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So, I'm trying to figure out how to make a connection between the utterly bizarre political campaign season which has been torturing us (and is about to come to a merciful conclusion) and the utterly bizarre baseball season (which, also, is about to come to a merciful conclusion). Thanks to the...
Reenactors portrayed soldiers during last weekend's encampment at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, which was held during an unusually warm weekend in October.
Saturday was one of those glorious, and totally unanticipated, days which pop up occasionally during the middle of October. Sunday wasn't bad, either. Yours truly and The Other Half made their traditional, annual trek to the Fort Massac Encampment in Metropolis last Saturday morning. We were joined...
So much history to experience. So many books to read. So little time. The Journey on the Road through Life took me on a bit of a trip back in time one day last week, thanks to a visit to the new home of a long-standing Union County business. And, I didn't even need one of those souped up DeLoreans...
This praying mantis was spotted while yours truly was enjoying a nice Sunday afternoon on the front porch...
Sigh... ...I didn't really want to start with a sigh. As I thought about it, a sigh seemed, well, appropriate... For one thing, the Cardinals aren't playing in the postseason. To tell you the truth, it's not that surprising. They just kind of seemed to stumble through the 2016 season. On the other...
A few things up front, before we get started on the "good stuff." First, I just want to say that I really don't want to hear another mention of how the National Football League team known as the Rams has returned "home." The team's "home" was in St. Louis for about 20 some odd years. Before that,...
NOTICE TO READERS: If you happen to be one of those folks who cried during the scene involving the bad ending for Bambi's mother, or if you happen to find the whole "Circle of Life" thing to be "cute," you might want to find something else to do. However, if you happen to be one of those folks who...
Your intrepid writer and photographer came to a fork in the road while on a walk last Sunday afternoon. What happened next? Please read this...
I hope you folks will forgive me...I was getting in a hurry, 'cause a deadline, once again, was rapidly approaching... ...actually, the deadline came and went sometime last Thursday or Friday...so this won't be the most original of colyums... The deadline, in this case, is self-imposed. I try to...
A turtle was basking in the late summer sunshine; the critter was on a log in the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
As often happens with this weekly effort, the story starts out as one thing and then, somehow, evolves into something entirely different. Last Thursday afternoon, just because it was a pretty nice first day of September, yours truly decided to pay a visit to the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in...
A ground hog on the ground...and headin' for his hole...this image has absolutely nothing to do with the Union County Fair, other than the picture was taken during fair week. This hog, which, I suppose technically is not a hog in the strictest sense of the word, was spotted one day last week in metropolitan Anna.
Other than the pictures, we're going to keep things kind of short and sweet this week... ...by the way...how can it be September already? Another Union County Fair has come and gone, and as near as this observer could tell, the 2016 edition seemed to go quite well. And that was a good thing, given...
Ride 'em, cowperson. One of the competitors at last Friday evening's ranch rodeo at the Union County Fair in Anna tries to lasso a steer. The steers did not seem all that interested in being lassoed. (Is that last word a real word?)
Two songs flashed through the dust bin between my ears Monday morning as I started to compose this masterpiece. Songs...compose...get it...oh, never mind... ...maybe you know one of the songs...the lyrics implore mommas not to let their sons grow up to be cowboys... ...the other song was featured...

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