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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
One of my favorite apps on my phone is TimeHop, which shows me photos that I have posted to Facebook and Instagram from the same day on previous years.  For the past six years, Kyle and I … more
April showers bring May flowers…and wet fields. Farmers were able to make good progress with field work earlier in the month as we saw everything from anhydrous ammonia being applied to … more
Friends ask: “Why hasn’t Mike Madigan been indicted yet? After all, he has been under investigation for what must be a couple of years now.” My answer: It’s because the … more
Those involved with the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center are so very happy to have the opportunity to host Robby Robinson at the museum on Monday evening, May 3.   Robby, who … more
I was 26 years old when my first child was born. I knew that having a child would change our lives in the same way that all first-time parents suspect their worlds will shift without really having a … more
American history is largely defined by our wars and the heroes who emerge.  The recent death of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Charles Coolidge of Tennessee reduces our nation to only … more
"Grandma's Diary" readers are the best! Carole Huber, Judy Tucker and Shari Lipe all knew what  the "ham" was that Grandma mentioned. It is a fat, little pillow shaped like a ham that enables … more
You might find this information interesting regarding your local gas and electric provider, Ameren. At Ultimate Collision Center Inc., after we paint your vehicle, we bake on the finish just like … more
One of my bosses at The Journal-News, John Galer, and I were discussing elections last fall. Truthfully, John is more my friend than my boss, but happily that’s been true of most of my … more
This is a “good news” story (we could use a few). I am late to the game here, as you will see, but the story is worth the telling with lessons to be learned. A year or more ago I made … more
Beginning April 1, The Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center will be operating under normal hours. We will be welcoming visitors from 10-4 Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 on Sunday. If … more
I’m not in the habit of making new year’s resolutions anymore, simply because it’s often discouraging that I never seem to follow through with them for longer than a week or … more
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