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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
Hats. I see hats. When visiting Nancy and Scott Wolfe for the first time to see some of Nancy’s collection of antique hats and daily wear for women, I felt that I was inhabiting a … more
St. Johns Cemetery is a quiet and peaceful place away from the rush and turmoil of the world. It’s a place to sit and reflect. It’s located between where Cording and Miller Ridge roads … more
Everything about it is a challenge. There’s the weather, with sticky humidity and temps nearing 80. There’s the terrain, gradually sloping up. There’s the knowledge that … more
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