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At one point, I am shoeless. At another point, I need to carry a woman across the stage. Then, a little later, I am serving tea on top of an elephant. It’s just standard fare for a radio … more
This past Monday, I received an envelope in the mail here at the office and after opening it, I found one of the most uplifting gifts, a thank you note from the Scales Mound basketball team. This … more
My father directed evacuation hospitals in France and Germany during World War II. While he was gone, my mother, older sister, and I stayed with his parents in Omaha, Neb. The neighborhood bully … more
Everyone in his family referred to him as “Uncle Jerry,” according to John Cox. It was an endearing term for Jerry Murdock, the former president and board chair of Galena State Bank, now … more
It was during one of my first tours in town that I got a question I hadn’t expected: “Where is U.S. Grant buried?” Admittedly, I was new to leading tours in Galena, so I was … more
A new bridge opened with much celebration in Galena on April 12, 1907. The Spring Street swing bridge opened to traffic, once again bringing together Galena’s west and east sides. The … more
Children are settled into their seats as the curtain rises on the last episode of “Not Cheaper by the Dozen.” The curtain rises as a kite acting as a camera flies by a few street lights … more
I believe that there is something innate within us–well at least for most of us–to yearn for stable lives. Somehow we become averse to change. We seek a safe harbor for fear or … more
This week, after hundreds of stories, thousands of pages of print, and meaningful connections in this community too numerous to count, I am leaving the place I call home. I begin a new chapter in my … more
April showers bring May flowers, but April also brings an increase of severe storms to our area. We have been fortunate in recent years to not have had many tornadoes touch down. There have been … more
The neighborhood children were sad after the announcement that the theater was going to be closed for repairs. One of the girls had even checked out “Not Cheaper by the Dozen” from the … more
Back in the good old days when our kids were young, we’d head to Florida over the long Martin Luther King holiday weekend to see my brother and his family in Florida, as well as take in some of … more
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