May 2016

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As a woman living in the Land of Lincoln sometimes it is easy to forget that Springfield, Illinois is also part of the Mother Road and that Route 66 has long been an iconic part of its past. The Cozy Dog Drive In has a long history with both the route and the Cozy Dog that […]

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I have known Mike and Cindy Murphy for years.  I went to school with Cindy and my husband Keith went to school with Mike. The two own the award winning Charlie Parkers which has been on Dives & Diners and recently won the Hometown Breakfast Battle that pitted 135 chefs from 135 cities across the […]

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  Looking for a great place to eat locally in the central Illinois area with a charming atmosphere?  If so, then I have found it! While working on a story for Senior News about great local places to dine for Illinois State Fair visitors I had the luxury of stopping by Incredibly Delicious and trying […]

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We have all been bandying about the term, “Back to where it all began” because it is true, it was 2006 and the first ever Graham Bradley show was held in Penfield, Illinois at the I & I Tractor Club’s Historic Farm Days show.  If you are wondering what in the world a Graham Bradley […]

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Okay, I am officially my mother.  When I was working at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency(IEMA) I used to set up with a booth about radon at the Senior Celebration.  Always a great opportunity for screenings and information about everything from home health care to travel, I encouraged my mom to come out. She and […]

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Looking for stories for Red Power Magazine, I found that on a farm near Marshall, Illinois a man had a tractor collection of Farmalls.  The location was listed in Darrel Darst’s Harvester Highlights. A call to Forsythe Farms had a tour arranged.  My friends Kent and Jane Elliott came along and chauffeured me to the […]

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I enjoy downtown Springfield’s shopping experience and one of their new options in the Second Saturday Downtown Springfield Shop Hop. This experience is offered May through October of 2016. My sister Debbie Salisbury, who works at the Springfield Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum and told me about this went along as well as my mom […]

A trip to the Beautiful Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center

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Everyone has heard of Daniel Boone and while I knew he was a frontiersman, before my trip to the Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center I didn’t have a clue of all the places he had been and all the things he has done.  I started writing about the site for my column in Farm […]

Beautiful fountain my focus while picking at the Litchfield Picker's Market

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  When out and about, take a minute to look around, you will never know just what you will see! This May, was our first local picking foray this spring and it was a doozey.  The Litchfield Picker’s Market is located in downtown Litchfield, Illinois and is held the 2nd Sunday of the month.  The […]

Watermark a restaurant/pub with a view!

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Downtown Ventura, California was a joy.  The shops were lovely, the scenery idyllic and the Watermark on Main owned by Mark and Kathy Hartley.  The building was built during the 1920’s and this historic place offered a perch to view the city from a lofty height. My friend Linda Spanberger and I had walked and walked and […]