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  • O Christmas tree: When do you normally put up your Christmas tree, and how soon do you take it down after the holidays?

    This is an easy question. Again this year, my Christmas tree will remain in the basement. No, I’m not a Scrooge. No, I’m not boycotting the holiday. N ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 4:55 pm
  • From the editor's desk

    If you’re reading this column, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is this weekly column doing on Page 2?” And you’re right. You are used to seei ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 4:44 pm
  • Seeing eye to eye with my son

    I had a disturbing parenting epiphany the other night. This was the sudden realization that left me reeling — my son will soon be taller than me.
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:16 am
  • The death of Fidel Castro ...

    On the afternoon that Fidel Castro’s ashes were buried in Cuba, I picked up the phone and called the Illinoisan who may have known him the best – form ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:18 am
  • Pearl Harbor’s legacy: Valor, resilience

    President-elect Donald Trump has promised to rebuild our military so it can have the resources to better defend the United States. The American Legion ...
    Dec. 6, 2016 - 4:22 pm
  • Thoughts for the season

    I'm not sure when the first Christmas carol hit my ears this year, but I remember sighing and thinking ... "Here we go." Those early Christmas carols ...
    Dec. 7, 2016 - 9:20 am
  • Shop, shop, shopping

    ‘Tis the season. Santa is ho, hoing, the kids are behavin’ (or at least trying), and the shopping is beginning or has been done.
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:50 pm
  • Being positive can be contagious

    The purpose of this letter is to give a huge shout out to Princeton and those who make it a great community! Thank you!
    Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:51 pm
  • A season of nostalgia

    I initially tried to write about the holiday season and how Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s represent the past, present and future (but not in ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 3:50 pm
  • A different perspective

    This is in response to Jay Bauer’s letter to the editor, titled “Noah’s Ark — the great deluge defusion,” published in the Oct. 24 BCR.
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 3:08 pm
  • The presents of mind

    By now, Thanksgiving 2016 is just a memory. I hope your day was filled with a full belly, but more important than that, I hope you made many moments t ...
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 8:51 am
  • From the editor’s desk

    By now, the Thanksgiving leftovers are a thing of the past, and even if there are still some telltale signs of them in your refrigerator, it’s doubtfu ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 2:36 pm
  • Changing world

    It comes as no surprise to anyone the digital age is upon us. It creates challenges and opportunities. Every business has been impacted by the digital ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 2:50 pm
  • The reluctant shopper

    Maybe it’s my age or because I’ve grown a bit (understatement) cynical through the years. Perhaps it’s because this old body and my increasingly short ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 2:43 pm
  • Got a cold? Stay home!

    The cold season is upon us. That means more contagious illnesses. If some people could realize that ...
    Nov. 25, 2016 - 2:43 pm