Arts & Culture

Voorhies Castle, a mansion on the Prairie

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Set literally in the midst of the countryside south of Bement, Illinois is Voorhies Castle.  This strange, yet beautiful building was built by Nels Larson at the turn of the century for his fiance/wife. Nels Larson came to the states from Sweden and rented land from wealthy landowner William Voorhies.  He later bought land and […]

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Totality, a summary

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The 2017 Solar Eclipse is going to go down in history as the event of a lifetime for this generation.  Someday, I think everyone will ask, “Where were you when Totality happened?” And I will answer that I was in Columbia, Missouri on a hosted press trip seeing history unfold.  There was nothing quite like […]

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Legoland, End of the Summer Family Blast

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It is hard to believe that as far as grandkids go, summer is over.  School crept up as me like E.E. Cummings poem, “The fog came on little cats feet”. First it was Memorial Day, then 4th of July, then back to school.  I must say I mourned it a bit, the freedom to load them […]

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Glimpse of a statue, R.G. LeTourneau's legacy - picture by Janna Seiz

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Sometimes a statue can be a thought provoker and that is how it was with the statue of Robert Gilmour LeTourneau, better known as R.G. LeTourneau. While looking for the Luthy Botanical Gardens I spied the statue by the Glen Oak Park tennis courts where the statue has always sat.  I just learned that at […]

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Luthy Botanical Gardens, a small oasis in the heart of Peoria

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It was a birthday celebration for my friend Janna that brought Mom, Janna and I to Peoria. We came to dine at the Obed & Issac’s Microbrewery and Eatery that is located in the beautiful former Second Presbyterian Church.  In Springfield Obed & Isaac’s has a successful restaurant in a historic property near the Abraham […]

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