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Normal? Can’t tell you the answer to that one. “Normally,” I would not expect to see turtles and Canada geese hanging out together on a log, but, there they were. Social distancing, however, did not seem to be a concern for these critters.
Normal, it would seem, at least for now, involves a pair of blue gloves when you make a visit to the bank. Normal also involves a couple of rather important words: “social distancing.”  Normal involves being screened by answering a series of questions about your life and health when you make what...
Is this a GOAT or the G.O.A.T.?
This week, we’re going to talk a little bit about February coming to an end, unexpected things which happen on The Journey Through Life and a vaguely remote connection with Tom Brady. February came to an end over the weekend. This year, we were even lucky to have one more day in the shortest month...
A message for Ms. Bo Peep, just in case you are still searching: Didn’t see any sheep in the meadow...not even sure a meadow was spotted...but we did see some cows in the corn during a journey along Big Creek Road south of Anna one bright and sunny morning last week.
So...what are you planning to do with your extra day?  In case you hadn’t already made plans, 2020 is one of those years which includes a February 29 on the calendar. Seems to come around every four years or so. I believe we call it a leap year. And, apparently there is a little bit more to a leap...
Prelude: this photograph has absolutely nothing to do with appliances. With that in mind...a pair of squirrels appeared to be working on breakfast last Saturday morning at a feeder which is on top of some shelves which are on our front porch. Not a slice of toast was to be seen. Do squirrels even like toast? A  moment after the photograph was taken, the squirrel on the top shoved the other critter out of the feeder. The banished squirrel fell about three or feet, went to the edge of the porch, appeared to s
Isn’t there some sort of rule that says if things are going to break, there will actually be three things that break? One morning last week, yours truly began the day by stumbling through the usual morning routine, which included making a pot of coffee and a couple of slices of toast for breakfast...
Real? Nope. At least not in the sense that it was really alive. This version of a copperhead snake can be seen at the visitors center at Giant City State Park, where a program about Snake Road in Union County was presented last weekend. Copperheads are among the species which might be seen on a visit to Snake Road.
Not all that many years ago, a fellow traveler on The Journey Through Life who, at the time, was toiling at The Paragraph Factory, commented that she did not think yours truly was bored very often. Her observation was, as they say, spot on. And that certainly would have been case last Friday,...
t was a dark and snowy night...always wanted to write those words...and, indeed, it was dark, and it was snowing when the photograph was taken Wednesday night, January 29, while yours truly was motoring home after another day of toiling at The Paragraph Factory.
As sometimes happens in this space, we’re going to have a little bit of this...and a little bit of that...depending on where our simple little mind takes us... ...along with an even more shameless than usual plug for an upcoming event in our little corner of the world... ...here we go... ...if a...
A fellow traveler on The Journey Through Life shared this image of a bobcat which was captured on one of those nifty field camera thingies.
Sunshine was making a rather rare appearance last Sunday afternoon, so yours truly decided to go for a nice, long walk. It was either go for a walk in the sunshine or spend some more time on homework. Yes, kids, homework. Think that you won’t have any more homework after you finish school? Wrong....
A group of vultures, also known as a committee, or maybe a kettle, or, a wake, if they happen to be feasting on some sumptuous delicacy along the road.
This all started with what seemed like a pretty simple, maybe even silly, idea, and then quickly ended up going down a rabbit hole. By the way, do you know the name for a group of rabbits? One day last week, your writer, who also takes an occasional photograph or two or three, was looking at an...
A marker along Illinois Route 146 between Jonesboro and Ware (or Ware and Jonesboro, if you happen to be heading the other way) recalls several important stories in the history of Union County.
Bear with me, folks, as I attempt to wrap up one more loose end left over from the dearly departed year 2019...and share a little bit of a history lesson, too.  Last fall, in November, to be more specific, I motored to Carbondale to hear a presentation about a tragic chapter in the history of our...
Swans? We think so. They were seen in a silhouette on December 31.
The holiday season “officially” came to an end last Sunday evening...with a bit of a sputter. “Officially,” with quotes, looks, well, much more official than just plain old officially, standing there all by its lonesome self. “Officially” is written with confidence. Because Sunday evening was when...

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