On This Day in April

On This Day in April
 It Happened on April 9 By Shirley Baugher             This lovely day will lengthen into evening,             We’ll sigh goodbye to all we ever had             Alone where we have walked together,             I’ll remember... Read more »

Bringing the Good News: The Annunciation

Bringing the Good News: The Annunciation
The Annunciation I have to be honest, I never thought much about the Annunciation until ten years ago. That’s when Norman painted the first of many he would create and hung it above the mantle in our living room. It seemed a little out of place at first, sharing wall space with Elvis Presley and... Read more »

Cairo On My Mind

Cairo On My Mind
Cairo on My Mind Lately, Cairo has been on my mind. I know my new-found Cairo friends will say, “It’s about time,” and my Wyoming friend Drew will pull his hair and say, “Not again.” Sorry, Drew, much as I love you, Cairo wins. “Snow” Sorry       Those of us who live in Chicago are... Read more »
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Remembering Henry Betts: The Last of the Old Town Lions

Remembering Henry Betts: The Last of the Old Town Lions
            Remembering Henry Betts: The Last of the Old Town Lions             The rainbow comes and goes,             And lovely is the Rose;             The Moon doth with delight             Look round when the heavens are bare;             Waters on a starry night             Are beautiful... Read more »

Thanksgiving Memories: From Cairo, Illinois to Crilly Court

Thanksgiving Memories: From Cairo, Illinois to Crilly Court
  Home for Thanksgiving  It doesn’t feel like it was all that long ago, oh, oh You can dream about it every now and then But you can’t go home again. Lari White Thanksgiving is almost here, and the Baughers will not be heading down Route 66 to Cairo, Illinois  for the celebration.  We are... Read more »

Robert D. Blackwell, Sr.: From IBM, to Infinity, and Beyond

 Robert D. Blackwell, Sr.: Someone You Should Know    A man walks and casts a shadow. In time, no one knows which is man and which is shadow; or how great the shadow that he cast.  Some college athletes leave it all on the field and walk away once their playing days are over. Not Bob... Read more »
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Campaign 1785: Voting in Colonial Virginia--or How George Washington Got Elected Without TV Ads, Political Rallies, or Campaign Strategists

Campaign 1785: Voting in Colonial Virginia--or How George Washington Got Elected Without TV Ads, Political Rallies, or Campaign Strategists
If you are like me, you are probably sick to death of all the negative ads and mean-spirited campaigning going on for the 2014 mid-term elections. Frankly, I’m about ready to say a plague on all their houses. But the current nasty politicking did get me thinking about the way it used to be in... Read more »

Going Back to Cairo, Illinois: Good-bye and a Good-bye

Going Back to Cairo, Illinois: Good-bye and a Good-bye
Goin’ Back to Cairo, Good-bye and a Good-Bye  Goin’ back to Cairo, good-bye and a good-bye. Goin’ back to Cairo, good-bye Liza Jane Those of us who came from small towns tend to look back and idealize our time there as “perfect”. It wasn’t. Memory has a way of making us remember the good times... Read more »

Yes Chicago, There Really Is a Santa Claus

Yes Chicago, There Really Is a Santa Claus
Yes, Chicago, There Really Is a Santa Claus  I’m thinking today of a wonderful movie called The Polar Express. That may seem odd, given that it’s 90 degrees outside, and so hot the dogs are sticking to the sidewalk. But bear with me—you’ll see why. The Polar Express and a Christmas Miracle This classic film... Read more »
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Here's to the Winners

Here's to the Winners
Here’s To the Winners Here’s to the winners, lift up the glasses, Here’s to the glory still to be. Here’s to the battle, whatever it’s for To ask the best of ourselves, then give much more.  Joseph Raposo How many of you have children, grandchildren, students, friends who engage in competitive activities? How many of... Read more »