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There is an interesting trend going on, primarily on the West Coast, that has interesting implications for education.   The trend seems to be to allow factors other than grades to influence which students get academic honors and even scholarships.   The basis for this seems to be that the academics...
At the river’s edge...the Mississippi River at Grand Tower appeared to be fairly calm during a recent visit on a summer afternoon.
Summer, it would seem, “officially” has come to an end. I say “official,” mainly because I like to occasionally use some “quotes” to make a word look more important than it really is. Even so, pundits often refer to Labor Day, which we observed on Monday, Sept. 3, as the “official” end of summer. I...
...to tell you the truth, we’re just kind of “horsing” around a little this week...I’m thinking they were wondering why the crazy guy was taking their picture...
The 2018 Union County Fair has come. And gone. The celebration of Union County’s long and rich agricultural traditions came to an end last week. And, in keeping with tradition, yours truly took approximately 46,000 photographs during various visits to the fair during the course of the week. This...
Each of us has experienced inflation at one time or another that required us to review and change our spending habits.   However Venezuela with its currency, the Bolivar, has entered uncharted territory.  Last week Venezuela reported inflation for their national currency had hit 32,714 percent...
Little Bunny Foo Foos? Don’t know for sure. Maybe we could call them Little Bunnies Two Two. The bunnies didn’t have much to say. I can tell you that it’s kind of hard to get a decent picture of a bunny in the dark.
This one falls into the category of “I probably heard about such stuff, but didn’t really pay much attention.” Lately, I’ve been doing my daily walkabouts in the evening hours. For one thing, evenings generally have been a little bit cooler. Not less humid, mind you. Just cooler. For another thing...
A streetlight served as a backdrop for this image, which kind of reminded me of the “bat signal” which is used to call Batman for help. Or not
A not so itsy, bitsy spider created a not so itsy bitsy web right in front of our house one night last week. The creation involved a sweet gum tree in our front yard and what may well be the ugliest pickup truck on the planet. The truck, by the way, is ours.  Most of the time, the truck just kind...
While each week the media floods our newspapers, television and radio with hundreds of interesting and important items, in the field of international affairs the dominant theme this past week was  immigration: both legal and illegal. While most of you are aware of the topic, today we will look at...
Foxes, nekkid ladies, a kite and more stuff...
This week, how ‘bout a fox, or two, on the run, and a little bit of magic? One morning last week, yours truly was motoring to Anna to begin another exciting day at The Paragraph Factory, where production was slated to once again focus on stringing together some vowels and consonants into coherent,...
Splish, splash, they were taking a bath...or so that is what I was told by somebody who should know about such things
Oh...to be a goose...in a pond...on a hot and humid summer afternoon in Southern Illinois... ...bear with me, dear readers. Once again this week, the focus is on critters. Feathered critters. Canada gooses, to be sure. Before we get to the topic at hand, let me revisit, one more time (and then we’...
Whistling a happy tune? This high quality image is the silhouette of a black-bellied whistling duck. Really. It is. But you probably knew that. Right?
This week, we’re gonna be whistlin’ ducksie...and doing a little bit of deer hunting... ...sorry about “gonna”... ...and “whistlin’ ducksie”... ...and, no, I did not go deer hunting, at least not in the traditional sense of the word. I’m thinking that would have been vaguely illegal. A couple of...

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