Arts & Culture

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Every year when I travel the back roads on Spoon River Drive with my farm collectible collecting farmer, I see something new.  This year my first “farm find” was a very cool John Deere industrial vehicle with I am sure some unique military history.  “It is not that old and it is not on display,” […]

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Burl Ives Memories in central Illinois

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I have always loved songs by Burl Ives.  When Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer comes on at Christmas, I usually will pause and perhaps will watch the whole show just to hear his renditions of the popular Christmas/children’s songs. There is something so charming about Ives and his voice.  When I learned that his gravesite […]

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Angels Among Us - a sign from the angel tree.

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Every once in a while I think God just leaves His people love signs and this is a story of one of them.  Joe Bergbower is a farmer and an artist.  Joe attends the St. Thomas Catholic church in Newton, Illinois.  There was a big tree in front of the church, and a while back a […]

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Cooking Class Comes Home II - Pasta feeling a little Italian coming on.

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Hip Hip Hooray for pasta!  I didn’t travel to Italy, just with my friend Janna Seiz  to Springfield Illinois and Lincoln Land Community College for the 2nd half of my cooking class to get my Italian fix.  The class was with Chef Denise Perry who taught us all about the Principles of Cooking.  As part […]

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The Mug Tree, a roadside attraction!

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The Mug Tree is a road side landmark outside of Yale, Illinois. The town of Yale according to the sign has a population of a whopping 100 residents.  Truly I think each and every one of them may have put a mug on the mug tree, it is filled with mugs of various shapes and […]

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