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  Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries. Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a...

Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path

Updated: 12/16/2014 12:18 PM

  From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tree. This year I looked around for ways to turn his existing toys into ornaments.

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Updated: 12/16/2014 10:03 AM

  Annie Overboe's Signature Coffee Cake is perfect for Christmas morning, New Years Day or both.

Signature Coffee Cake

Updated: 12/15/2014 11:09 AM

  Sometimes the best way to get into the holiday spirit is with music. Whether you perfer the stirring sounds of a brass band, the warmth of a community singalong or the harmony of a professionally-trained choir, you’re bound to find a show...

Sing along or just listen at upcoming holiday concerts

Updated: 12/16/2014 02:53 PM

  The holidays give bakers an opportunity to showcase their culinary talent and put in a little bit more effort into entertaining. Sure, time may be tight, but don’t pick up packaged Danishes for your holiday brunch just yet. Annie Overboe has...

Baking secrets: Coffee cake rises to any festive occasion

Updated: 12/16/2014 10:16 AM

  Gingerbread — no matter how delicious — is kind of simple for such a day of big celebrations. So we decided to jazz it up a bit, turning your basic gingerbread into a far more festive trifle layered with a rich vanilla pudding and...

Dressing up a basic gingerbread for Christmas

Updated: 12/15/2014 03:04 PM

  Columnist Michael Gerson: The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive.

For a politics of repair

Updated: 12/16/2014 12:32 PM

  Columnist Richard Cohen: This story is not about whether Angelina Jolie is indeed a minimally talented prima donna or whether Jennifer Lawrence was underpaid but an attempt to silence political satire. The film, I’m told, is funny. The...

Our cyber nightmares

Updated: 12/16/2014 12:28 PM

  A Round Lake Beach letter to the editor: As eyewitness to events at Kiev’s Maidan Square in February of this year, the popular protest did not fell the corrupt-but nevertheless-democratically elected President Yanukovych but an armed coup by...

Get the whole truth on Ukraine press

Updated: 12/16/2014 12:12 PM

  A Grayslake letter to the editor: Please consider the environment when planning holiday celebrations and shopping. Household waste increases 25 percent from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Avoid use of plastic in holiday events

Updated: 12/16/2014 12:12 PM

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