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What would Washington grow? A look at the favorite meals of Founding Fathers

What would Washington grow? A look at the favorite meals of Founding Fathers

When we visualize George Washington, the first president of the United States, our images might be of his standing in the hull of a boat as he crosses the Delaware with his troops on a snowy winter night or his face on our dollar bill.

July 04, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Local Revolutionary War sites teach children U.S. heritage

Local Revolutionary War sites teach children U.S. heritage

In 1840, seven years before he died, William Tuffs told a reporter for the Goshen Democrat about how he disguised himself with “sundry old clothes, a cap stuck full of feathers and painted face” ensuring that “neither friend nor foe could identify him,” boarded three ships carrying tea that …

July 03, 2014 1:50 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Experiencing authentic Chicago Blues

Shelf Life: Experiencing authentic Chicago Blues

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H. to visit his mentor Harry Quebert.

June 15, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Author uses experience and history to put herself in others' shoes

Shelf Life: Author uses experience and history to put herself in others' shoes

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H. to visit his mentor Harry Quebert.

June 08, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Writer's block gives way to a plot full of twist and turns in New England

Shelf Life: Writer's block gives way to a plot full of twist and turns in New England

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H. to visit his mentor Harry Quebert.

June 01, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Live to 100 Mom!: Zumba and Tabata offer fun ways to keep moving and keep in shape

Live to 100 Mom!: Zumba and Tabata offer fun ways to keep moving and keep in shape

“Our bodies are designed to move and our lifestyles have disabled that – leading us to becoming more and more sedentary,” says Sharon Sporman, Regional Executive Director Wellness/NIR at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness noting that as we age, we lose muscle and bone mass along with flexi…

May 11, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Jump in the car for family fun in Southwest Michigan

Jump in the car for family fun in Southwest Michigan

With sunny skies and warm weather (finally), it’s time to hit the road for some family fun in Southwest Michigan, the perfect drive for a great day trip.

May 01, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Harbor Shores hosts perfect pairings of both beers and spirits

Harbor Shores hosts perfect pairings of both beers and spirits

Local foods and spirits are a continuing theme at The Grille at Harbor Shores where in the upcoming months they’re creating pairing dinners with both Greenbush Brewing Company, a craft brewery in Sawyer, Michigan and the Journeyman Distillery, a Three Oaks based artisan maker of such distill…

April 30, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Keeping the Region healthy: Local corporation and environmental advocate team up

Keeping the Region healthy: Local corporation and environmental advocate team up

Once a fight between industrial Goliaths and Save the Earth "tree huggers" is now an alliance in Northwest Indiana.

April 20, 2014 8:00 am
Shelf Life: The plot thickens in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series

Shelf Life: The plot thickens in Anne Perry's Victorian mystery series

While most of us don't see beyond the headlines of today, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry reads them not with an eye to the future but instead looks back into the past.

April 14, 2014 3:00 pm
Natural Remedy: Healing gardens offer benefits for the body and mind

Natural Remedy: Healing gardens offer benefits for the body and mind

Gardens beguile with their scents, colors, textures and blooms, creating a sense of calm and nurturing. But even more than that, many therapists believe that gardens can heal us.

April 05, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Gardens for mental health

Gardens for mental health

Gardens not only delight with their beauty, they also can positively impact families with children in many other ways as well.

April 01, 2014 10:30 am Photos

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Local birder receives award for advancing ornithology in our region

Local birder receives award for advancing ornithology in our region

Kenneth J. Brock always enjoyed nature and being outdoors but he wasn't in it for the birds.

April 01, 2014 8:30 am
Lessons from Extinction: Local researcher uses pigeons as a cautionary tale about the relationship of humans and nature

Lessons from Extinction: Local researcher uses pigeons as a cautionary tale about the relationship of humans and nature

For those who think feather creatures are for the birds, the plight of the passenger pigeon is the story for you.

April 01, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Local mother of five publishes childrens book about loving and learning

Local mother of five publishes childrens book about loving and learning

Love, time spent together, cuddling, educating and fun are the reasons that Breanne Mitchell liked to play a game with her babies that provided all those elements.

March 30, 2014 9:00 am
Sprouting for Spring: Starting seeds indoors helps ready plants for warmer weather planting

Sprouting for Spring: Starting seeds indoors helps ready plants for warmer weather planting

Now's a great time to get ready for spring planting.

March 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Local author brings to life the deep history of Chicago's neigborhoods

Shelf Life: Local author brings to life the deep history of Chicago's neigborhoods

Patrick Butler always knew that at some time in his life he would explore the what he terms "a kind of curio shop of people and places that time forgot."

