Arts & Culture

George Brown history in Galesburg

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On a recent trip to Galesburg, Rex Cherrington a local historian took my husband Keith and I on a tour of some of the agricultural historic sites and history that occurred in this Knox County town over the years.  Agricultural pioneer, George Brown is credited with patenting the first corn planter although his company made other […]

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Tour of the Beautiful Blackhawk Hotel

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At this year’s Gathering of the Green in Davenport Iowa, we stayed at the beautiful historic Blackhawk Hotel. The hotel not only opened their doors to allow John Deere machinery in the hotel to provide as Sheldon Wellman said, “A touch of Iowa.” While staying we found out that they also offer a tour of […]

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Gathering of the Green, displays of the Deerest kind!

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How cool is a show dedicated to everything John Deere Green?  This was the 2016 show and the Gathering comes around every two years to Davenport, Iowa where collectors immerse themselves in everything to do with the agricultural giant that has been making history in the Quad Cities year after year.  At the Gathering one […]

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Christmas Cactus blooms for Easter

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I have a Christmas cactus, it isn’t pretty except when it blooms, but then it is glorious.  It is an old plant, one that my Mom was going to throw away years ago.  I took it home.  The way I take care of plants, I can’t say I saved it, but at times, it saves […]

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Think Spring at Nick-or-Bob's spring festival

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Today on the back of a van window written in dust was the phrase, “Come on summer”.  That iconic phrase says it all, only for me it is “come on spring”.  I am ready for flowers, gardens, new green leaves and no coat.  The last few days have been somewhat balmy and while spring is […]