• Sunset
    Monday, February 20, 2017 3:44 PM
    If you don’t know, I have a love affair with sunsets, especially during the winter months.
  • Monday, February 20, 2017 3:43 PM
    We tend today to take the availability of our libraries for granted but that wasn’t always so.
  • May they be at a deep and lasting peace
    Monday, February 20, 2017 3:42 PM
    Elizabeth S. “attempted to injure herself with a potato masher.”
  • Monday, February 20, 2017 3:40 PM
  • Lessons
    Monday, February 13, 2017 5:21 PM
    It’s a little device.
  • Monday, February 13, 2017 5:20 PM
    Imagine that in our nation’s long history, there have been some more acrimonious, unsettling and fractious elections.
  • Monday, February 13, 2017 5:19 PM
    As I have continued my reading and research on poor houses, and specifically the Poor House (Poor Farm) of our county, I remembered the abject poor in various countries where I have done work. 
  • Monday, February 13, 2017 5:17 PM
  • Monday, February 13, 2017 5:15 PM
    As has been recently and rightly highlighted, the Galena School Board voted recently to place a $21.8 million referendum on the ballot for the upcoming election.
  • Annual ritual
    Monday, February 06, 2017 5:03 PM
    Our lives are filled with rituals.
  • Monday, February 06, 2017 5:02 PM
    I’ve trod the firm foundation provided by this great nation for many more years than I had ever imagined.
  • Monday, February 06, 2017 5:01 PM
    Last night had a clear, dry chill which I could feel slipping under the doors even as I was warmed by the fire I’d carefully built. 
  • Monday, February 06, 2017 4:59 PM
  • Monday, February 06, 2017 4:59 PM
    The last two poems in Lynn Werner’s column last week should have appeared as is printed below.
  • Finding volunteers
    Monday, January 30, 2017 5:34 PM
    As much as anything else, what adds to the quality of life in rural communities such as ours throughout this country–actually throughout this world?
  • Monday, January 30, 2017 5:33 PM
    As has been recently and rightly highlighted, the Galena Board of Education voted recently to place a $21.8 million referendum on the ballot for the upcoming election.
  • Monday, January 30, 2017 5:32 PM
    It’s Saturday, post inauguration day.
  • A mother’s wisdom speaks through poetry
    Monday, January 30, 2017 5:30 PM
    I turn to the poetry written by my mother when I need to “talk” to her.
  • Monday, January 30, 2017 5:29 PM
  • Monday, January 23, 2017 5:25 PM
    The word “media” is being thrown about a lot.
  • Monday, January 23, 2017 5:25 PM
  • Millions of women raised their voices
    Monday, January 23, 2017 5:22 PM

    Millions of women raised their collective voices the day after the inauguration.

  • Monday, January 23, 2017 5:14 PM

    President Trump really does have a way of making waves and causing consternation for a goodly portion of the electorate just by his often offhand statements and questionable remarks.

  • Monday, January 16, 2017 3:41 PM
    It’s more by coincidence than planning that Marty Soat’s column about falling appears below this column.
  • Monday, January 16, 2017 3:39 PM
    Falls can result in both physical and psychological consequences for the older adult population. 
  • Monday, January 16, 2017 3:38 PM
  • Monday, January 16, 2017 3:37 PM
    I just finished reading a book that I would heartily recommend for anyone who finds facts more compelling than fiction.
  • Garbage flung ‘anywhere and everywhere’
    Monday, January 16, 2017 3:34 PM
    In 1905, a recognized character about town was seen “washing out three or four dirty handkerchiefs” in the basin of the drinking fountain at DeSoto House corner.
  • ‘An ubiquitous manifestation of vulgarity’
    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 8:13 AM
  • Remembering Rich
    Monday, January 09, 2017 6:44 PM
    Over the New Year’s holiday, a Dos Equis beer commercial aired featuring “the most interesting man in the world.”
  • Monday, January 09, 2017 6:41 PM
  • Monday, January 09, 2017 6:38 PM
    It’s now four days post-Christmas. 
  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017 9:36 AM
    Sarah and I have just completed a complete “gut job” of our kitchen. 
  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017 9:34 AM
  • Were the good ol’ days really that great?
    Tuesday, January 03, 2017 9:31 AM
    Pigs rutted, rooted, sniffed, poked, ate garbage, grew fat and ornery, and wandered about at will through the 19th century streets of Galena.
  • Tuesday, January 03, 2017 9:30 AM
    If we can get by the shoveling, the scraping and the complaining, we would have to admit, it is really beautiful outdoors.
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016 8:56 AM

    When it comes to clean water, Bonnie Cox, League of Women Voters–Jo Daviess County president, says, “We’re in the same boat.”

  • ‘This is the hour of life for me’
    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 8:54 AM
    My father reassured three restless little girls as he drove by one “no vacancy” sign after another. 
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2016 8:53 AM
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  • Monday, December 19, 2016 4:22 PM
    Each year as Dec. 7 rolls around, it brings to my mind all of the ways that it affected our family. 
  • Monday, December 19, 2016 4:20 PM
    Young people who work hard in class and earn good grades don’t often receive the public recognition that they deserve.
  • Monday, December 19, 2016 4:17 PM
    I’m hoping that one or some of you can help me. 
  • Monday, December 19, 2016 4:16 PM

    Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me. Jesus Christ, Matthew 25:41

  • Monday, December 19, 2016 4:14 PM
  • Protecting great beauty of diversity
    Monday, December 19, 2016 4:04 PM
    The “war to end all wars” was over. 
  • Grant Park
    Monday, December 12, 2016 5:23 PM
    Grant Park has been part of my life for a long, long time.
  • Always protect water
    Monday, December 12, 2016 5:20 PM
    "Many of us. . .are from units that have hurt you over the many years. 
  • Monday, December 12, 2016 5:11 PM
  • Monday, December 12, 2016 4:11 PM
    Being an elected state legislator is an honor and a privilege.
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