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Once in a Blue Moon Lodge

No matter how old you are, you never get tired of hearing your birth story. It’s a story of anticipation that’s different from every other on the planet. You’re at the center of it, though not quite. It’s a story ...

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

Eight courses. You seriously doubted if the food was ever going to stop coming, though you hoped it wouldn’t: you’d tasted all your favorite dishes, and then some. It was a meal fit for a King or Queen. Or maybe ...

Read books before they’re published

The community is invited to a free event where they can learn about books before they are published at the Plainfield Public Library on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. The Library is located at 15025 S. Illinois St. in ...

My Brown Baby

Raising a child is quite a challenge. When they’re small, you feel as though the entire world is dangerous. As they grow, you waffle between encouragement and fear, wings for them and tears for you. Teenagers, well, they’re a whole ...

“Never Caught”

Run, run, run. Some days, it feels like that’s all you do. Run the kids to school, dash to work, rush with errands, and run yourself ragged before bed. You’re always on the go, always moving, and in the new ...

The Blood of Emmett Till

You really can’t remember. For sure, something important happened years ago, something you should recall very easily, but time’s made things fuzzy. Have you forgotten or, worse yet, have you just remembered everything wrong? Usually, you suppose, it wouldn’t matter ...

Tears We Cannot Stop

"America is in trouble, and a lot of that trouble--perhaps most of it--has to do with race. Everywhere we turn, there is discord, division, death and destruction. When we survey the land, we see a country full of suffering that ...

Local pastor’s book details his personal struggles with race and faith

Calvin Quarles is a senior pastor at the Church of Bolingbrook, a husband, father, a former Black Panther, and now a published author.

Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t escape your father. For most of your life, you were known as Little Him. Junior. Insert-your-father’s-name-here’s kid. You’re a chip off the ol’ block, maybe named after your Pops, forever known as your ...

“Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance”

It took a leap of faith. A new job, a big move, a new skill, a major purchase, a ring on your finger and “I Do.” Even if you knew you were on the right path and you could handle ...

Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History

You can’t bear to look at the score. Whatever it is, it’s going to be close. Both sides are playing well today, and they’re all very talented. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book ...

“Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations”

The house won’t write its own check. Car payments don’t happen by magic, food won’t drive to your doorstep, and decent clothing isn’t free. In short, bills won’t pay themselves – but are they the sole reason to go to ...

"Brief Histories of Everyday Objects” by Andy Warner and Beethoven’s Skull” by Tim Rayborn

Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet – imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or ...

Brief Histories of Everyday Objects

Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet – imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or ...

“And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer”

You can’t remember a thing these days. Whatchamacallit’s name doesn’t come quite as easily anymore. You can’t recall the title of that movie you used to love. Thingamabobs are never where you put them last, your glasses are on top ...

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