January 2017

The Hemingway House, a Key West Legend

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Ernest Hemingway is an Illinois Boy.  Years ago, I went by his boyhood home in Oak Park, but didn’t have time to stop.  Now after visiting his home in Key West its a visit  I will have to make. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West was one of the highlights of my trip […]

Cock-a-doodle-do Roosters in Paradise! Chickens are a wild bird in Key West.

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So, there are six-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway’s House, and on the island there are also chickens.  There are brightly colored, noisy roosters well, everywhere! Roosters parade in the yards, fly and roost in the trees and pose on the fences. They strut through Mallory Square where everyone gathers to see the marvelous sunsets. They squawk […]

The beautiful Velie Monocoupe, a Moline legacy

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If you like stories about planes and automobiles, you will like this one!  Rex Cherrington, a historian from the Galesburg area had a picture of the Velie Monocoupe on Facebook and I had to know more.  Rex said that this plane made by a company with agricultural roots was on display at the Quad Cities […]

Beginning Illumination, Learn the Ancient Art, Step by Step, book review

This isn’t my usual type of book, but I love art and I thought about my dad when seeing this.  He was an artist of sorts and without a doubt illumination is a beautiful thing.  The author Clair Travers is a leading illuminator and she shares the history of illumination and offers the materials and […]



I can’t say I went to any ceremony or event in the Civil Right Leader’s honor, but I did think about him and his devotion to inclusivity for all.  My grandkids were at the house today.  My little first grader and kindergartener had the day off and while we played and baked at lunch, I […]