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A Looking for Lincoln historical marker can be seen on the Jonesboro Square. The marker is not far (within walking distance) of the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds. An historic debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place at what is now the home of the picnic grounds.
Before we get to the “good stuff,” I just wanted to share a little something about my peekaboo encounter Monday evening with a rather friendly, and playful, squirrel... Monday evening, after getting home from another day at The Paragraph Factory, I went for my daily walkabout. As I walked past the...
Lots of folks were taking the opportunity to visit Tower Rock in the Mississippi River last Saturday afternoon.
Last Saturday afternoon was a nice time to go for a walk on the beach... ...so that’s what we did. Not all that long ago, we would have considered such an adventure to be one of our Pandemic Dates. Now, the pandemic may be over for a lot of folks. We’re not quite sure about that, for very personal...
A very bright Hunter’s Moon was lighting the night sky last Sunday over your writer’s hometown. The moon was bright enough to cast shadows.
It was a dark and stormy night... ...except that it wasn’t. Which made last Sunday night’s power outage in our hometown a bit baffling. The power went out shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday. The Other Half and yours truly were doing our best imitations of being awake. She had gone outside to take care of...
An armadillo did not seem to be worried at all about the photographer’s presence last Saturday afternoon.
Trying to find some sort of a connection in a story involving a former president, a $13,000 cruise on the Mississippi River, a book sale and armadillo might seem a little bit shaky at best. Oh, well. Here we go... Happy belated birthday wishes to former President Jimmy Carter. CNN reported that Mr...
Rocky Raccoon, the solo act, wandered across the street from an entertainment venue in downtown Cobden last Saturday evening, made its way to a tree, climbed the tree and posed for a couple of photographs.
The Rocky Raccoon Magical Mystery Tour rolled right up to our front porch a couple of times last week...and made another appearance a block or so away over the weekend... If you happen to be of a “certain age,” you may be familiar with the song “Rocky Raccoon,” which was sung by some obscure...
Saw the bear...at the fair...and the deer over there (next to Anna City Hall)...
Nothing ever happens around here... Excuse me for just a moment... I sat down a few minutes ago to craft this week’s masterpiece...and managed to get a sentence or two out of the way when I heard a clatter out on the front porch... With flashlight in hand, I looked out the “front” door, which is...
Bright lights in the big city...well...bright lights in the village. The photograph was taken during a stroll to the Cobden Peach Festival...and back home again...on a nice night in August.
August has been a good time to take a walk or two... Then again, I pretty much see each and every day as a good day for a walk. For the most part, my walks are rather predictable, at least in terms of the places the journey takes me. With that being said, I did embark on a couple of adventures...
The Sturgeon supermoon...as it appeared in the sky over Union County Thursday night, August 11...at around 9 p.m.
Sometimes, when a little bit of inspiration might be needed, all you have to do is look up in the sky. That’s what I did several times during the past week or so, which meant that I got to see a supermoon...one lonely meteor...and a colorful sunset on a nice summer evening in August. Maybe you...
Turkey Day is...
Bob was not a happy camper. Somehow, Bob got a look at the column which yours truly had written for this week. I did not know he had computer skills, but it did not surprise me. Honestly, I do not know how or when he found the original column for this week. Cats are like that, though. Just when you...
Let’s say you are a tiny rodent. A field mouse, maybe. You’re out looking for something to munch on for lunch. You sense something overhead. You look up. You see this. The hawk was looking for lunch, too. The raptor was seen overhead, on display, at the Giant City State Park visitors center.
So much to write about. That, I suppose, is a good thing. So little time. Maybe not so good. For various reasons, the last couple of weeks were a bit of a challenge when it came time to craft some sort of world salad culinary masterpiece. Thanks to a couple of visitors from the south and east, we...

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