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

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Join me on a journey down a jungle river in Colombia. 

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As children of the military, we joined other children on the base for the Christmas celebrations. My father was often the hospital commander. We were Jewish kids at Christmas. We felt at home with the trees, Santa and presents. We figured those celebrations were simply American. What did we know then of the separation of church and state?

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Sue Meusel, administrative secretary at the Jo Daviess Carroll Career and Technical Education (CTE) Academy in Elizabeth loves her job.

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I refused to walk down the trail leading to the rope bridge which I knew was precariously spanning the churning river.

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This time the hunter did not tell me, “Don’t flap your gums talking about stuff you don’t know nothing about.”

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The house is painfully quiet.

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Lenny dances about when making music, face animated, arms and legs loose for that’s how music moves right on through him. “Suess” has a greater stillness.

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Shelves stacked with jars of peanut butter at Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly are as good a place as any to find the sweet and poignant dreams of youth.

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

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Lee Ann Hansen, waitress at Charlie’s Place in Hanover, doesn’t abide much with people who judge others by how they look or where they’re from.

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I have never met a dog who grumbled about old age.

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