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Horses and surely a few donkeys were once commonplace on Main Street. In the early 20th century, “horseless carriages” were no more than a curiosity. Changes in transportation … more
The teenager took off her shoes as soon as she arrived at the Mines of Spain. She waded into Catfish Creek and looked out at the Mississippi River. Christie Trifone-Simon found her sanctuary … more
When many people think of youth services at the library, their thoughts turn to storytime for toddlers and preschoolers or summer reading programs for school-age children, but youth services at … more
It was a sweet, sweet moment at The Galena Foundation annual meeting last week at the DeSoto House Hotel for a man who acted humbly, who has given the Galena community a wonderful gift and … more
Last Thursday morning sometime after 11 a.m., lightning struck Prairie Ridge. Some in this community might suggest that the lighting strike hit at the most appropriate place: right above John … more
Hats. I see hats. When visiting Nancy and Scott Wolfe for the first time to see some of Nancy’s collection of antique hats and daily wear for women, I felt that I was inhabiting a … 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
I was 12,500 feet off the ground with the cabin door completely open. The wind was whipping my hair in every direction, and my body was strapped tightly to a seat. Strong men in uniform surrounded … 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
Through the years I’ve seen tissues passed around at funerals, wakes and even a wedding. Never have I seen tissues passed from one person to the next at a school event. . .until … more
Scene 1: Roberto Silva and I are sitting in a restaurant in the Ñuñoa neighborhood in Santiago, Chile. Three young people, probably in their 20s, sit next to us. You can tell that … more
He was an odd sort of fellow. Few would have recognized his genius had they seen him walking the slopes of our region in his tattered clothing. He was thin, his face angular, his diffidence … more
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