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  • Seat assignments

    I needed it. A brief vacation in Nashville, Tenn., to visit friends and family. I had planned this time away for weeks ... hanging on the idea of some ...
    April 24, 2015 - 12:05 pm
  • Warren delivers a pitch of southern spirit, baseball knowledge

    There’s some southern drawl coming out of the Princeton Tiger dugout this spring and bringing a good pitch of baseball knowledge with it.
    April 22, 2015 - 3:57 pm
  • Riding the files of my memory

    I stopped by Bike Works in Peru the other day. It was my first time checking out the store, and I was impressed with the large variety of biking suppl ...
    April 22, 2015 - 12:44 pm
  • Food Court 4-23

    Some easy Bisquick recipes for the person cooking for two. Makes it easier to cook a small amount instead of eating the same thing for a week.
    April 22, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Unmistaken elevation

    You’re hanging by a thread. Dirt, thin as dust, splatters your eyes and face, blinding your perspective. The underside of your forearms are draped wit ...
    April 20, 2015 - 3:49 pm
  • Yesterday’s dinosaurs

    The following column was previously published.My cell phone was dead — not just dying, but dead. I’m ...
    April 17, 2015 - 12:35 pm
  • The Muffin Man

    Real men might not eat quiche but I’m pretty sure that dinner rolls are on the menu. I’ll get to that later but let me tell you a story first.
    April 17, 2015 - 12:36 pm
  • Nothing like Opening Day in St. Louis

    There are Opening Day ceremonies around Major League Baseball and then there is the Opening Day celebration at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
    April 15, 2015 - 3:30 pm
  • Morels coming on the horizon

    With the change in the weather, the thermometer going up and the presence of some additional sunshine, Bureau County has started to become more colorf ...
    April 15, 2015 - 3:04 pm
  • Food Court 4-16

    Here are some easy meals using Bisquick. They are main dishes or desserts to please the whole family with the ease you need after a hard day of work.
    April 15, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Waltzing through life

    It's been a long couple of weeks — maybe longer. I'm not sure. The days, weeks and months oftentimes run into each other.
    April 13, 2015 - 4:38 pm
  • Holding on to hope at the grill

    For those who haven’t figured out the real me (a list rumored to include coworkers, employers, teachers, neighbors, the one friend from high school I’ ...
    April 8, 2015 - 3:25 pm
  • Manners lost

    You’re sitting in a quiet waiting room. The receptionist is typing silently away behind the desk, chatting with her co-worker every now and again. The ...
    April 8, 2015 - 3:26 pm
  • Food Court 4-9

    What an easy meal to fix when you have a box of Stove Top Stuffing. Add a few ingredients, and you’ve got a meal. Just add a salad, and it’s about as ...
    April 8, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • Easter blessings

    Easter. It’s one of my favorite holidays. Even as a small child, I think Easter only took a backseat to Christmas. And even with all the energy I put ...
    April 3, 2015 - 12:55 pm
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