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Osteoporosis is commonly called a “silent disease.” Often, breaking a bone is the first clue you have osteoporosis. Some people learn that they have osteoporosis after they lose … more
Stella and Sister leaned over the fence to see the colorfully wrapped gift. I held the cup up to Sister’s left eye since her right eye is now completely blind. Both of them agreed that the … more
We, as in grandson Paul Carter Newton III (I call him PC III but everyone else calls him “Carter”) and yours truly cooked up a storm in Jefferson City, Mo. Outside, on our first night … more
One hundred years ago, a group of enthusiastic business owners in Galena decided to change their name from the Galena Businessmen’s Association and reorganized as the Galena Chamber of Commerce … more
The boy in the tree was waiting for me with a Christmas gift when we met for the last time. “Though I created you to tell the story of 401 Park Ave., you did not have to give me a … more
The morning was wintry when I reached the young boy in the tree this week. I pulled myself up the limbs, carrying a thermos of hot chocolate, some marshmallows and a pair of warm mittens. After … more
Turner Hall has been a part of the social life in Galena for the past 147 years. That is apparent when looking through the Galena Gazette from 100 years ago and the wide variety of events that … more
You know the old Johnny Carson joke about fruitcake? “There’s only one fruitcake in the world and people keep sending it to each other.” Well, a rough analogy fits for … more
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
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