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Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 1:27 p.m. CST

Last week, I reminded you the first official day of summer was Friday, June 21 — also known as the longest day of the year. What I failed to mention, though, was from here on out the days begin to get shorter. Ugh! I don’t know about you, but I love it when it’s 9 p.m., and there’s still some daylight.

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Do you enjoy the heat of summer, or do you spend most of your time in an air-conditioned environment. I listened to a young (and sweaty) child the other day complaining to his mom about how hot he was. It made me chuckle. Most children in this area will never know what it’s like to live without air conditioning. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

After all, the memory of sitting on Grandma and Grandpa’s front porch on a stifling summer night many years ago is very comforting. It was hot, hot, hot, yet that’s not the main memory. What sticks with me, however, is the closeness of family on those hot evenings, where we spoke quietly, listened intently to each other and enjoyed the crickets’ serenade until we couldn’t keep our eyes open — all because it was hot inside the house. Remember?

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“Knee high by the Fourth of July?” Will we make it this year? With a late planting season, I know there was some skepticism, however on my way to work each day, I check out the fields, and there are some great looking crops out there.

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Speaking of the Fourth of July, many area towns are planning celebrations. While I know traffic is always a hassle and it’s usually hotter than hot, I still hope you’ll plan on attending at least one of these events. Pack a picnic or pick up a bite to eat at the event. Take your lawn chairs, a blanket and plan on making a memory with those who are special to you. Even if you just watch the fireworks from your backyard, that’s OK. A Fourth of July without fireworks just doesn’t seem right.

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Thought for today: “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” Philosopher Bertrand Russell.

Thought for tomorrow: “When I get sick of what men do, I have only to walk a few steps in another direction to see what spiders do. Or what the weather does. This sustains me very well indeed.” Writer E.B. White.

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Well, it won’t be long now. Our Illinois Valley Living magazine should start showing up around the Illinois Valley area very soon. Watch for it! You’re really going to like this edition! You can always stop by and pick up your free copy of our magazine at our office in Princeton.

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Wow! Have you been hearing the coyotes? I live just a block from the countryside, and from about 10 p.m. on, the coyotes are having a carnival in the not too far distance. I love listening to them ... it’s when they get quiet I feel the hair standing up on the back of my neck! I also worry about the livestock in the area. Does anybody have any coyote stories they’d be willing to share? If so, contact BCR Senior Staff Writer Donna Barker at 815-875-4461, ext. 244.

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Just for fun: A not-so-savvy technologically challenged lady enters a store that sells curtains. She tells the salesman, “I would like to buy a pink curtain in the size of my computer screen.”

The surprised salesman replies, “But, madam, computers do not have curtains.”

And the woman said, “Helloooo ... I’ve got Windows!”

I know it’s a dopey joke, but it made me laugh!

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I’m hoping you’re enjoying your summer. Even if you don’t plan on taking a vacation out of the area, Bureau County offers folks a plethora of fun-filled activities nearly every weekend. Summer festivals are abundant in nearly every town and village, and I hope you’ll share in the fun. Enjoy. Relax. Breathe. Exhale. And remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.

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