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We are now looking at the “midterm elections” (between presidential/Congressional elections). It seems appropriate here to focus on the important educational opportunities posed by elections, rather on their specific political consequences. While I have been flooded with funding requests from...
Abraham Lincoln was kind enough to share a Copy of The Gettysburg Address with the Editor of this Publication. Mr. Lincoln delivered the Address on November 19, 1863. It is the Understanding of the Editor that only Five Known Copies of the Address are in existence.
Much to the Surprise of some of those at The Paragraph Factory, Abraham Lincoln was on hand to greet them as they entered The Paragraph Factory on Monday morning, the 15th Day of October. Mr. Lincoln, otherwise known as George Buss from the Community of Freeport in Northern Illinois, paid a return...
Recent statistics have come out on the topic of student loan debts of students in the United States who graduated in 2018.  I find the amounts owed shocking and want to share important information for those sending children off to colleges in the upcoming year. Let me review a few of the statistics...
Last Saturday was one of those days which you wish could have stretched on...for at least a few more minutes. After a rainy and almost-cold Friday in Southern Illinois land, Saturday dawned clear and crisp, with a bright blue sky and equally bright sunshine. The day was perfect for a little bit of...
You read every day that we live in an internet world.  Particularly with young people, I seldom have to wait 10 minutes in their presence before they pull a cell phone or other device from their pocket and engage in communications with people far and near.   However, this past week there have been...
A rock with a secret message? This rock was found one day last week during a visit to the Anna Fire Department in Anna.
This week, we’re gonna rock... ...but before we do that, let’s ponder, or not, how the season abruptly changed from summer...to fall...to winter(?)...all in the period of less than a week. I don’t know about you, but I was not ready to turn on the space heater in our living room. Our cats, however...
A different approach this week – As a boy and young man growing up in Southern Illinois, I recall being warned of two potential dangers. They were beer and cigarettes.  While I was relatively naive, I knew boys in school who used both, even though our coach told them not to. Both were readily...
This is what happens when somebody has way too much time on his hands. Just seemed like a fun thing to do with a sweet potato that was as big as a small turkey.
A note to all of you fans of the St. Louis Cardinals: check out the tribute to Adam Wainwright written by Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen. You can probably find the article online.  Speaking of the Cardinals...another tough season pretty much came to an end last Saturday, thanks to the Los Angeles...
This bug, a preying mantis, paid a brief visit to a garden ornament in our yard one evening recently. The bug stuck around long enough for a couple of pictures, and then flew away into the evening.
This week, we’re just going to bug you. With big bugs. And a VW bug, too.  As you have probably figured out, I like to take pictures of bugs. And turtles. And birds. And deer. And bunnies.  And the occasional person, too.  I have found that the critters can sometimes be more cooperative than the...
A front page headline in last Monday’s New York Times reads “China, Facing U.S. Hostility, Vows to Come Out Swinging.”  Of course, most of our readers do not directly import goods from China, but this relationship, which could evolve into a major trade war affects each of us. It is easy to overlook...

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