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The word “obituary” is relatively new in English. The first written use of “obituary” wasn’t recorded until 1706. The new noun came from the Medieval Latin obituarius … more
My wife said, “You have to read it—start right now! ‘The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 ¼ Years Old.’ It’s about Hendrik’s life in an Amsterdam nursing … more
It’s Dry January. Here are some statistics from the Pew Research Center taken from a July 2023 Gallup survey about American adults and alcohol use. All of the following data are from those 2 … more
My day started out like every other. After the typical morning activities, I took my Akita, Kia, into town for a stroll on the levee, which I often did. I love the view overlooking the river on one … more
The idea behind Dry January or “Drynuary” is that people eliminate alcohol consumption during the first month of the year. It’s an increasingly popular health and lifestyle concept. … more
As many of you know, Jan. 31 will be my last day as publisher of the Galena Gazette. This succession planning has been in place for a long time and I’m glad to see that it’s pretty much … more
Hello, my name is Jessica McBride. I live in Galena with my husband Todd. I graduated from Savanna High School in 2004. I was born on Oct. 24, 1985. I now have been employed with The Workshop … more
Today is Dec. 28. I heard a small news item while I was watching my favorite television news magazine the other day. That item reminded viewers of the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act … more
It’s 2024, a new year. A time when people take a look at their lives, figure out what they want to change and typically abandon those goals by February. For example, someone can aspire to be … more
The history of the world includes the stories of many cultures which have been overtaken by invaders and the struggle of these Indigenous People to hold on to their roots. The best example of this in … more
I have to hand it to fate. It knows what it’s doing. Late November, I was visiting family in Vienna, Austria, and my mom and I wound up on a road trip cruising south along the border … more
Santa is eternal. He has always been at the North Pole for children and always will be. Same for his reindeer. They’ve been pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve forever and always … more
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