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The coastlines have the oceans and the Gulf, the Rockies and Blue Ridge states have their mountains, but central Illinois has it’s fall colors and its festivals.  As fall rolls into the heartland, get out and enjoy the pumpkins, the apples, the wrap up of harvest, and the bite in the air!  Fall lasts a […]

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Finding Lincoln on the Spoon River Drive

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The Spoon River Drive beckons my husband Keith and me each year.  Yes, we have been there, yes we have done that, but I always see something new and different and this year we had just finished harvest and a day away was balm to the soul. Being from the Land of Lincoln, I am […]

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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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