No need for pregnant pause

You’ve probably seen the videos or at least heard the stories of women a month or two away from delivery and still pumping iron and running marathons. These pregnant phenoms elicit as much admiration as they do concern from onlookers.

Kerth: One man’s path to goodness, one rescued worm at a time

I guess you might call it a silly weakness.

Atwater: Problem a matter of perception

Mr. Atwater: If you are addicted to one thing, does that mean you are automatically addicted to everything? Also, if you were an alcoholic and you stopped drinking for a long time, can you drink alcohol again?

Area artists open studios for self-guided tours

A wide range of artwork including pottery, painting, art glass, jewely, photography and mixed media will be displayed during the2014 Studio Art Tour.

Atwater: Theory uncovers keys to loneliness, unhappiness

Is it really easier to be unhappy than happy? Some would say that it is.

Local Authors Corner: Books written by McHenry County residents

The following is a collection of books written by local authors who live or once lived in or around McHenry County. Unless otherwise noted, the titles below are available through and all traditional booksellers. If you are a local author and would like to be included in this list, please send your information to

Small print: McHenry County authors join nationwide self-publishing trend

As the mother of two sets of twins two years apart, Dawn Karlovsky of Algonquin quickly learned a thing or two about parenting, particularly when it came to organization.

Reality show featuring East Dundee bridal salon to air sneak peek

“Best in Bridal,” a new bridal reality series featuring Complete Bridal of East Dundee, will air a sneak peek at 9 p.m. Sept. 2 on FYI Network.

Kerth: A phone-call reminder of a long-ago night of love

Imagine what would you would do if you got a call from a woman you took to dinner 26 years ago, and she said to you on the phone, “I have a reminder of that night sitting next to me right now, and that little reminder is 6 inches taller than I am.”

Fashion designer, 13, finds success

AUSTIN, Texas – At the age of 9, Isabella Rose Taylor – a painter since she was 3 – took a weeklong sewing class with an eye toward incorporating textiles into her artwork. She quickly discovered a love for fashion design as well, taking the class twice more that summer. Now, at 13, her line is debuting at Nordstrom stores this fall and she’s set to hold her first show at New York Fashion Week.

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