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  • Good Natured: A word about witch hazel

    I will always remember my first encounter with witch hazel. I was about 6 years old and – for whatever reason – running headlong around my parents’ ho ...
    Dec. 4, 2016 - 6:23 pm
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Still making sense of election results

    At a recent meeting of our Human Library (volunteers from marginalized groups who share their experiences of discrimination during conversations with ...
    Dec. 3, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • The Wine Detectives: A trip to Grand Cayman and Seven Fathoms Rum

    On a recent vacation to Grand Cayman, I was talking with several restauranteurs about what was going on regarding new trends in wine and spirits on th ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 3:53 pm
  • River Town Chronicles: Fishing for something to do

    For a teacher, the worst-case scenario occurs when faced with a classroom of students for whom you have nothing prepared. Or, rather, you HAD somethin ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • In Focus: From the bench

    For the past 18 years, the Kane County Law Library has invited judges to read to children as part of Family Reading Night. I love covering this event. ...
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Before The Diploma: Sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table

    Every year for Thanksgiving my family goes to my grandparents’ house. It’s a small get-together with just my family of five, my grandparents and my un ...
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 8:44 am
  • St. Charles Park District: Copious critters at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

    It’s not often that you get to meet a snake named Kevin. Or a tarantula named Miss T. Or a salamander named Sally.
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 10:21 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Discovering the secrets of Cuban cuisine

    Just published “ĄCuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen” (Ten Speed) sheds light on the food and culture of the fascinating island 90 miles ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 10:21 am
  • Guest View: Social media: Networking opportunity or a road block for millennials?

    It’s millennials’ worst nightmare – increasingly, employers are using social media accounts when assessing the capabilities and capacity for success o ...
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 7:36 am
  • In Focus: Role models

    Most high school athletes still look up to their own role models, such as their parents, upperclassmen, college or professional athletes.
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: All welcome to next Human Library event

    In the spirit of practicing what I preach, and doing my part in my own little corner of the world to help make it a more joyful, peaceful place for ou ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 8:56 am
  • Good Natured: Wh-who’s there? A great horned owl

    The conversation lasted late into the evening. A tiny sliver of a moon rose up, the stars came out ... and still the participants persisted. They soun ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Joan Knows: Truly saying thanks

    It’s not as easy as it used to be to say thanks.Like most of us, we got by with a stated thanks for ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 8:55 am
  • St. Charles Park District: Winter break Is anything but boring with St. Charles Park District activities

    Want to snowshoe on frosty fields or bake biscuits on a vintage woodstove? How about shooting some hoops or climbing a cave wall? Wherever your intere ...
    Nov. 24, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • @ Your Library: Holiday happiness

    Happy Thanksgiving, Batavia. May this day be filled with what you favor – laughter and love of family and friends, football and feasting, or quiet int ...
    Nov. 24, 2016 - 5:30 am