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On Sunday, Jan. 27 a group of people with Jo Daviess County connections met for the first time in a meeting room at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. They were there for the opening retreat of the Jo … more
My life has been taken over by the elements these past few weeks. There’s air. The air’s been cold enough it’s a danger to go outside. At one point, it was -33 last … more
The day after last week’s heavy snows, the sky was clear, the sun bright. I imagined my friend Adrienne Seagraves’ hand carving out the shadowed silhouettes of leafless branches which … more
A hh. . .I remember well the first Illinois Special Olympics Winter Games 39 years ago. As I remember, the esprit de corps among all involved was incredible. But that’s a story left to … more
That snow-drifting afternoon was perfect for a short, albeit nippy walk. The chill factor was somewhere around -15 when I hiked up the hill. On windy bone-chilling days, I have learned to bundle … more
“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate–we cannot hallow–this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our … more
A fter 13-and-a-half years, my noble German Shepherd, Max, passed from this world into the next. Believing that there is more to existence than what we can see and touch, I imagine Max alive, … more
This morning I bundled up to move my trash cans to a spot where they would be secure. Earlier I had watched dawn break into a deep pink-purple. Recalling the aphorism about sailors taking warning … more
The announcement regarding the closure of the Galena Honeywell plant at the corner of U.S. 20 and Chetlain Lane here in Galena brought back a flood of memories. I was a young lad of just 24 years … more
Twenty years ago, I was Richard the Lionhearted. More accurately, I played him, on an outdoor stage. In Kankakee. I performed the part of Richard in a college-age theater production of … more
Like magic, every single Friday morning at 6:30 my trash vanishes. The guys that pick it up are a wonder! I called up Montgomery Trucking and spoke with Gordy to see if there was some way I could set … more
My neighbor, Mike Doyle, is a history sleuth. He’s the historian for the Galena Fire Department and has become one of the regulars in the Galena Public Library’s Historical Collections … more
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