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  • DIY pet beds should be cozy, safe

    There are as many ideas for do-it-yourself pet beds as there are kinds of pets. Projects range from simple sewing patterns to complex woodwork.
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Get a Grip: Discerning identity, disordered and otherwise

    There is a movie out just now about a man who has a fragmented identity, or “split personality.” In ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Straight Talk: When wife decides to get sober, husband must pause plans

    Mr. Atwater: I’m in a troubling spot. My wife of 28 years finally has decided to stop drinking and get help. I have been involved with Al Anon for the ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Health Talk: WIth hearts on the mind in February, think about heart health

    February is a month when hearts are everywhere, so it’s a great time to think about your personal heart health.
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Vintage Values: McHenry County stores join Shop Hop through northern Illinois, Wisconsin

    If you love vintage finds, don’t run, hop, to the fourth annual Vintage Shop Hop on March 3 and 4. ...
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Chickens can be helpful – and challenging – for gardeners

    Raising small flocks of backyard chickens has been a trend among city dwellers for a decade or so, and putting the birds to work can be a boon to gard ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Local resident’s work featured in calendar

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake artist Lorraine Frazier’s crocheted doily will appear in the honorable mention section of Expressions 2017, a national cal ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • What kind of cherry tree did Washington fell? (If he did.)

    Washington’s birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then adm ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • From tiny pots to large plots, there’s joy to be found in every space

    There are windowsills all over the world filled with small edible plants, usually a few pots of fresh herbs. A city cook with a longer, wider sill mig ...
    Feb. 18, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Live well: 10 best places for yoga/pilates in McHenry County

    Our readers nominated 59 different yoga or pilates studios during our 2016 Best of the Fox competition. Here are the top 10.
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 12:23 pm
  • Can’t get enough animals? Check out these places:

    Warmer weather will bring more opportunities to get outside. Here are four places worth checking out in Northern Illinois.
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 9:27 am
  • How much do I tell my children about my worries?

    The nightmare always ended the same way: I knelt in the backyard at night, trying to hide my three younger brothers in the sandbox while Nazis searche ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 4:41 pm
  • New Honda Ridgeline pickup unlike all other trucks

    It’s fair to say Honda makes great cars, SUVs and minivans. Not too many arguments about that. But pickup trucks?
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 4:37 pm
  • Photographer combats gender stereotypes, celebrates boys with nontraditional interests

    It started when my son was only a few months old. I had taken him downtown with me, for my weekly therapy session with the social worker I was seeing ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 4:32 pm
  • Review: Monsters intrude on a culture clash in 'Great Wall'

    "Tell the world what you have seen," a character exclaims in "The Great Wall," ''and what is coming!"
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 4:02 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Did you get outside and take advantage of this weekend's mild weather?