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Clouds filled much of the sky over Union County last Saturday morning. The image was captured during a stop along Aldridge Road, between metropolitan Cobden and Illinois Route 127.
Every once in a while, I figure it might be nice to create a scrapbook featuring some of the images yours truly has stumbled across during the latest chapter in The Journey Through Life.  While out wandering around during the past week right here in Union County, I came across all sorts of things...
Zero the ghost-dog and Jack Skellington are featured in several Pumpkin Town displays at the Anna City Park.
With apologies to Bullwinkle Jay Moose, we’re going to begin this week with... Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a column out of my hat... Some of you of a certain age may remember famous cartoon celebrities Bullwinkle Jay Moose and his partner, Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel. Rocky and Bullwinkle came to...
An up-close look at the Mississippi River in Grand Tower during a visit last Friday afternoon.
Once again this week, we’re offering a little bit of this...a little bit of that...a veritable potpourri of the writer’s musings, adventures and other things to waste your valuable time... Here we go... Look...up in the sky...it was a bird...nope...it was a plane...nope...Superman? Don’t think so....
A tiger swallowtail butterfly was making its way...slowly...across a creek bed at the Trail of Tears State Forest.
Let’s start this week with some football. After all, nothing says football like 90-degree temperatures, with a whole bunch of Southern Illinois humidity thrown in just for the heck of it. Not all that long ago, back in the Before Times, yours truly looked forward to sitting down on a Saturday...
It’s been a while since we had a photograph of a turtle...or two...or three. Just for the record, these turtles were real. Well, I think they were. They looked real...
It was getting late on Monday night. I was getting to the point where I just wanted to turn this week’s column over to some sort of artificial intelligence.  Bob was keeping me company at the time, and I have to say that a cat’s intelligence certainly is not artificial. Just ask one. Besides, he...
A fellow traveler on the Journey Through Life was kind enough to share this photo of a windmill turbine being transported on a train which went through Cobden on a recent Sunday afternoon.
PLEASE READ THIS VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE... No. You are not reading the "back page." The "back page" has to be another page this week. Gotta pay the bills... *** Just never know what a walk, or maybe an unplanned journey along a country road, might bring... Before we get to the topics at hand, I...
A pair of hummingbirds seemed to be having a bit of a rough and noisy standoff at a feeder last Sunday afternoon.
Once again this week, we’ll ponder a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... We sure could use some rain. Last Sunday afternoon, it looked like we had a good shot at some precipitation, at least based on what the weather radar was showing online. However, not a single drop fell on our...
A hawk...on a very, very hot day...
A writer much more famous, and much more talented, than yours truly, once penned a novel titled “The Winter of Our Discontent.” The author’s name was John Steinbeck. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Or maybe you’ve heard of his dog, Charley... I do not think that “The Winter of Our Discontent” had...
Special sighting...yours truly does not recall ever seeing an image like this. The two hawks were spotted in a tree during a recent walkabout in Union County.
A few musings by an old guy as we look forward to a heat index of 115 degrees... Just wondering...are posted speed limits, highway signs (like the ones that command “STOP”) and those stripes on the highways just mere suggestions these days? Our local “weather guy” reported that the heat index at 12...
Good buddies? Every once in a while, everybody, including squirrels, needs a little bit a reassurance that everything will be OK.
“Rough, groovy surface” the black letters on the orange, diamond-shaped sign along the highway declared. A scene from one of my favorite movies came to mind. The scene was in the movie “Field of Dreams.” In the scene, the movie’s main character, played by Kevin Costner, attempts to meet a reclusive...

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