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In 1986, Robert Fulghum wrote a book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. If you haven’t read the book, you probably have seen or heard the short essay of the same … more
Scales Mound has a long history of strong community pride. Few places embrace and embody the small town lifestyle as much as Scales Mound, and that pride dates back generations. Residents at … more
As we flip our calendars from 2020 to 2021, it feels like we can breathe a little. Right? A fresh start. A blank canvas. A new beginning. Maybe not? Maybe some of us are not physically ready … more
Sister, one of my two rescue donkeys, fell in love. I had not imagined such joy on my land when I asked Marie McDonough for a separated, masked, outdoor interview on eldercare. As soon as she met … more
We are all familiar with this phrase which usually emerges each election cycle. It has been expressed for years but typically accomplishes minimal results in Illinois. Our state faces many … more
While elected officials in Washington, D.C., have been in conflict and questioning each others’ judgement over whether United States residents who meet the requirements should receive $600 … more
The clergy at every place of worship plays an important role in the lives of those in the congregation. Rev. William Bally was one of those individuals who served the community for decades. … more
Cindy Tegtmeyer is a radiant presence. During much of COVID, she has posted remarkable Facebook pictures of her morning walks and her vegan meals made primarily from foods produced locally and … more
Thirty years ago, I was working with a non-profit medical group in a Latin American country. Part of my role in the health-based rural development group was to make videos for international … more
Dec. 31 is just around the corner. The date symbolizes the start of something new and a hope for a better new year. No year in recent memory has been more in need of hope for the future than … more
Should auld acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind? These lyrics originally penned by Scottish poet Robert Burns are known to so many around the world. But, this year, these words … more
The day after our first snow, I had a long chat with my donkeys. Sister was particularly attentive that morning. I was not sure just what she was picking up from me. “How did the … more
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