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Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. I enjoy carving the turkey, mostly for selfish reasons. I can hide the best bits of the dark meat. I’m with mostly white-meat eaters so … more
A little girl leaned into her mother. She was surrounded by whatever people could drag out of their meager homes. The child living in Galena that cold February night in 1856 was surely traumatized by … more
The topic was “Traditional ceremonial clothing and accessories; past, present and future.” The speaker was my dear friend, Chloris Lowe, New Lisbon, Wis., former president of the Ho-Chunk … more
M any years ago I bought my dining room table at a second-hand store. It was buried under cushions and old lace tablecloths. I felt irrationally drawn to it. It was not a valuable piece but I … more
A couple of weeks ago, I made a trek to my hometown of Muskegon, Mich., to check in on my dear sweet mother. I wanted to make sure she wasn’t terrorizing the neighbors with late-night … more
A t the Business Blend last week at Illinois Bank & Trust, I talked about what the newspaper is tuned into. “This is the week where everything happens,” I said. There’s the … more
One of my sons visited me last weekend. Michael lives in Jerusalem. He is an observant Jew. As a part of his religious practice, he sets aside the Sabbath as a holy day. The candles welcoming the … more
My great disappointment, my only disappointment with this year’s Galena High School football season has nothing to do with the team’s record or the effort the young men put into the … more
Once again, Galena’s population grew four-fold during the weekend Halloween celebration. Over 50 participants in the parade, a dozen balloons glowing along U.S. 20, Ghoulish Gala dance at … more
Would the average person get excited about cracking a double-yolk egg? Probably not. But if they found more than one double-yolk egg in a dozen eggs, then maybe they may get a bit excited. That was … more
On Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) will host its last in a series of events featuring Native American voices of our region. The event is called … more
Three young Lakota women look out at the arena of the Rosebud Pow Wow. I photographed them when I was visiting my Lakota friends a couple of years ago. I hesitated to take their picture. This was … more
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