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“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
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
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