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By creating new music, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a collection of international musicians, explore just what it is in music that gives us hope. Yo-Yo Ma has been on many … more
Galena has always taken pride in its education system. In 1891, The Galena Gazette published a lengthy report on the history of education in Galena up to that point. It is a fascinating read that … more
In 1918 rural America, many healthcare workers were overseas assisting in World War I, or working at military stations at home. When the 1918 influenza pandemic hit, cities nationwide struggled to … more
H ow are you going to celebrate the Fourth of July, our nation’s 244th birthday? I’ve been thinking about how Sarah and I will celebrate the holiday. Normally I go for a bike ride, … more
Galena High School’s tradition when it comes to sports dates back to the dawn of the last century. One of the lasting legacies of those early years of Galena athletics is a song that still … more
What music do we turn to in order to lift our spirits in these challenging times? This is the third in a series of musical suggestions from local folks who have generously shared their music with … more
Sarah and I ventured to Jefferson City, Mo., late last week to visit son number one, Paul, and his wife, Kendall. It was our first trip out of the area since the pandemic started. We've been … more
It is the dream of many young athletes growing up to make it to the professional ranks, whether it as an NFL quarterback, an NBA star or an MLB pitcher. But these dreams rarely get fulfilled. For … more
For the last couple of weeks, I have been asking 50 friends and neighbors, “What music do you listen to in order to lift your spirits, release pain or feel connected?” I have followed … more
On Thursdays, members of the private Facebook group, Social Distant Cycling Club, are encouraged to write or submit a short video sharing what they appreciate about bicycling during the COVID-19 … more
It won’t be long now. That’s what the cat said when it got its tail caught in the lawn mower! This was my dad’s favorite saying. He said it often when people were watching … more
A thousand and then a thousand and then a thousand more resonating beats wait in our human hearts longing to be heard. At the same time, infinite sounds long to unite with our own hungry cries. At … more
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