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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

Their young faces stare out at us from pictures taken in the early 20th century. 

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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

The sign said “Free Stuff.”

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My childhood as an “army brat” normalized the rituals associated with authority and respect. 

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My mother used to sew our clothing when we were very small.

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It is necessary to start the conversation when we see a friend, co-worker or loved one down or depressed. Mental illnesses affect 19 percent of the adult population, 46 percent of teenagers and 13 percent of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.

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A collection of antique croquet balls and mallets sat in front of a dresser at Common Cents, a resale treasure trove at 136 N. Main St., Elizabeth. I reached down and touched one of the wooden … more
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