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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
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
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