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  • The art of juggling

    Years ago, as I browsed a store loaded with novelty items of many descriptions, a book promising to teach me how to juggle caught my attention. Juggli ...
    May 4, 2016 - 3:20 pm
  • Hastert got what he deserved

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s multiple teenage victims did not deserve the sexual abuse he inflicted upon them as a Yorkville High School ...
    May 3, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Well, it happened. Seemingly overnight, the leaves on many area trees appeared. I always love waiting for those tender and fragile buds to turn into l ...
    May 2, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Leaving well enough alone

    I’ve been watching a robin build her nest on a ledge on my front porch. As in years gone by, the nest equates to problems ... for us. It actually mean ...
    April 29, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    The Hampshire Colony First Congregational Church is the oldest Congregational church in Illinois, founded in 1831. The famous abolitionist Owen Lovejo ...
    April 29, 2016 - 1:13 pm
  • Lilian Steichen on Poets, Princeton and the World — 1908

    Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lilian Steichen Sandburg.
    April 27, 2016 - 1:09 pm
  • The only way home

    The experience of writing a series on heroin was brutal. It tossed me backwards, off my feet and into the dirt. The expectations I had heading in were ...
    April 27, 2016 - 1:07 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It’s difficult to believe this is the final editor’s column I will write for April. Time keeps marching forward, and I spend much of my day/life tryin ...
    April 25, 2016 - 1:41 pm
  • Things are finally getting back to Norman ... I mean normal

    For those of you who follow this silly little newspaper column, you might recall that I recently had to bury Fireball, the old family dog. He just hap ...
    April 22, 2016 - 1:37 pm
  • Tax payout blunder: Only in dysfunctional Illinois

    What's the matter with Illinois?Illinoisans are shaking their heads about this week's announcement b ...
    April 25, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • The outdoor classroom

    I was watching the evening news the other night, and near the end of the broadcast, they had some footage of a Little League baseball game.
    April 26, 2016 - 10:25 am
  • An unexpected friendship

    Once again the deadline for my monthly column had gotten uncomfortably close, and I was still undecided on what to write about. However, a topic soon ...
    April 25, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Dreading the empty nest

    I came to the realization earlier this month that I am going to be a terrible empty-nester. When my kids leave for college, I am going to be a mess. I ...
    April 25, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Carl Sandburg and Lilian Steichen: Love and Socialism

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on Carl Sandburg. The third story will appear in the Thursday, April 28, edition of the Burea ...
    April 20, 2016 - 2:07 pm
  • ‘How to Make Your Money Last’

    Your No-Plan plan stretches for miles.You’ve no plans for alarm clocks, suit-and-tie combos, rush-ho ...
    April 20, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • That old farmhouse

    I’m one of those people who firmly believes our roots influence who we are and who we will ultimately become. Those roots, for me, run deep, and I che ...
    April 19, 2016 - 4:09 pm
  • A small idea with big potential and a good way to do business

    Lori Rumbold, owner of the Optimal Health shop across from Darius Miller Park, has a good idea. It’s a perfect example of how we can get more value fo ...
    April 18, 2016 - 3:04 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    What a beautiful weekend! I love the brisk morning temperatures and the way the sun feels on my face in the afternoon. I also love the way the sun lin ...
    April 18, 2016 - 3:04 pm
  • Richard Widmark: A Princeton legend

    Richard Widmark was deluged by fan mail of all kinds after portraying Tommy Udo on screen in the “Kiss of Death” in 1947. He even got communications f ...
    April 15, 2016 - 1:38 pm
  • Carl Sandburg: Traveling Salesman

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on Carl Sandberg.. The second story will appear in the Thursday, April 21, edition of the Bure ...
    April 13, 2016 - 1:36 pm
  • Out of the gate ...

    I really don't want to write a column this week. I have no desire. Fortunately, that feeling doesn't hit often, but when it does, it's almost useless ...
    April 13, 2016 - 8:37 am
  • Detour ahead

    Who likes to travel? If that question made you jump around like a goofy dog, you would be that person!  Personally, I love to travel. I love to get in ...
    April 19, 2016 - 10:37 am
  • From the editor’s desk

    I’m not sure how your flower garden is growing so far this year, but I have to tell you my daffodils are probably more beautiful than I’ve ever seen t ...
    April 11, 2016 - 3:31 pm
  • Fine dining

    The other day, my family and I decided that we would go all out and experience a special night. My wife didn’t feel like cooking, and she also didn’t ...
    April 8, 2016 - 12:50 pm
  • Matters of the heart ... not the head

    In an open discussion with some missionaries once, one of them was marveling at the simple faith that was displayed by the natives to the area they ar ...
    April 6, 2016 - 1:07 pm
  • The golden child

    And unto the world a child is born.I sat at my cubicle, spinning in the chair like the freedom of th ...
    April 6, 2016 - 1:07 pm