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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
Christmas traditions are rooted in our memories and have been for generations. These stories make Christmas a magical time of the year for many. The legend of Santa Claus is one of those … more
As the front-page story indicates, Vista Cafe was a mighty happy place this past week as 111 front-line workers from Midwest Medical Center and Medical Associates received the Pfizer COVID-19 … more
A biologist friend of mine wrote me an email telling me how he and his wife have been walking along the Mississippi and the Galena River identifying the occasional empty mussel shell. He wrote … more
It is Christmas time once again. Children across the nation, along with many parents, are putting together their Christmas wish lists. Some might remember opening Sears catalog every year to … more
The printed word is flourishing here at The Galena Gazette. Not only do we have our weekly newspaper which we produce every weekly along with our related website,, we also have … more
I’ve known Jim Berberet, Freeport, for a long time, probably through his work as director of the Highland Community College Foundation. Jim has Galena connections. His daughter, Sheila … more
Local rivalries are part of almost every small town across the nation. It might be Friday night football, a basketball game or any other competition that pits towns against one another. Not only … more
My mother’s family were poets, artists, dreamers and scholars, and rabbis. They were a part of a community thankful to be in the U.S. In my mother’s life, everything unraveled with the … more
We made the best of it and you know what, we survived and I would say even thrived. That was Thanksgiving this year sans family. Just Sarah and me, myself and I. And besides, there … more
Jo Daviess County residents are very familiar with the impact water has on our lives, especially during those torrential rains when rivers overtop their banks and wreak havoc on the … more
When I last saw poet Lucille Clifton, she seemed small and sad. I had recently returned to my apartment after two years of caregiving through the deaths of both of my parents. With those skills … more
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