January 2017

The Hemingway House, a Key West Legend

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Ernest Hemingway is an Illinois Boy.  Years ago, I went by his boyhood home in Oak Park, but didn’t have time to stop.  Now after visiting his home in Key West its a visit  I will have to make. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West was one of the highlights of my trip […]

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Cock-a-doodle-do Roosters in Paradise! Chickens are a wild bird in Key West.

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So, there are six-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway’s House, and on the island there are also chickens.  There are brightly colored, noisy roosters well, everywhere! Roosters parade in the yards, fly and roost in the trees and pose on the fences. They strut through Mallory Square where everyone gathers to see the marvelous sunsets. They squawk […]

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The beautiful Velie Monocoupe, a Moline legacy

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If you like stories about planes and automobiles, you will like this one!  Rex Cherrington, a historian from the Galesburg area had a picture of the Velie Monocoupe on Facebook and I had to know more.  Rex said that this plane made by a company with agricultural roots was on display at the Quad Cities […]

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Beginning Illumination, Learn the Ancient Art, Step by Step, book review

This isn’t my usual type of book, but I love art and I thought about my dad when seeing this.  He was an artist of sorts and without a doubt illumination is a beautiful thing.  The author Clair Travers is a leading illuminator and she shares the history of illumination and offers the materials and […]

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I can’t say I went to any ceremony or event in the Civil Right Leader’s honor, but I did think about him and his devotion to inclusivity for all.  My grandkids were at the house today.  My little first grader and kindergartener had the day off and while we played and baked at lunch, I […]

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It’s that time of year, the time that winter storms hit with the predictability of a rolled dice. The chances are not huge, but they are always there.  Is your cell phone charged?  Do you have flashlights, water, candles and plenty of food that doesn’t require a stove to cook it?  Consider having high-energy foods […]

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The Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum, where Lincoln’s Almanac Trial Took Place

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It was a day where we were without jobs so Keith and I headed to Beardstown to see the Old Lincoln Courthouse & Museum.  This wonderful museum is one of Abraham Lincoln’s most important trials, the Almanac Trial happened.  I was amazed by the showmanship and drama attached to this trail.  While I surely learned […]

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A Ride in a C47 at the Yankee Air Museum!

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So, I got to go on a ride in the Douglas C-47 Skytrain named Yankee Doodle Dandy!   As one of a group of travel writers visiting the Ann Arbor area, on the morning of December 1st, we were airborne! We flew over Ann Arbor and even caught a glimpse of the University of Michigan’s “Big […]

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The Historic Arkansas Museum, insight into the Arkansas Frontier

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I’m always ready to go see a historic village and wanted to stop at the Historic Arkansas Museum, from the moment I spied it while riding on the trolley tour. I talked Scott Sudduth of the North Little Rock CVB into a quick visit before Keith and I headed back home to Illinois. The Historic […]

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While I don’t do many guest posts, since St. Louis is within a little over an hour drive, I was interested in hearing what St. Louis resident Andy Bell had to suggest for a fun trip in his fair city.  Check out Andy’s suggestions below.  I have visited most of the attractions Andy suggests and […]

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