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Serendipity for November 2014

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Dear Emma Kate, During our last family get-together, you were vigorously wiggling a loose tooth. Your Mom later reported success with the tooth pulling, and that a serious discussion ensued about the Tooth Fairy being “real.” You are certainly old…

Nature Rambles for November 2014

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Prairie Chicken Politics Who would have thought that one of the iconic symbols of the Illinois Prairie could become a political hot potato? But that’s exactly what happened this year as biologists attempted to boost the crashing population of Greater…

The Magnificent Invalid

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Theater is sometimes referred to as “the magnificent invalid” for a variety of reasons including weak box office. The artful, complex storytelling technique has been around for more than 2,500 years and as such seems to be firmly situated as…

The City Beat for October 2014

Here’s how to fix older neighborhoods – I was driven through the Averyville neighborhood this month. It’s what I call a “classic” neighborhood. Lots of older, yet well-maintained homes. And there were homes that are less well-maintained, but still livable.…