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The obituary for Marcel Didier in last week’s paper shared important details of his life–his love family, his interest in Civil War re-enactment and something of his work and … more
Somewhere in the center of even the gentlest person rests at least one not-at-all polite wail screaming for release. Poet Walt Whitman called it his “barbaric yawp over the roofs of the … more
It all started with a chance encounter. The bike was off the car at the start of the Galena River Trail underneath the U.S. 20 bridge. Mark Moran pulled up and asked, “Can I join … more
I just got a chance to relive part of the 1990s. I had tickets to the Jones County Fair, where the Barenaked Ladies and Hootie & The Blowfish were performing. These are two bands that … more
Who needs Hulk Hogan when right here in northwest Illinois there is a wrestling world of Shakespearean proportions? In this world of carefully choreographed, yet improvised, physical theater good … more
I believe that we are called to serve those who are afflicted in a magnanimous, compassionate way that is democratic, if I may use the non-political use of the term. The annual Hunger Luncheon … more
Sometimes a deep illogical peace fills me for no apparent reason. This improbable peace appeared following a talk on climate change the evening before and then emerged again during the next … more
Few rides in this Driftless Region are as beautiful as the ride up through the Wisconsin towns of Hazel Green, Cuba City, Dickeyville, Tennyson, Beetown, Bloomington and Prairie du Chien and then … more
In June, I had the privilege of attending my first League of Women Voters (LWV) state convention in Champaign. As someone who has always been interested in politics, history and voting, the LWV … more
Last night at Turner Hall I was filled with impossible longing. In fact, the entire audience was deeply stirred as the fine cellist, violist and violinist of the Black Oak Ensemble played what … 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
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
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