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I climbed the tree this week and just sat for a while with the young boy who has been watching 401 Park Ave. for 200 years. The lad, who readily admits with some pride to being created by me as a … more
My morning routine lately has been to write back and forth with a friend, Carmen Patricia, in Chile. We have a couple of things in common. We both go by our middle names–Patricia and … more
Northwest Illinois Economic Development (NWILED) is hosting a unique program–maybe the first of its kind–at the DeSoto House Hotel next week. To facilitate business and economic … more
There is nothing moral or immoral about a word itself; a word accumulates connotations through its usage. “Democrat,” as an adjective, is used only by petty politicians and would-be … more
It was chilly sitting in the tree with the young boy who had taken it upon himself to be the guardian of 401 Park Ave. for 200 years. We spent most of Thanksgiving chatting with one … more
Elm trees once created a green canopy over 401 Park Avenue, but in 200 years, leafless branches often cast dark silhouettes on the snow. An ageless boy and I sat on the mythical branch of an elm … more
Galena has hosted many famous writers, among them Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Artemus Ward and Nelson Algren. Also Janet Ayer Fairbanks, MacKinlay Kantor, James Gate … more
I’m back from Chile, but not without a bit of unwanted fanfare. Traveling from Chile to JFK International Airport in New York, N.Y., proved to be quite easy. With Global Entry … more
It felt good to get back together again. The Galena Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. It was a big night for local businesses. … more
A young man has been perched up in a tree overlooking 401 Park Ave. for almost 200 years. Since the young lad is my own literary invention, I am able to chat with him freely as I uncover the … more
We often take things for granted. It is hard to imagine a world without electric light, but it wasn’t too long ago in our community’s history that approval was needed to install … more
Due to frequent trips to Chile, Joel Holland has long teased me in not so subtle ways that I might have a secret family in Chile. I’ve often responded, “One family is … more
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