Religion calendar, Feb. 24-March 2, 2017

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A walk on Yellowstone's wild side

URBANA — You could call it a memorable meeting of the minds.

It was eight years ago in winter at Yellowstone National Park when University of Illinois Professor Bruce Fouke met famed nature photographer Tom Murphy.

The U.S. National Park Service had hired Murphy to photograph Fouke as he finished up research he'd been doing at Mammoth Hot Springs.

Meg Makes: Casserole sure to be a crowd-pleaser

I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday with my immediate family members this weekend, and my mom made this rice-and-broccoli casserole as a side dish. It's simple enough, but it was a big hit.

My Amish Home: Warm weather has our plants confused

"And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken. The grass withereth and the flower fadeth, because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand forever." Isaiah 40:5, 7-8

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Happy birthday to our first president

George Washington, our country's first president, was born 285 years ago today, Feb. 22, 1732. His birthday was made a national holiday in 1885. However, in 1971, Congress decided to celebrate all U.S. presidents' birthdays on Presidents Day, the third Monday of every February — thanks to the efforts of commercial advertisers who wished to create a weekend of Presidents Day sales.

Going with the flow

The start of canoeing and kayaking season … in mid-February?

To Your Health: Cauliflower is not just broccoli's paler cousin


Through my young daughter's eyes, cauliflower is simply "white broccoli" when it shows up at the dinner table.

While both of these vegetables are in the same family of plants, cauliflower can truly shine on its own. Plus, cauliflower can be found in purple and orange, too!

Pet Talk: UI experts discuss Seoul virus

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

"An exotics veterinarian, a public health veterinarian and a veterinary epidemiologist walk into a rattery ..."

Lauren Chambers: 'Spontaneous' isn't for the faint of heart


High school can be hard. You have to decide what to do with your life. You make plans that will affect you for decades. You navigate between what you want to do, what your parents want you to do and what everyone thinks you can do. It can feel like a lot of pressure.

The Reluctant Townie: Updating your résumé for White House job

On Monday, Michael Flynn resigned from his appointed position as national security adviser after news outlets reported that he had communicated with high-ranking Russian officials in December about reversing sanctions the Obama administration had imposed in the wake of an intelligence report about Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.