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  • Sidelines: A columnist humbled by the greats

    Barry Schrader is a great guy. He’s one of those soft-spoken people who are so nice and easygoing, they’re easy to overlook. In Barry’s case, that’s h ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:01 am
  • Editor's Note: Maybe the best day of your life hasn't happened yet

    When I was a child, I remember adults telling me wistfully that one day, I would look back on the days I spent complaining of being bored as the best ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:02 am
  • Sidelines: Take some time and get lost in the woods

    It happens every time.I was driving by the Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve over the Labor Day weekend ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Editor's Note: Where do you want to be right now?

    Sometimes the universe speaks to us in strange little ways. If you’re paying attention, you may stumble across just the message you need.
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Sidelines: School children march in a parade of time

    The little parades have begun again. They begin every year at this time, two of them every day, one in the morning and one in the middle of the aftern ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:52 am
  • Editor's Note: It's a great time to be a nerd

    Our home is a kingdom of nerds, and that’s just the way we like it.Last Saturday, my children were h ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:41 am
  • Sidelines: What it's like to have the second-worst job in America

    A survey came out earlier this year by a group called CareerCast, listing the best and worst jobs in the country right now. The group bases its findin ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Editor's Note: Ice bucket challenge proves social media can be a force for good

    So, have you dumped a bucket of ice water on your head lately?The ice bucket challenge is fascinatin ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
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