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In June, I had the privilege of attending my first League of Women Voters (LWV) state convention in Champaign. As someone who has always been interested in politics, history and voting, the LWV … more
Last night at Turner Hall I was filled with impossible longing. In fact, the entire audience was deeply stirred as the fine cellist, violist and violinist of the Black Oak Ensemble played what … more
Scene 1: Roberto Silva and I are sitting in a restaurant in the Ñuñoa neighborhood in Santiago, Chile. Three young people, probably in their 20s, sit next to us. You can tell that … more
I was 12,500 feet off the ground with the cabin door completely open. The wind was whipping my hair in every direction, and my body was strapped tightly to a seat. Strong men in uniform surrounded … more
Hats. I see hats. When visiting Nancy and Scott Wolfe for the first time to see some of Nancy’s collection of antique hats and daily wear for women, I felt that I was inhabiting a … more
St. Johns Cemetery is a quiet and peaceful place away from the rush and turmoil of the world. It’s a place to sit and reflect. It’s located between where Cording and Miller Ridge roads … more
Everything about it is a challenge. There’s the weather, with sticky humidity and temps nearing 80. There’s the terrain, gradually sloping up. There’s the knowledge that … more
What is more joyful than a striped caterpillar munching away at a milkweed leaf? Whenever the agonies of our human confusion overwhelm me, I simply have to take a walk on my land and take solace … more
I am not sure when the doves built their nest in the flowering plant hanging on my front porch. It must have happened when we were having day after day of rain. I later witnessed the dove … more
I have great respect for people who seek to maintain and foster relationships with citizens of other countries over many years and/or decades. This respect comes from observing my wife, Sarah, … more
A warm home. Musicians jamming. And a woman named Laurie Rische cooking up a storm! Three essential ingredients for perfection. Laurie manages her kitchen like a lioness. You don’t want … more
A story in last week’s Gazette about the closing of Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor this coming Friday included this quote from manager Valerie Deininger, “Happy … more
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