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Through the years Galena Rotary has prided itself on a number of projects, especially those impacting the lives of young people. The club’s Jennifer Purdy Scholarship program has been a … more
Several weeks ago, the New Yorker carried a cartoon which showed a telephone ringing on a kitchen counter. In the background, an obviously panic-stricken family (mother, father, small son and … more
Lillie Mae Rische sat across from me in Scott and Laurie Rische’s backyard. Her face mask was adorned with sequins that threw small sparking bits of sunlight onto the flowered tablecloth. … more
You know you’ve done something special when there’s that warm afterglow of satisfaction the very next day. It feels like the afterglow of a beautiful sunset looks: the oranges, … more
Man is insignificant before nature. To see anything truly free, you have to look up.” Henry Matthiessen III’s photographed skies make one gasp at their shapes, colors, and light as … more
A century ago, individuals from around the area would gather to hear presenters speak on a variety of topics. Think of it as the original version of a TED Talk. Where people would talk about ideas … more
Since the pandemic started last year, my goal has been to make at least one photo during every bike ride. Early morning bike rides, even though the actual pedalling time takes an hour, usually … more
Whenever Sarah or I do something for my dear sweet mother, she says, “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” My sense is that she says those two words, three times, to anyone who helps her in … more
Jumping in a pool on a hot summer day has been a long-standing tradition in the area for over a century. I remember many summer days spending time with classmates at the pool and the many changes … more
Wildflowers are spreading across my lower land; my donkeys behaved for the vet’s visit; the Tenacity Tree is still standing. I have a daily harvest from my vegetable garden I almost did not … more
Tuesday evening, I impulsively decided to participate in a Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation guided walk at Casper Bluff. Those who joined the hike were mainly visitors to our county. These … more
The summer of 2011, my family approached Safe Haven about a new member of the family. My wife and I and our three daughters were interested in adopting. They found us the perfect dog. His name was … more
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