Posts tagged "Illinois"

Memories of a childhood Christmas: An aluminum tree, baking cookies and Jim Crow Laws

Memories of a childhood Christmas: An aluminum tree, baking cookies and Jim Crow Laws
I remember most Christmases past like they happened yesterday. As an only child of divorced parents, I was used to splitting my time between different households, each very different. My dad’s humble little house was located in East St. Louis, Ill. (when the now beleaguered city was actually chic and a popular entertainment hub). I... Read more »

A small town reunion with a big heart

Dupo Community High School, home of the Dupo Tigers!
I went back home to Dupo, Illinois, for my first class reunion this weekend. This small railroad town, population 3000, sits near the banks of the Mississippi River and is within spitting distance from St. Louis (home of the dreaded Cardinals). The get-together was dubbed the “No-Class Reunion” since event organizers wanted to include ALL... Read more »

Chicago Now Blogapazlooza: Top of the world baby!

Chicago Now Blogapazlooza: Top of the world baby!
Welcome to another Chicago Now Blogapalooza! This is a writing exercise from our community manager Jimmy Greenfield who chooses topics for us to write about from time to time to keep our skills honed. This week’s challenge is to publish a post in one hour about this topic: “Write about a period or moment in... Read more »
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Why I love old stuff

Antique vignette with Mickey passing through.
Every once in a while, Chicago Now community manager and all-around nice guy (suck-up points here) Jimmy Greenfield, gives his 300+ bloggers a writing exercise. The topic this time around was “Write about something you find beautiful that you feel others may not understand.” Well, this is an easy one for me because I collect... Read more »

Remembering the Great Flood of 1993 and praying for friends/family there now

Remembering the Great Flood of 1993 and praying for friends/family there now
I’m very worried about my friends and family who are suffering through yet another flood down in Southern Illinois and St. Louis. Reports state that this could be the biggest one of all with the Mississippi River now being at 13′ above flood level and rising. The National Guard has been activated and they’re monitoring... Read more »

Memorial Day in Small Town USA: What I Miss about Dupo, Illinois

Brendan Beyer, Austin Ramey, Erin Pulcher and Jodie McKnight
I love living in Chicago but I get very nostalgic around the holidays for my hometown of Dupo, Illinois.   It’s the summer celebrations, like Memorial Day, that really make me wistful for days gone by in this small railroad town of 3000 people set near the banks of the Mississippi River in Southern Illinois.  And... Read more »
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