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  • As luck would have it, that ache in your jaw, the one nagging you all weekend, turns out to be your body’s voice sharing the news of an abscess. An emergency root canal is the response. Annoying, yes, but likely not life-altering; a clear care plan is in place. Your problem, pain, procedure, and healing regimen are neatly packaged. Fellow root canal survivors are readily at hand for reassurance, ready to share their own maligned-mouth tales, loudly and with the gusto of a true comrade. Now, in…
  • As luck would have it, that ache in your jaw, the one nagging you all weekend, turns out to be your body’s voice sharing the news of an abscess. An emergency root canal is the response. Annoying, yes, but likely not life-altering; a clear care plan is in place. Your problem, pain, procedure, and healing regimen are neatly packaged. Fellow root canal survivors are readily at hand for reassurance, ready to share their own maligned-mouth tales, loudly and with the gusto of a true comrade. Now, in…
  • The photographs of Adrienne (DeBoer) Fox stand resolute as markers of the artist’s interest in capturing the work, play, surroundings, lineage, and quirkiness of her family and, in her recent “Maternity” series, the evolving families of others. Fox’s images also offer entry into her view on Midwestern qualities: earnestness, obliqueness, Annie Oakley gumption, prairie, eternal winter, and twisted dry humor.  Come and experience Fox's take on the Midwest, female protagonists, and the i…
  • IN HIS EIGHTIES, TERRENCE WILLIAMS IS CASUALLY DAPPER in a tweed sports coat, pressed jeans, horn-rimmed glasses, and New Balance sneakers. One can often find him at the Walker Art Center, where he's a volunteer tour guide and dedicated patron. I've always known Williams to exhibit a gentle, unassuming demeanor; it was only after a recent conversation with him that I began to appreciate the extraordinary color of his life: He once dated a six-foot tall Icelandic woman who smoked cigars; he house…
  • Tina — a wee, brown teddy bear — made her way from Germany to Illinois thirty years ago as a gift from a big brother to a little sister. Erika Ritzel, the proud owner of Tina, would like those closest to her to appreciate the attachment one can have to an object, gifted or discovered. When Ritzel is someday gone, she hopes this plushy, transatlantic bear is just one of many such things imbued with her memory—a sentimental heirloom for a child or grandchild. Ritzel recently published a book…