"When sorrows come," said King Claudius, "they come not single spies but in battalions." As the king found out. So it seems with President Joe Biden, who must be asking himself the question Merle Haggard asked:

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A ranger at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch in Montana patiently answered questions asked by his young visitor as they sat on the porch of a building at the National Historic Site. The ranger had been a school teacher early in his life. Even when asked a question he had probably answered numerous time…

Good or bad—there’s lots to commemorate this month. On the “down” side, the great Chicago fire on October 8, 1871, destroyed over 17,000 buildings and all because of a spark in a barn. About 300 people died and 90,000 were left homeless. Although the city was rebuilt within two years, there …

There's a drug war on TV. It has nothing to do with cocaine or heroin but does involve an addiction — the pharmaceutical industry's compulsion to charge Americans an average 3.4 times more for brand-name drugs than people in other countries pay. Step 1 in the rehab program is to let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices.

Last Friday, in a triumph for transnationalism, 136 nations, including the U.S., agreed to mandate a global corporate income tax for all nations that will not be allowed to fall below 15%.

Monday, four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, climaxing a weekend of provocations that saw nearly 150 sorties of China-based fighters and bombers.

True confession time: I procrastinate. I don’t mean to — but I tend to put off what I don’t want to do. I populate my to-do list with little tasks that are easily completed to give myself a feeling of accomplishment, but some projects stay on my list until it is do-or-die time.

The Warren County agricultural fair moved from Independence to in Pine Village in 1856. The fairs continued to be held at Pine Village until 1874. In 1858, an Independence storekeeper thought it would be a good idea to have a refreshment stand at the fair. Dan Waymire of Independence was hir…

Lisa Lisson, creator of “Are You My Cousin” website, has posted a helpful article, “11 Unique Genealogical Resources You May Have Missed in the Archives,” at https://tinyurl.com/35thr482. Although the examples she cited are from the State Archive of North Carolina, her list can serve as an i…

For the few minutes it takes to read this column, set aside pre-conceived ideas about clinical depression. If you can do this, you might end up saving the life of your son, brother, father, or husband. If you are a man reading this article, the life you save may be your own. Consider these m…

Progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal has been all over TV trying to look reasonable with her ingratiating smile and syrupy references to the left’s interest in “negotiations.” At issue is the Democrats’ final number on its social spending bill.

The most recent Illinois State Genealogical Society’s (ISGS) Newsletter (Vol. 42, No. 5, Sept/Oct 2021) is now available, free, at https://tinyurl.com/wnmzcarn. Read news of upcoming genealogy events (including the ISGS Virtual Fall Conference October 17-30, 2021, and bios of the speakers), …

When I was a child, a common summertime event was a trip to my mother’s parent’s farm. Getting her four children – three boys, one girl – all under the age of 10 – ready for the 90-minute drive was a daunting feat. How did she do it? It was her commanding voice which froze our little hearts …

The monarch butterflies came to the farmstead for decades on their late summer migration to Mexico. Each year, a few days before the first day of autumn, thousands of them would arrive to rest on the Osage Orange hedge trees and soft maples. Their arrival was as dependable as was the sun ris…

I didn’t know “Hazel Hallenberger, Roll Room 307, Row 8, Desk 11, Locker 311,” but somehow, I have her signed copy of the 1924 Danville High School Students’ Manual.

Set aside the specter of overflowing intensive care units in Idaho — or that the state's emergency rooms are now choosing which COVID-19 patients to save and which ones to give up on.

Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated September 15 through October 15, 2021, and several websites have posted links to Hispanic research websites. For example, the National Archives Library Information Center has a list of research guides for Spanish and Hispanic research at https://ti…

Whenever I go to a high school or college football game, I cringe at the sight of players on the field, standing as if witless (which they aren’t), looking to the sidelines for instructions from the coaches for the play to call and defense to mount.

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…

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