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There are times that I feel as if we are opposite sides of the same coin.  God required you to live every moment in the knowing that the day would come when you are forced to live without … more
Thank you, Hillsboro.  As I’ve reflected the last several days, I have been overwhelmed with gratitude thinking about the experiences I have had over the last 11 years leading the boys … more
Usually I write about caring for critters–reminding to adopt, spay and neuter.  The heat is on so please think about your outside animals.  Make sure they have shelter, shade, fresh … more
June marks one year since the first Growing Your Roots column debuted and I’m happy to still have the chance to visit with you every month.  Our Young Leaders have been busy hosting a … more
In America, we celebrate Flag Day on June 14.  Although the date holds great significance, it is not an official national holiday. Only one state–Pennsylvania–has designated the day … more
The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center had a booth at the Montgomery County Bicentennial Celebration at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Saturday.  We would like to congratulate … more
The hens are recovering, albeit slowly, during June 1954. Egg production is increasing. Grandpa shares a bit of unexpected cash with Grandma, but not without a bit of complaining about her choosing … more
Our Illinois legislators, in baseball terms, have stepped up to the plate for Illinois farmers and they have gone three-for-three in this legislative session. First at-bat: Partners for … more
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” A.A. Milne   How do you say goodbye? On Wednesday, May 19, we lost our beautiful daughter, Grace, after … more
As a young person (under or about 21), I thought I knew all there was to know about myself; motives, inspirations, hopes–I had it figured out, at least on a personal level.  Admittedly, … more
The past few years have been incredibly difficult for hog farmers like me. After more than two years of trade retaliation that limited our ability to compete effectively around the globe, the COVID … more
This letter is in response to an article printed in the May 17  issue of The Journal-News entitled “Mitigation Man.”    After reading the article, I did not understand … more
Rarely do I like to talk in front of people. Five or six people, maybe, and that’s only if I feel comfortable around them.  Working at The Journal-News, I am required to speak to … more
 Before I had children I knew everything about parenting and then I had children and realized I didn’t know anything at all. Period. About life in general.  Nothing cements the … more
Be kind to your mind. It’s okay to not be okay. Not all wounds are visible. What do these three statements have in common? Mental health. May is Mental Health Month and Farm Bureau has new … more
Illinois is blessed with the black gold that feeds America: rich, deep soils that make it one of the highest producing regions in the world. Agriculture is the largest economic sector in the state, … more
For many years, I have driven past Animal Control on my way to the  Senior Center.  Over a year ago, I noticed many little white puppies there.  I stopped in and asked whether they … more
May 1954 finds Grandma consumed with Grandpa's recovering from cataract surgery, preparing for a coming visit from Alberta and her family, and doctoring sick chickens. Grandma has taken over the … more
There are advantages, I suppose, to becoming elderly, though they aren’t the ones I anticipated as a younger whippersnapper. Most are half blessing but also half curse, at least in my … more
Back in December of 2014, I left my apartment in Quincy and moved back home for good. Although  the weight of the world was mostly removed, thanks to God, I found myself becoming more aware of … more
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