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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
  • 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
  • 'Ha Ha Land' Improv Show

    7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Crystal Lake Central High School Auditorium, 17 W. Franklin Ave., Crystal Lake
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 4:34 pm
  • 'One Woman Sex and the City'

    8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal LakeA parody on love ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 4:33 pm
  • Reader Poll

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