LAS VEGAS – Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things – that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. At the International CES gadget show this week, I explored many of the elements that could lead to a smarter home. Some were intriguing; others disappointing. Are the capabilities on offer worth the expense and hassle? I’m not entirely convinced.
Another holiday season has passed, and with it the marathon cooking and baking sessions. The hours spent using every kitchen appliance and inch of counter space had a potential benefit more lasting than a good meal: When we really use our kitchens, we discover what does and doesn’t work in this very important room.
At a time when some in this country feel a sense of antipathy toward Arab-Americans living among us, it is worth remembering that during World War II a number of Japanese-Americans – as well as German prisoners of war – were working and living in McHenry County.
The arrival of a new year is always a good time for fresh starts, and there are few things as enjoyable to start – or that provide fresher returns – than gardening.
When you think of a feather, what comes to mind? Peacock plumage in flamboyant, iridescent blues? Or maybe a leafy glade full of forest creatures and woodsy hues?
From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tree.
Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn’t have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our crafts and give them away too.
Christmas is less than a week away, and once again you find yourself exercising your brain to the max to think of perfect gifts for the ones you love. What do they want? What won’t break the bank? If they’re in from out of town how do they get it home?
McHENRY – “The Santa House” has looked a little empty this year.
Just like the song, he's gone down in history. But that's not why the reindeer with his nose so bright was created.
UNION – Rick Goldschmidt isn’t one for mincing words. He became the historian and archivist for Rankin/Bass Productions Inc. out of appreciation for the integrity and skill the New York production company exemplified when creating iconic holiday specials such as “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “The Year Without a Santa Claus.”
NEW YORK – Inspired by that colorful homemade gingerbread on Instagram or the hand-painted coasters on Pinterest, but worried about your skills?
RUDOLPH, Wis. – Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small Wisconsin village that shares its name with the most famous reindeer.
NEW YORK – A snaggletooth 8-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playing.
For many people, the rules for posting personal news on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything.
WOODSTOCK – Children may dream about their wedding day – the dress, the flowers, the ring – a fairytale event. Then as life twists and turns, those wishes can seem more unobtainable.
For generations, the choice was simple:
The following is a listing of Christmas tree farms in McHenry County.
Clark Griswold would be proud.
Company’s coming. It’s time to clean up your act.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Wearing a holiday-red sweater, with a sash of her newly introduced snowman-print fabric wrapped around her neck, Mary Ann Johnson is ready to tackle her next possibility.
UNION – Quilt aficionados and rail fans will have an opportunity to satisfy both passions during a special “Hobo Quilts and Railroads” presentation at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12, at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St., Union.
Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn.