of Maple Street will be paved to the Bloomington Road. The estimated cost of the improvement is $31,000. State Street will be 27 feet wide.

Passport to adventure

This column first appeared in the July 19 News-Gazette.

The first hint that our vacation might require a bit more planning than usual came about a month before our scheduled departure.

Our drive out east was to include a visit with family, a couple of days in New York City and a stop by Niagara Falls on our way home.

Those Who Served: Champaign man sent Viet Cong 'to Hanoi Heaven'

Do you know a veteran who could share a story about military service? Contact staff writer Paul Wood at

CHAMPAIGN — Robin Counce, who carried a grenade launcher in Vietnam, was nearly killed by "friendly fire" and still sees a therapist to talk about his PTSD.

Area history, Aug. 1, 2016

Today is Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

C-U haiku, July 31, 2016

By Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

party nominees

string history together

the minotaur roars

— Jim O'Brien, Saint Joseph

Submissions may be made to with C-U haiku in the subject line. Include your name and city, which will be published with your haiku. Submissions may be edited.

Studio Visit: Nydia Mercado

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Nydia Mercado, 61, of Urbana is an artist specializing in murals, beadwork and painting.

What kind of art do you do?

I paint. I have a small mural business. I do murals in town. If you go to Crisis Nursery there are three walls where I painted.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 31, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

There are dozens of folk tales in which someone is sent on an errand and it gets derailed in one way or another. Here Alberto Ros, who lives in Arizona, gives us a fresh one from Sonora, from his book from Copper Canyon press, A Small Story About the Sky.


One Thursday Afternoon: Magdalena, Sonora, 1939