March 17, 2014 9:00 am
Misty Copeland shares her story about rising to success in spite of adversity

Misty Copeland shares her story about rising to success in spite of adversity

When Misty Copeland takes the stage this spring as the principal title character in the classic ballet, "Coppelia", her rise to this pinnacle of stardom as a soloist who has danced around the world, seems meteoric in itself. But reading her memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina" (To…

March 16, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Joanne Fluke cooks up another sweet murder mystery in latest series

Shelf Life: Joanne Fluke cooks up another sweet murder mystery in latest series

With a father who was an undertaker and an early hankering to bake, it's no wonder that Joanne Fluke fits in nicely with my latest reading craze.

March 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Winter Wellness: Tips for families to stay active and healthy in the colder months

Winter Wellness: Tips for families to stay active and healthy in the colder months

By this point in a long, dreary and very cold winter, we can either burrow in even deeper, becoming the ultimate couch potatoes or get out and have some fun. But with temperatures dropping, there’s more to keeping warm than just a coat and gloves.

March 09, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Kickstart spring cleaning and planning at the Porter County Home and Lifestyle Show

Kickstart spring cleaning and planning at the Porter County Home and Lifestyle Show

With our long winter seemingly coming to an end, the beginning of spring is the time to take stock of our house and decide what needs to be updated and redone.

March 07, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

Shelf Life: Actress Jennie Garth releases memoir about lessons learned and looking ahead

“I’m putting it all on the table,” Jenny Garth tells me as she’s heading for the airport about to catch a flight to Chicago.

March 06, 2014 9:00 am
'Kids Korner' gets children involved at the Home and Lifestyle Show

'Kids Korner' gets children involved at the Home and Lifestyle Show

The 36th Annual Home and Lifestyle Show is not for adults only but instead the focus is on family fun for everyone.

March 06, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Local Tamburitza promotes the experience and legacy of the Duquesne Tamburitzans

Local Tamburitza promotes the experience and legacy of the Duquesne Tamburitzans

The lure of Tamburitza—the lively Eastern European folk music combined with dance and colorful, finely embroidered costumes captured John Pruzin Jr. at an early age.

March 06, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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A 'little' garden magic: Gardeners embrace miniature plants as fairy gardens grow in popularity

A 'little' garden magic: Gardeners embrace miniature plants as fairy gardens grow in popularity

If Tinker Bell had a garden it might look like the one Janet Magnuson and her 8-year-old granddaughter Victoria created in her backyard last spring.

February 24, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Bosnian author recounts his experience with genocide and his return to Bosnia in new memoir

Shelf Life: Bosnian author recounts his experience with genocide and his return to Bosnia in new memoir

To scenes of speakeasies, girls in cloche hats wearing pearls and bootlegging and the staccato sounds of rat-a-tat-tat.

February 23, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Edible Ornamentals: In the garden, 'food and beauty go hand in hand'

Edible Ornamentals: In the garden, 'food and beauty go hand in hand'

Consider it the ultimate never-the-twain-shall-meet. In the past, my flower gardens and vegetable garden were two different entities.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Chicago author goes into gory detail of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in historical novel

Shelf Life: Chicago author goes into gory detail of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in historical novel

To scenes of speakeasies, girls in cloche hats wearing pearls and bootlegging and the staccato sounds of rat-a-tat-tat.

February 16, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Don't forget to 'stop and buy the roses' this Valentine's Day for loved ones

Don't forget to 'stop and buy the roses' this Valentine's Day for loved ones

This Valentine’s Day everything seems to be coming up roses for Northwest Indiana’s florists.

February 14, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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'The Fonz' co-authors book series to help children overcome dyslexia

'The Fonz' co-authors book series to help children overcome dyslexia

"Omigoodness," I think, as I click on a link to the U.K.’s Top Ten Literacy Heroes and watch as a photo of Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall (that’s Camilla to "People" magazine readers like me) enjoying a chat with Henry Winkler—that’s Fonzie to anyone who ever watched the long ru…

February 09, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Learning to love History: Local educators discuss ways to excite students about the subject

Learning to love History: Local educators discuss ways to excite students about the subject

Boring! Boring! Boring! That’s how Ron Cohen describes the way most students view history. And so Cohen, earning a PhD and becoming both an author and history professor at Indiana University Northwest, quickly learned to make the subject interesting.

February 06, 2014 11:00 am Photos

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Local children consider rising to the White House and impacting the world

Local children consider rising to the White House and impacting the world

Local children may think being president of the United States is too much work or involves "too much arguing", but they do have plans for what they would change if POTUS was their title.

February 06, 2014 8:30 am
Shelf Life: Authors seek to inform and protect readers from cyber crime

Shelf Life: Authors seek to inform and protect readers from cyber crime

A decade ago, says Allan Friedman: What Everyone Needs to Know with P.D. Singer, cyberspace was, for most of us, a science fiction like term used by scientists as way to describe the emerging network of computers linking a few university labs.

February 03, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Despite the weather, Porter County Garden Show offers a lot for those with green thumbs

Despite the weather, Porter County Garden Show offers a lot for those with green thumbs

Eleven years ago, when the Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA) started their annual seed exchange, it was a small event.

