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What in the world could my discovery of liverworts in a close-up photo of mosses along my stream have to do with brothels in Jo Daviess County in the mid-19th century? A week ago while I was … more
Last Thursday was one of those yin and yang type of days. There was the jubilation surrounding the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a celebration of the completion of the Galena River Trail to … more
Congratulations, Class of 2019! We’ve all thrown in an immense amount of hard work, blood, sweat, tears, and maybe a little of whatever weird vegan thing Kyle is cooking up in foods class … more
He stood in the Hy-Vee parking lot on Locust in Dubuque. I had picked up a few items and was headed back to my car. The day was balmy; the air had an embracing softness. He stood by his … more
It was like going down memory lane last Friday morning at Hartig Drug store this past Friday morning. Inside, Dick Hartig was all smiles as he introduced his two sons, Wes and Charlie. He was a … more
Don’t ask me exactly why certain people enter my heart. They just do. I suppose there is a selfless earnestness about them. A fresh enthusiasm. An unsung dedication to their task. For years … more
Thursday, May 23 is circled on my calendar. I hope it’s circled on your calendar, as well. There’s going to be a neat little inclusive event at the Galena River Trailhead underneath … more
I was in paradise yesterday when hiking the Sentinel Trail at Mississippi Palisades State Park. A day after being drizzle-drenched, I walked in awe with a friend who can discern one bird song from … more
Through the years I’ve seen tissues passed around at funerals, wakes and even a wedding. Never have I seen tissues passed from one person to the next at a school event. . .until … more
The teenager took off her shoes as soon as she arrived at the Mines of Spain. She waded into Catfish Creek and looked out at the Mississippi River. Christie Trifone-Simon found her sanctuary … more
Well now. . .do you think I learned a lesson this past week writing about weather on Boy Scout Pilgrimage weekend? At the Rotary auction last Saturday night while heavy, wet snow came down in … more
On Tuesday morning, April 23, I watched the eager involvement of the children attending Galena’s Earth Day Festival. They took their responsibility to “Plant a Tree and Make a … more
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