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I’ve won! I think. What’s the Euro Lottery?

I’m thinking about retiring to a Caribbean island. It’s so within my price range — now that I’ve won the Euro Raffle. Does anyone happen to know how many Corvettes 2 million euros is worth? Anyway, I’m considering offering asylum on my island to the Nigerian ambassador who barely ...

Can’t do? Just make do

Making do is what I do best. I see no reason to bog myself down doing things the so-called “right way” when “making do” accomplishes the same thing with far less frustration. Besides, folks usually find fault no matter what. So if the easy road and the hard road both drive you to the ...

January filled with cake, squirrels, kazoos

If there ever was time for Ma in her kerchief and I in my cap to settle down for a long winter’s nap, it’s January. Unfortunately, my bosses — as so often occurs — hold a differing viewpoint. So I do my best to shrug off bed covers and doldrums and face January as if it were full ...

I’m bugged by cures for the common cold

Nothing attracts a swarm of friends braced with sure-fire home remedies than the common cold. You can’t even sniffle without some junior scientist rushing to your side to test her latest concoctions and theories. “Quick, burn this turmeric and inhale the smoke. Clears those sniffles ...

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Birth

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital COLLINS, Karissa and Michael Skinner, of Warren, a daughter Jan. 20.

Visual journal becomes road map to the creative process

NORWALK, Conn. — More than a dozen Brien McMahon High School art students sat at large black tables drawing figures, coloring with wooden pencils and jotting down notes, all into thick white-paged journals. Some filled entire pages with large, vibrant sketches. Others illustrated only small ...

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Elementary school students get a quick lesson in

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Students at Mintonye Elementary School received an early physics lesson from two skateboarding scientists. Tom Veech, a science presenter with the company Wondergy, said he has been skateboarding for 11 years but utilizes his degree in industrial design from Philadelphia ...

In this Dec. 20, 2016 photo, Child Life volunteers Janice Selden, left, and Susanne  Frey unveil a fully restored and outfitted dollhouse at the Alexian Brothers Women's and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The donated 13-room, three-story Victorian dollhouse is an inspiration for recovering children at the hospital. (Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald, via AP)

Encouraging healing

The Associated Press HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The 13-room, three-story Victorian dollhouse unveiled last month as an inspiration for recovering children at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates is a bit of a miracle. The dollhouse is in the ...

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Pity passing of Patty as popular proper name

As Kyle and I stood in line at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles recently, I hardly noticed at first. I guess that’s pretty telling of the root problem, really. Allow me to backtrack. My son and I headed into the BMV to replace his driver’s license, a task we were both dreading since the ...

When life is rough, just watch some basketball

I love basketball; I just do. And anyone who even sparingly skims this space on occasion knows that I’m all about the Cleveland Cavaliers. #allin I know, we’re in a little bit of a slide; not to worry — the boys will turn it around under LeBron’s capable helm. Anyway, I love ...

Save face; keep profile photos professional

Let’s face it: We humans are obsessed with face. First of all, there are about 18 gazillion idioms commonly used (at least in the English language) with direct or veiled references to the face. Here’s a smattering: Put on a happy face; Get out of my face; She is completely ...

Daunting dental visit capped by recycled jaw bone

You know how, sometimes, when you’re having a little dental procedure and suddenly they sorta just slip part of another human being into your face? Oh, you don’t? I didn’t either, until last week. #toothextractiongonehorriblywrong Fine, I’ll retrace the painful steps for you. It ...

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Senior news

717 RETIREES MEET: The 717 Packard / Delphi Retiree meeting will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the union hall. Installation of officers will take place. RETIREES BREAKFAST: St. Joseph Hospital Retirees monthly breakfast will be 9:30 a.m. Jan. 30 at Wayside Restaurant in Champion. Attendees are ...

Cold cures cause issues

Recently, columnist Burton Cole wrote in “Burt’s Eye View” about his problems in dealing with a bad cold. Frankly, I think all colds are “bad,” but we like to use that word if we are the ones fighting the pesky problem. Anyhow, Burt was getting all kinds of advice about how to cure ...

54-year-old med student living her dream

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Suzanne Watson couldn’t help but laugh when she received her AARP card and her acceptance letter from Wake Forest School of Medicine in the same week at the age of 50. “I sold my SUV and bought a convertible, and I got the license plate REV DOC,” said Watson, who ...

Getting to work in snow and ice when you’re Amish

We are having a thunderstorm this morning — not at all normal weather for January. The temperature is hanging around 34 degrees so some places could be icy. Daughter Susan has to be at work by 9 a.m. She was going to drive the buggy but called a driver instead (“drivers” are non-Amish ...

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Life is wonderful: Dionne Warwick busy but happy

Concert stages aren’t the only place people will be seeing Dionne Warwick. In addition to her touring schedule, which includes a concert Friday at Powers Auditorium, Warwick will be the subject of an upcoming episode of PBS’s “American Masters” series, and a bio film based on her ...

Bull riders kick up heels at Covelli

A gate opens and immediately it’s a battle of man versus nature during what’s known as the most dangerous eight seconds in sports. Gripping a flat braided rope, the rider attempts to stay mounted on a bull, which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. As it bucks, the animal rears up, kicks, ...

Matinee

Starts Friday THE FOUNDER: B See review on page 7D. (Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.) (AP) THE RESSURECTION OF GAVIN STONE: Not reviewed A former child star ordered to do community service at a church gets the role of Jesus in its production of the passion play, which ...

Homer engravings get Butler-Trumbull show

Winslow Homer’s “Snap the Whip” arguably is the most famous work in the Butler Institute of American Art’s permanent collection, and the museum will explore Homer’s work as an engraver in an exhibition opening at its Trumbull branch in Howland. “Winslow Homer: From Poetry to ...