February 03, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Sibling rivalry between sisters takes form in local author's new book

Shelf Life: Sibling rivalry between sisters takes form in local author's new book

Broke and about to be evicted from a crummy apartment, Jen Lancaster, a former executive in Chicago who thought she'd had it all, took to writing.

February 02, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Murder, mayhem and mystery in Lake County: Kentucky author investigates Indiana crime in new book

Murder, mayhem and mystery in Lake County: Kentucky author investigates Indiana crime in new book

As a history buff raised in Northwest Indiana, I simply couldn't resist the title of Kevin McQueen's latest book "Murder and Mayhem in Indiana."

January 29, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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Four Season Veggies: How to make vegetables last through the colder months

Four Season Veggies: How to make vegetables last through the colder months

Having difficulty dealing with the thought of a long winter without really fresh veggies picked from your garden? Don't despair.

January 29, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Author explores the relationship between two artists as they grew in love

Shelf Life: Author explores the relationship between two artists as they grew in love

Nancy Horan, who wrote "Loving Frank", the New York Times bestselling novel that explored the relationship of Frank Lloyd Wright and his lover, Mamah Borthwick Cheney, now takes us into the life of Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne.

January 24, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Author uses Chicago as setting for 'pandemic' thriller

Shelf Life: Author uses Chicago as setting for 'pandemic' thriller

A former high school English teacher, Stacey Ballis is now author of a series of popular and humorous "chick lit" books.

January 20, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Planting color and textures in the warm months yields winter garden beauty

Planting color and textures in the warm months yields winter garden beauty

Bleak and weary landscapes face us each morning as we open our shades and curtains to winter grays.

January 20, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Former English teachers writes about self-confidence and a 'big' love affair

Shelf Life: Former English teachers writes about self-confidence and a 'big' love affair

A former high school English teacher, Stacey Ballis is now author of a series of popular and humorous "chick lit" books that in her words, "don't compromise the intelligence of the reader."

January 12, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Detective D.D. Warren 'fears nothing' in new Lisa Gardner crime novel

Shelf Life: Detective D.D. Warren 'fears nothing' in new Lisa Gardner crime novel

In Fear Nothing, Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author, brings back Boston Detective D.D. Warren.

January 08, 2014 3:30 pm Photos

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Shelf Life: Cameron Diaz promotes healthy lifestyle and healthy body image

Shelf Life: Cameron Diaz promotes healthy lifestyle and healthy body image

For good reasons, a book by actress Cameron Diaz showing her long blonde hair pouring down her tawny long limbed and athletically thin body on the cover, is enough to make most women head for bed.

January 06, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Homework Help: Before feeding it to your dog, read some of these tips to help your kids

Homework Help: Before feeding it to your dog, read some of these tips to help your kids

When it’s time for homework in Rebecca Sasak’s house, she first composes a study area where her two children, ages 11 and 8, will work into a space as serene as possible.

January 02, 2014 7:30 am
Region kids strike a pose: Yoga proves to help kids focus and develop healthy minds and bodies

Region kids strike a pose: Yoga proves to help kids focus and develop healthy minds and bodies

As a special education teacher, Lisa Joesten worked every day with students experiencing an inability to focus, anxiety and an excess of unproductive energy. As a certified yoga instructor, Joesten knew how this ancient philosophy of obtaining mindfulness—an awareness of mind and body—helps …

January 02, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: 'Dreams of Duneland' takes a look back in time and a look at the lakeshore's beauty

Shelf Life: 'Dreams of Duneland' takes a look back in time and a look at the lakeshore's beauty

Luscious photos show us maple sugaring at Chillberg Farm, the Swedish settlement n the National Dunes Lakeshore and now a historic site.

December 29, 2013 12:00 pm
Lidia offers commonsense cooking advice in new book

Lidia offers commonsense cooking advice in new book

Years of fame from authoring best selling cookbooks, hosting TV cooking shows, opening restaurants and gourmet food stores.

December 25, 2013 12:00 am
Holidays in Chicago: Step out of the Region to find holiday events in the city for the whole family

Holidays in Chicago: Step out of the Region to find holiday events in the city for the whole family

The holiday season in Chicago sparkles with lights and many fun events for families to do. Here's our list of what’s best this season

December 15, 2013 10:30 am Photos

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Shelf Life: New Civil War book shows the impact Lincoln had on international relations

Shelf Life: New Civil War book shows the impact Lincoln had on international relations

The Civil War was a more than a conflict between North and South and President Abraham Lincoln recognized this larger dimension in the battle to preserve the United States.

December 08, 2013 12:45 pm
Easy upgrades: Local experts share quick ways to improve a home before the holiday guests arrive

Easy upgrades: Local experts share quick ways to improve a home before the holiday guests arrive

With just a month before Christmas, it's easy to despair at the thought of getting your home in shape for holiday entertaining.

November 26, 2013 8:00 am Photos

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