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Here in a Jiaxing hotel room for one more week, I am studying patience. My second quarantine site has everything I need and most of what I want. One friend called this my “forced writing retreat,” though I have actually been drawing more than writing. Our middle son, Dylan, compared my sudde…

With winter upon us, gardeners may be looking for a new project to keep their green thumbs active. “Growing microgreens indoors is a fun and relatively easy project to set up,” says Austin Little, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “It also rewards the grower with fresh,…

Last week I shared some of my firearm thoughts as well as experiences. This week I would like to share some of my mother’s thoughts and experiences with guns.

I’m in my second quarantine site in Jiaxing, China. Each move brings me a little closer to campus. I’ll be here for eleven days. They take Covid and quarantining very seriously here. I am not allowed to leave my room until I go to my final quarantine site, where I will spend two more weeks i…

Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone for another year. And yes. I am one of those people who looks forward to the big game each year. Not so much for who is playing the game, but you got it right. For the commercials. 

Curt Sinclair, University of Illinois Extension 4-H natural resources specialist, offers these guidelines for assessing whether icy ponds and rivers are safe. "A minimum of four inches of clear, newly-formed ice is needed to support one person on foot," Sinclair says. "New ice is usually str…

February celebrates National Canned Food Month, promoting the use of canned protein, vegetables, fruits, and other foods. Canned foods are inexpensive and convenient additions to meals and snack. Canning lengthens a foods’ shelf life and reduces food waste. Still, there are many myths around…

I feel very blessed to have a job where I can work from home. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I was given the opportunity to set up a home office. I may not see my co-workers or supervisor in person each day, but we stay in close contact by sending emails and instant messages, to each other.

Extend the life of your Valentine’s Day this year with help from University of Illinois Extension. “Whether you receive or give a gift of cut flowers, it is nice to know how to make them last,” said Richard Hentschel, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension. “A few simple…

In Birdland we woke to an icy rain that slicked even the gravel lane so that I slipped and slid when I went out early to feed the dogs. By mid-morning big, chunky flakes began to replace the rain, floating and sometimes catching in swirling eddies of breeze. The dogs took turns exploring the…