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The memory of poet Lucille Clifton sitting alone in her wheelchair in July 2008 haunts me. Why didn’t I just stay with her until her driver arrived? She was not well. The other poets had … more
At the beginning of March, I’ll be visiting with sixth-grade students at Galena Middle School, River Ridge Middle School and Scales Mound School. The mission: Talk about the First … more
Every week one of my favorite parts of this job is spending time in the historical room at the Galena Public Library. There, poring over bound volumes of the Gazette from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years … more
In early December, Jay and I made a trip to La Crosse, Wis., with six bound volumes–three years’ worth–of the Gazette, carefully loaded in archival boxes in our vehicle. Northern … more
Because we are living in the digital age, at any moment of the day we have immediate online access to famous historians, musicians, theologians, real experts and self-proclaimed experts on this, that … more
On Sunday, Jan. 27 a group of people with Jo Daviess County connections met for the first time in a meeting room at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. They were there for the opening retreat of the Jo … more
My life has been taken over by the elements these past few weeks. There’s air. The air’s been cold enough it’s a danger to go outside. At one point, it was -33 last … more
The day after last week’s heavy snows, the sky was clear, the sun bright. I imagined my friend Adrienne Seagraves’ hand carving out the shadowed silhouettes of leafless branches which … more
A hh. . .I remember well the first Illinois Special Olympics Winter Games 39 years ago. As I remember, the esprit de corps among all involved was incredible. But that’s a story left to … more
That snow-drifting afternoon was perfect for a short, albeit nippy walk. The chill factor was somewhere around -15 when I hiked up the hill. On windy bone-chilling days, I have learned to bundle … more
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