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The moon was rising over a tree line in your writer’s hometown on the evening of June 22. As is often the case, a picture really does not do justice to the actual image which was unfolding.
A couple of stops last week on the Journey Through Life involved some bad timing on your writer’s part. Before we ponder a couple of faux pas, let’s shine some light on the last super moon of 2021. I heard on television that the last super moon of the year made an appearance in the night sky last...
My...what big teeth you have, Mr. Groundhog...wait...what...you say it’s Mr. Woodchuck...beg your pardon.
We’ll start this week with purple potatoes and purple cupcakes. Had ‘em both for dinner last Sunday. Purple potatoes taste kind of like grapes...no...not really...they actually taste like purple crayons...just kidding folks...but the potatoes were purple... The Other Half grew the purple potatoes...
This creature does not have feathers...at least not at this point in the evolutionary process.  And, as far as could be determined, it cannot fly. We'll give it a few million years and see what might happen. Folks said that pigs couldn't fly either...
Lately, it seems like there been a lot of news about unidentified flying objects. You know. UFOs. Perhaps you have seen your very own UFO. I have not. Unless you count flying objects with feathers. UFOFs. Unidentified flying objects with feathers. Take, for example, the Mississippi kite, a bird...
Now that we can travel again, book a trip to Stinson Memorial Library on Saturday. Read on to find out why...
First things first, ‘cause the usual last thing originally wasn’t going to be last this week. We’re talking about this little gem of a distraction you are reading. “Normally,” this column and other accompanying words of wisdom would appear on the back page of the paper. Of course, who can say what...
My...what a big eye you have, Mr. Bunny... Did it help you find the cabbage The Other Half is growing in her garden a little bit easier?
Our focus this week is on a Big Adventure...a vulture that looked like it needed something to eat...a bunny that probably enjoyed some fresh cabbage...and the return of a mystery bird... Please read on... This week’s “topic” originally was going to be about something else. That happens. A lot. You...
A cardinal appeared to munching on a snail hors d’oeuvre one evening. By the way, have you ever wondered why “hors d’oeuvre” is pronounced “or derv”?
Once again this week, we’re going to treat you to a little bit of this...and a little bit of that...you might even say this one is for the birds...it just kind of turned out that way... Seemed like we had two or three seasons rolled into one last Sunday. Early in the morning, the weather was kind...
Not to worry, folks...it’s not real...not even close...we’re going to let you in on a little secret this week...those “snow snakes” which made an appearance last time...they were frozen figments of the writer’s imagination...for all of the details...please keep on reading this...
...the “snow snakes” that were created on the hood of the world’s ugliest pickup truck were able to make their appearance thanks to a fake snake. Your writer dropped the plastic python on the April snow which had fallen somewhat unexpectedly in our little corner of the world.  The pseudo snake...
Maybe I’ll send this one to National Geographic, or, even better, the National Enquirer. Extremely rare snow snakes made an appearance last week in the April snow and cold. A pair of them apparently spent some time frolicking on the World’s Ugliest Pickup Truck, which is parked in front of our house.
That was odd, the writer who has never won a Pulitzer Prize and is not Ernest Hemingway, thought as the Canadian National freight train rumbled its way north through Union County early last Monday afternoon. A locomotive was pulling a long line of freight cars. Nothing unusual, or odd, about that....
It was a dark and stormy night...really...it was dark...and stormy...and almost night time...this is what happens when the photographer is sitting in the car...waiting to see if a high school football game in April is going to resume after being put on hold because of Mother Nature’s dramatics...in keeping with the theme for this week’s column, we’ll call this photo “the old man and what he did see.”*
Let’s start this week with something in the “don’t even know what to do with this one” category... While scrolling through Apple News headlines last Saturday morning, I ran across the following item: USA TODAY Fact Check: False claim links births of Biden, other Democrat politicians to alleged UFO...
Trilobite fossils...found in Southern Illinois, just not anywhere near a rugged mountain terrain, since we don’t have very many mountains in our little corner of the world.
Long ago, as in long, long, long, long ago, critters called trilobites wandered around on the bottom of the ocean in what is now Union County. Trilobites kind of resembled little creatures which are wandering around the planet today called sowbugs and pillbugs. Sometimes, we call them roly-polies....

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