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Recently, as I was driving through downtown Galena, I saw a black cat scamper across the street. Was I scared that a black cat came so close to crossing my path? No. I was overjoyed at seeing a cute … more
The end of November seemed late for harvesting corn, but four years ago, there I was riding in a combine. How in the world had my life brought me to that moment? The mild-mannered farmer explained … more
Remember the Hindu parable about the blind men and the elephant? This ancient tale reached Western audiences through American John Godfrey Saxes’s poem of the same name: “The Blind Men … more
Autumn is almost here. As it starts to get colder and the leaves start to change, so begins my favorite time in Galena. There is something about an historical town in the fall that makes me … more
Have you ever thought about words that seem funny—all by themselves? The Associated Press (AP) Style Guide, the bible of the newspaper biz, doesn’t address “funny”words. … more
Angela Rose Canfield, the ‘Mayoress’ of Warren was “workin’ so hard,” trying to push her agenda, which for modern readers might sound more like the plot of a popular … more
Emilie Brand Marchand was born in French Switzerland in 1773; she was buried in Galena in 1827. Emilie and I started a conversation last week at the Old City Cemetery. Emilie told me of their … more
Stella here. Sister and I made our human very happy this afternoon. When we were simply grazing as we do on most lazy September days, our human came over to give us a scratch. At that moment, we were … more
Veni, vidi, victus sum On Saturday, September 9, the Gazette’s Senior Locomotion Correspondent laced up his Chuck Taylors and embedded with Heroes for History’s runners. A ringer … more
A little bit about a lot of things this month. First, you may have noticed that the new Fall/Winter issue of the Galenian is out on the streets. (Mostly, we’re still making the rounds to … more
Emilie Brandt Marchand still had a strong French-Swiss accent when she spoke to me that morning at the Old City Cemetery. I was relishing the first respite from days of excessive heat. The air … more
My brother, Tom, says his least favorite letter in the alphabet is: “I” That is “I” as in Irma, Ida and Idalia. Do those names ring a bell with you? A week ago Tuesday, … more
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