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What does a small bird have in common with Christina H., from Galena, who was declared “insane” and ordered to be committed to an asylum in February 1909? This morning just before I … more
“This could go in your permanent record.” For generations of schoolkids, that sinister sentence was a threat, injunction, mystery and sword of Damocles. We didn’t know exactly … more
Some of you may have noticed the article in the Sunday, July 30 issue of the Telegraph Herald that I plan to retire from the publisher roles of the TH and the Galena Gazette come January 2024. Mike … more
Stella here. Sister and I insisted on writing this week’s column. Lynn, our giver of scratches, comfort, hay, and carrots, needed a break. She was ready to continue writing the series on … more
When I was in junior high, I was confused by the girls in my class who were obsessed with Disney princesses. They talked about the new movies and voted for our teachers to play Disney playlists … more
“Do unto others and all that, as if that means anything to most folks,” a struggling man of my imagination said to me the other day as I was taking a walk in the heat. I figured he … more
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
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