Lovie Smith

MaryAnne Smith is focused on family. And being the spouse of a coaching professional can be quite daunting. The outside pressure from the public can be enormous. Moving to Champaign-Urbana makes this the Smiths’ twentieth home in Lovie Lee Smith’s –his given name- football coaching career. Moving is considered one of the biggest stressors in life; something that could even bring about great strife to a marriage. Try multiplying that by 20.

Obviously, MayAnne and Lovie are solid. Indeed.

Geetha Sivaguru bustled around her kitchen. Fresh vegetables, spices, herbs, and pans were everywhere. This decade approaching junior high science teacher will tell you that she loves to cook for anyone who asks. She likes to share her love- and art- of Indian cooking and cuisine. The day At Home in Central Illinois visited her, she was preparing Jeera Rice with Curried Lentils.

What is “slow food?” It conjures up all kinds of images, but the correct one is that it is the opposite of “fast food.” The roots of slow food come from Italy, where journalist Carlo Petrini became outraged over the opening of a McDonald’s franchise in Rome. Concerned about the impact on Rome’s culture, he organized protesters who held bowls of penne. They shouted, “We don’t want fast food — we want slow food!” The slow food movement was born. 

Strawberry Fields

 Mohammed AL-Heeti knew everyone was sad about Strawberry Fields closing.

 

“I remember many years ago when I came here from Iraq, we went there. Many were upset. They weren’t making money,” he said. “July 2014 we started visiting then. The concept of us buying Strawberry Fields was an idea.”

 

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