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T he Galena Brewfest was a success! On Saturday, July 22, my family attended an afternoon of trying different beers, meeting new people, and enjoying the fantastic weather. After the event, … more
A religiosity bordering on dogmatism can appear when humans decide that commitment, in and of itself, is somehow righteous. We can hang onto commitment even when we begin to question some of our … more
While researching the native groups in our region before settlement for what I had planned on being this week’s column, I took a long slow walk on my land. It was early morning. Smoke was … more
A few weeks ago, you might remember I wrote about some of my family connections to Galena over the years, including helping with overnight horseback rides at the Shenandoah Riding Center and my … more
The heat and humidity were oppressive. We had intended to talk about current plans for the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation. But Steve Barg and I seldom have conversations that do not take off in … more
A few years ago, a young woman asked me if I wished I could relive my life and do it better. “The truth is,” I told her, “I rather like just where I am. This is … more
I appreciate a very diverse range of literature. I feel like that’s fitting for someone who studied English in college to say, but when I say diverse, I really mean it. I’m someone … more
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, a fresh-faced cub reporter began his first day on the job at the Galena Gazette. His name was P. Carter Newton; the date, December 10, 1979. The Newtonian era … more
Winning a drawing at the Galena and U.S. Grant History Museum came right smack in the middle of “My Glorious Week of This, That, and the Other.” Call me fickle, but a woman of my age … more
O ne of the activities which gives me great pleasure involves making photos of sunrises during early morning bike rides. Writing this weekly column has given me great pleasure as well. For … more
A s Carter ends his weekly column, at least for the month of July, Murphy Obershaw, Bob Woodward, Mike Jones and I have been tasked to write one a month. If I am being honest, I was hesitant. I … more
For many, July 4th is a day to reunite with friends and family and celebrate our nation’s independence. For others, July 4th is the anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, a … more
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