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Lydia Whirlwind Soldier and I took a long walk together up Grass Mountain and then sat on an outcropping when the sun was high in the sky. A golden eagle shrieked before it settled into a tree to watch and listen.


It is necessary to start the conversation when we see a friend, co-worker or loved one down or depressed. Mental illnesses affect 19 percent of the adult population, 46 percent of teenagers and 13 percent of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.


Ohhhhh. . .would I have liked to have been a fly on the wall inside the meeting room in Stillman Mansion the last week of June. more

The young musicians walked on the stage. They lifted their bows. The music soared. The children’s faces represented some of the best young classical musicians in the world. In the world of music, race, religion or national origin has no favorites. The urge to make music is universal.


This week, we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


A rare picture postcard shows an elaborate display of July 4, 1914, fireworks in Galena. The photo, which was taken from the Grant Park area, looks west over the Green Street bridge toward Annunciation/Saint Michael School (now the Galena ARC). The other evening, I stood where I imagined that photo being shot, and thought of the children sitting on the hillside, looking with innocent wonder at the display. more

When two organizations dedicated to helping people decide to join in a common effort, it’s a big deal. That’s exactly what’s happening between Jo Daviess County Transit and the Galena Food Pantry. more

A nation’s heart was torn into a thousand pieces last week by the voice of a Guatemalan child who had been torn from his parents’ arms. more

Some people are true community treasures. They perform some task that benefits the community and do so with dedication, passion and from behind the scenes. They help make a community a better place to live work and play. more

Talk about a meeting of the minds! The Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society has a rare opportunity next week to host a remarkable team of brilliant historians and academics, experts in the history of Galena, to help us shape the direction of the Historical Society for generations to come. more

Well, I did it. I signed up. There’s no turning back now. more

When I lived in Latin America, I interviewed the victims of political violence in a country which was considered a democracy by the United States. I learned first hand what it meant when people reached out to gain asylum in order to flee a near certain death from the country of their origin. more
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