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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
I sat next to a rock and roll hero. I kid you not. I’d seen Galena High School girls throwing themselves at him just last April. There he was. Conrad Birdie in the flesh. I did not … 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 date Sept. 11, 2001–9-11–is emblazoned in the psyche of this country. It’s one of those “I’ll always remember where I was” moments. So many people still … more

Lydia Whirlwind Soldier and I took a long walk together up Grass Mountain and then sat on an outcropping when the sun was high in the sky. A golden eagle shrieked before it settled into a tree to watch and listen.

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It is that time of year again. The Rotary Club of Galena is looking for area families to host an exchange student for the 2019-20 school year. To share the ins and outs of hosting, I’ve … more
The Rev. Stephen Ellis shared these words and many more from the pulpit of Christ Church in Savannah, Ga., in 1863. It was one of many sermons given by ministers in Confederate states defending and … more
I snuggled into my mother’s furry coat. The train rattled on the city tracks with the familiar clatter that I will always associate with those moments of closeness. We were living in San … more

The sign said “Free Stuff.”

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As explained in part one published in last week’s edition of the Gazette, the cumulative method used to elect Illinois state representatives was adopted at the Constitutional Convention of … more
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