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This Friday, I will get the second part of my Moderna vaccine against COVID. One entire year will have passed since I closed and locked my gate for the quarantine. Feeling oddly numbed, on March … more
My family is rooted in Galena and Jo Daviess County with its first resident coming to this area during the lead rush. Through all of its branches, I am fortunate that my roots extend far. We … more
I had been wondering when the reporting on COVID-19 might take on a new thread. It happened last week when The New York Times published a story by Sabrina Tavernise and Abby Goodnough about the … more
There were some mighty disappointed healthcare officials in Jo Daviess County last week. We all should be disappointed.Sandra Schleicher, Jo Daviess County Health Department Administrator, at the … more
Retired Rear Admiral Barry Black, Senate chaplain, opened up the third day of the United States Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump with a prayer: “Give our Senate jurors … more
The way we celebrate certain holidays changes over the years and different generations hold new traditions or scrap old ones. Individual holidays also have different meanings and are celebrated … more
In 2013, I made apple-pear sauce, put it in a labeled mason jar and set it into my deep freezer. Eventually, that single jar got buried in a corner under years of other frozen treasures. This … more
When those who served in the military separate, they are given a DD-214, the “Certificate of Release from Active Duty.” If service was in the Air or Army National Guard, a NGB-22 is … more
Borders in this area seem less important than others. Borders during COVID have had different meanings with rules being different just a few miles away, but when thinking about the bigger … more
It was by guess and by golly–or–you might say that I lucked out when procuring a coveted appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination this past week. I had learned from a staff member that … more
My sister and I played Iron Lung after watching the short before the main feature at the post cinema. I was a serious child who had spent my early years worrying about my father coming home from … more
Churches are landmarks in our communities. Throughout our region, we are fortunate to have so many of these structures that have lasted generations, withstanding the test of time. One church, … more
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