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The National Archives is the permanent home of the original U.S. Constitution. Yesterday the National Archives celebrated Constitution Day. It was on September 17, 1787, 234 years ago, that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met and signed the U. S. Constitution.. A National Arch…

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the Kickapoo Rail Trail bridge over the Middle Fork River. I stated two railroad bridge’s had been constructed over the river on that rail line. That was incorrect, the current bridge is the third structure. Mike Roegner sent information on the second…

Let's be clear. No one has to get the vaccine. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: "The federal government does not mandate (require) vaccination for people."

J.F. Hildenbrand, Green Hill’s postmaster, was ordered to close the post office on August 13, 1904, after serving the community for 71 years. The post office at Poolsville was established in 1883. The office was petitioned for under the name of Milford, which the town was known as, by Dr. Po…

Smithsonian Magazine has posted an article, “Twenty Years After 9/11,” with stories of first responders and others as well as reports told by present-day individuals and how that event continues to shape their lives. Read this heart-breaking article at http://tinyurl.com/cfyrke9j.

The day was hot, the day was humid, the day was ignited by summer sun, which turned treetops into blazing emerald canopies and jeweled the surface of the creek...

Have we forgotten when schools were remote, restaurants were reduced to curbside service, and everybody had masks to match the seasons? The distant hope of a COVID vaccine was our greatest dream. “When we have a vaccine, things will return to normal.”

We live in Trump country. Seven of 10 voters in our respective central Illinois counties voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. We are not Trump fans, yet many of our friends are. Trump will go away; his base won’t, so what gives with our friends?

Rudolph Giuliani was always somewhat off-center, even in his glory days as New York City mayor. But people who recall him then were stunned by his decline into a conspiracy-mongering swamp creature of Trump world.

Texas has low taxes, which is nice. Its mild winter weather appeals to many in the snowbound north. And the cost of living there is certainly lower than that of the elite coastal cities. Also nice.

Smithsonian magazine has posted an article, “Newly Digitized Freedmen’s Bureau Records Help Black Americans Trace Their Ancestry” at https://tinyurl.com/wzzdr9e9. Researchers can now search for African-American ancestors in more than 3.5 million documents, read their personal letters, learn …

Sausage, anyone? Jimmy Dean sausage and Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches are tasty, but do they have to keep using old recordings of Jimmy Dean’s voice to hawk them on TV? The country music star/sausage king died in 2010, at age 81 … while watching TV. He taped his last commercial in 2004, wh…

Today’s story is about a child named Maya, who is confronted with her worst nightmare – her mother is diagnosed with a deadly illness. Stricken with fear about her mother’s looming death, Maya must find a way to survive. But how? Let’s find out.

It was late August and the third time I had visited the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. Each visit was separated by decades but the landscape was little changed. The granite 7th U.S. Cavalry Memorial monument still towers over Last Stand Hill. It has been there since…

The surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted many companies to put off planned office reopenings, a delay that will undoubtedly be temporary. A lot of businesses, meanwhile, are adopting hybrid systems whereby some employees come into the office and others do their work from home or wherever.

A website created by Robbie Jane Thomas, American Memorials Directory, at https://tinyurl.com/mewefwfs, lists the many memorials and monuments in the U.S. “that honor the Fallen—for well-known wars as well as wars and events some of which people may not be aware.” The website also provides l…

The training of a clinical psychologist is in many ways like that of an airline pilot. Beginning pilots, just learning how to fly a plane, must master many basic skills: how to take off, the use of complex avionics (the electronic technology of aviation) including long-distance navigation, f…

Add a bit of cool flavor to your beverages, meals and desserts this summer with homegrown mint. Try using peppermint leaves in fruit cocktails and ice cream. Add spearmint to your tea or use the leaves to season lamb and jelly. Or try chocolate mint for a unique, sweet and refreshing flavor …

Barack Obama recently purchased a $12 million summer place on Martha’s Vineyard and planned to host 600 “swells” there for his 60th birthday, until the resurgent pandemic shrunk his party numbers.

As President Lyndon Johnson and the best and brightest of the 1960s were broken on the wheel of Vietnam, the Biden presidency may well be broken on the wheel of the Taliban's triumph in Afghanistan.

Former Gov. Jim Edgar has created a program that might be the last great hope for struggling Illinois, yet his Edgar Fellows Program has yet to prove its potential. I propose that the nearly 400 Fellows take on the task, never before tried, of building a strong future for Illinois. The chall…

As the images of chaos at Afghanistan’s main airport looped on the news channels, “disaster” quickly became the favored word of commentators, followed by “disgrace.” What we saw was disturbing, especially the evidence that U.S. forces hadn’t secured the airport early on.

Predictions of illegal voting, Election Day corruption and voter fraud are nothing new. Ask Biden in 2020. Or Lincoln in 1860.

Beginning genealogists may be intimidated by the word “Ahnentafel.” They shouldn’t be. Ahnentafel is a German word meaning ancestor table and is a genealogical numbering system for listing a person’s direct ancestors. Stephen P Morse has posted a helpful website that explains how this number…

Margaret is 38 years old, married, and the mother of two children: Ethan (13), and Sara (16). It is 5:20 p.m., Friday, and she is in the grocery store which is crowded, noisy, and hot (“Is the air conditioning working?” she asks.) Her son’s birthday party is at 7:30 tonight (pressure – 12 gu…

When will mainstream Democrats start fighting back? When will they stop playing nice with a left fringe that regards them, not Republicans, as the opposition, if not the enemy?

I had lunch the other day with two friends from way back. As we sat down at a public golf course in Prophetstown in Northwest Illinois, I realized each of us has been president of a respected statewide organization over the many decades. There might be a column here, I thought.

The FamilySearch Catalog, formerly called the Family History Library Catalog, describes the genealogical resources held by FamilySearch.org. A website devoted to learning how to use and search the catalog can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2ytr5x7r. Learn which catalog search is appropriate…

“To Jaw-Jaw is better than to War-War.” This quote by Winston Churchill, British Statesman, opens the door to today’s article – Good communication skills (Jaw-Jaw) stops the destruction of relationships (War-War).

In April, President Joe Biden told the nation he would have all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever on the continental United States.

What makes a good leader? This fall I’m taking a class offered by our Corporate Education department called Leadership Boot Camp. It covers topics like building trust, giving feedback, and managing priorities. Corporate Education offers the Boot Camp twice a year. The class can be a leg up f…

We're playing the tiniest of violins for Sam Kendricks, the champion pole vaulter from Mississippi who was thrown out of the Tokyo Games after testing positive for COVID-19. Everyone long knew that officials in Japan planned to isolate any infected athletes from other participants and the po…

There is a developing thin line in mainstream journalism ethics between what’s acceptable and what’s not in defining impartial, independent news coverage.

Introduction: Circadia, a new medication, will soon be released for distribution. It has no negative side effects. What does it do?

The newly converted railroad bridge, a part of the Kickapoo Rail Trail, offers spectacular views. Its planked floor rises over the forested bottomland and spans the Middle Fork River. On a recent visit to the site a deer was spotted drinking from the river far below. Turtles were swimming in…

My “den,” or “library” or “disaster area,” is uniquely my own. It’s filled with favorite things – books, a wooden beer keg, an old bear trap, an 1820s shopkeeper’s desk, faded newsboy bags, a Schlarman High School pennant … even a letter from Henry Clay.

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