August 2015

The RistRoller, a helpful tool for travelers and travel writers

Part of the joy of travel is sharing the wonderful places I have been with others.  However, one of the downsides is when writing blog posts my wrist will often get tired and sore.  While traveling I like to post as I go and then write up something when I get home.  The RistRoller is […]

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Horses of Honor brings tribute to Chicago Police and fun sculptures to town

What is more fun that seeing a horse in the middle of the Windy City?  Perhaps a colorful statue of a horse on display for a good cause  There is a serious side to these fun statues that I saw all over town from outside the Harry Cary restaurant to Michigan Avenue.  The price to […]

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Dolce Italian, Offering up the right stuff in Chicago

This past week, I took a trip to the Windy City and debuted a wonderful new restaurant with my Mom and cousin Carrie Steinweg who has a food blog Chicago Foodie Sisters.  We tried out the Dolce Italian at the Godfrey Hotel.  Our sever shared that this wonderful venue has only been open for the past […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Hearse is at the Illinois State Fair Museum

I know Norm Claussen because of our shared love of old iron. Norm and Mike Hall head up the antique tractor display at the Illinois State Fair and this year, Norm also took on another job, he is the President/C.E.O. of the Illinois State Fair Museum foundation. This year they brought a very special treat […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library is Giving Back

Today I took the grandkids to a fun event, the Back 2 School Party where the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library teemed up with the community to collect back packs for low income students. The collection began on July 7th and has been a resounding success. This back to school party was the day the collection […]

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Marilyn Monroe and Bement, Illinois

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When my editor from Senior News & Times asked me to do a story about the 60th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe coming to the small town of Bement, Illinois all I could thing of was “What was she doing there?” The year was 1955 and on August 6th of that year, Marilyn Monroe, her photographer […]

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The Ag Tour at the Illinois State Fair and old iron

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This week the Illinois State Fair opens and I must say that I am impressed that the new focus in on agriculture. As a farmer’s wife and writer for farm equipment and farming it is nice to see farming in the forefront. Phillip Nelson, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture stated, “We have a […]

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Eating my way through the Shoals!

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It is dangerous to the figure to head south. When mom and I hit the road for the Muscle Shoals area to cover the music there, I knew I needed to take my walking shoes with me, but it should have been running shoes, in fact, I should have jogged all the way back to […]

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Green –Meldrim House where Sherman's Atlanta Campaign came to an end.

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I don’t know if there is a prettier town than Savannah. The history and beauty of the City are compelling reasons enough to stop here along with the fact that the Green –Meldrim House in Savannah is where William T. Sherman ended his Atlanta Campaign. We heard this while on a hop on hop off […]

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The Clisby - Austin House, Sherman's Atlanta Campaign start

Georgia is a hotbed of Civil War history. On our way south we stumbled on the farm where General William T. Sherman started his historic Atlanta Campaign. The farm is located just north of Dalton, GA in Tunnel Hill which is also the site of the Great Locomotive chase, when Union soldiers attempted to cut […]

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