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Last Saturday was one of those days which you wish could have stretched on...for at least a few more minutes. After a rainy and almost-cold Friday in Southern Illinois land, Saturday dawned clear and crisp, with a bright blue sky and equally bright sunshine. The day was perfect for a little bit of...
You read every day that we live in an internet world.  Particularly with young people, I seldom have to wait 10 minutes in their presence before they pull a cell phone or other device from their pocket and engage in communications with people far and near.   However, this past week there have been...
A rock with a secret message? This rock was found one day last week during a visit to the Anna Fire Department in Anna.
This week, we’re gonna rock... ...but before we do that, let’s ponder, or not, how the season abruptly changed from summer...to fall...to winter(?)...all in the period of less than a week. I don’t know about you, but I was not ready to turn on the space heater in our living room. Our cats, however...
A different approach this week – As a boy and young man growing up in Southern Illinois, I recall being warned of two potential dangers. They were beer and cigarettes.  While I was relatively naive, I knew boys in school who used both, even though our coach told them not to. Both were readily...
This is what happens when somebody has way too much time on his hands. Just seemed like a fun thing to do with a sweet potato that was as big as a small turkey.
A note to all of you fans of the St. Louis Cardinals: check out the tribute to Adam Wainwright written by Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen. You can probably find the article online.  Speaking of the Cardinals...another tough season pretty much came to an end last Saturday, thanks to the Los Angeles...
This bug, a preying mantis, paid a brief visit to a garden ornament in our yard one evening recently. The bug stuck around long enough for a couple of pictures, and then flew away into the evening.
This week, we’re just going to bug you. With big bugs. And a VW bug, too.  As you have probably figured out, I like to take pictures of bugs. And turtles. And birds. And deer. And bunnies.  And the occasional person, too.  I have found that the critters can sometimes be more cooperative than the...
A front page headline in last Monday’s New York Times reads “China, Facing U.S. Hostility, Vows to Come Out Swinging.”  Of course, most of our readers do not directly import goods from China, but this relationship, which could evolve into a major trade war affects each of us. It is easy to overlook...
This "common-looking" fellow really should not need an introduction. At least not in Illinois. This portrait of the fellow is now on display at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
One hundred and sixty years ago this month, a fellow who played a rather important role in our nation’s history paid a visit to Union County. The fellow’s name was Abraham Lincoln. Hopefully, I don’t have to say much more about his role in the nation’s history. I’m making what I hope is not a rash...
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...

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