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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 […]

The Mug Tree, a roadside attraction!


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 […]