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I n the 1880s, professional sports were in their infancy and every area wanted to have its piece of the pie. As professional sports were being organized nationwide, Galena and other smaller cities … more
Caught in the midst of despair and depression, the Rev. Gary Kirst forced himself to fulfill a daily ritual: reading the Bible. He came upon Psalm 42, verse 11. It brought comfort. He needed comfort and solace after COVID-19 brought him, figuratively, to his knees. more
Yesterday, I was determined to get at least a few more of my vegetable seedlings transplanted in my garden. I have never planted a garden this late in the season. This season, however, has been … more
There’s a lyric in Hamilton, the musical: “Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” If I could “time travel,” I … more
These days, I almost feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz–transported into a strange dream. But, if I have to stay at home, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in Jo Daviess … more
In a recent pen and ink drawing that Eric Faramus posted online, a figure seems to be lost and alone. Leafless tree limbs frame the agricultural fields which are planted in patterns familiar to … more
Baseball has always found ways to attract the curious observer whether it was the Disco Demolition Night on July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park or Grandstand Manager’s Day, both of which were … more
With summer on its way and the school year ending amidst the chaos of this COVID-19 pandemic, are you wondering how you’re going to keep your kids occupied, keep them interested in the … more
Memorial Day is typically a time when many attend a baseball game, or for some, like myself, it’s around the time of the state track meet in Charleston as we prepare to see the best in the … more
Sister embarrassed me. She ran about the pasture acting like, well, a donkey. And then as soon as the farrier Wayne Robbe left, she was as docile as ever. Sister and Stella needed their hooves … more
If you want to go back in time and explore a sad and frightening yet interesting piece of Galena’s history, where might you go for information? For four months in 1918, the influenza … more
My rescue donkeys Sister and Stella weathered their first winter here very well. I adopted them after interviewing Robert Story at Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue satellite. He and the great love of … more
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