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When some people see complete strangers taking photos of their house or property, they get completely freaked out. It’s like some kind of invasion of privacy even though the photographer is … more
The great tenderness of State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story looked out from the soft eyes of grazing donkeys. She seemed to still be embracing two rescued pot-bellied pigs as they grunted, slurped … more
It really is quite remarkable on so many levels the success of the Galena Country Fair through all of these years. Held over Columbus Day Weekend for approximately 40 years, this even has … more
The Department of Veterans Affairs, commonly referred to as the VA, was officially established in 1930 when the three agencies administering veterans’ benefits were consolidated into one. … more
Rosa sat before the sacramental altar at St. Michael Catholic Church on Bench Street. She wore a full blue-hooped formal. The priest spoke to her quietly in Spanish. After the Mass, we all … more
The obituary for Marcel Didier in last week’s paper shared important details of his life–his love family, his interest in Civil War re-enactment and something of his work and … more
Somewhere in the center of even the gentlest person rests at least one not-at-all polite wail screaming for release. Poet Walt Whitman called it his “barbaric yawp over the roofs of the … more
It all started with a chance encounter. The bike was off the car at the start of the Galena River Trail underneath the U.S. 20 bridge. Mark Moran pulled up and asked, “Can I join … more
I just got a chance to relive part of the 1990s. I had tickets to the Jones County Fair, where the Barenaked Ladies and Hootie & The Blowfish were performing. These are two bands that … more
Who needs Hulk Hogan when right here in northwest Illinois there is a wrestling world of Shakespearean proportions? In this world of carefully choreographed, yet improvised, physical theater good … more
I believe that we are called to serve those who are afflicted in a magnanimous, compassionate way that is democratic, if I may use the non-political use of the term. The annual Hunger Luncheon … more
Sometimes a deep illogical peace fills me for no apparent reason. This improbable peace appeared following a talk on climate change the evening before and then emerged again during the next … more
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