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Lakefront gem

Lakefront gem

Apr 13 2015

The Yerkes Observatory sets itself apart in the Wisconsin village of Williams Bay. Set on 77 acres, the massive structure is well…

Be Kind, Have Courage

Be Kind, Have Courage

Apr 09 2015

I saw the remake of Cinderella last night. As remakes go, it was nicely done. The story has some meanings that hold…

These looks are familiar

These looks are familiar

Apr 06 2015

I quit keeping track of the number of TV shows devoted to interior design, home remodeling, etc., etc. They aren’t high on…

Life in the food desert

Life in the food desert

Apr 02 2015

When I was in the newspaper business, I once wrote about the challenges full-service grocery stores face in small towns (usually defined…

Here are a couple samples

Here are a couple samples

Apr 01 2015

What I have today is some quick self-promotion. I’ve had some questions about what people might expect in personal books. So I’ve posted a…

A surprise visit

A surprise visit

Mar 31 2015

The spring warmup is fine with me, but today I’m going back a couple months to Jan. 9. It was one of…

Singing for a crowd

Singing for a crowd

Mar 30 2015

Weekly rehearsals paid dividends Sunday afternoon for the Coles County Barbershop Chorus. Payment wasn’t in a financial way, as the offering from…

Don’t cry, girls

Don’t cry, girls

Mar 29 2015

It’s Sunday, a good time to find something good to read. The best reads generally are pieces in which you can place…

Happy 85th

Happy 85th

Mar 27 2015

Bill Hamel turns 85 today. For those of you outside of Central Illinois who don’t know, Bill worked 45 years at the…

One man, 1,500 funerals

One man, 1,500 funerals

Mar 26 2015

Doing research on a piece I’m writing, I ran across Mabel Clark, the former owner of Clark’s Foundry in Mattoon. When I…

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