We had a great Thanksgiving weekend. All the kids came home, and Saturday they put up my outdoor decorations. Talk about a Christmas present!
Recently, during some time off, I had the life-changing experience of picking my daughter up at school for a whole week.
One by one the Christmas decorations were hung on the tree. The mood was light and the smiles were abundant as each ornament was gingerly removed from its tissue paper wrapping inside the ornament boxes.
Inadvertently, I have become the willing spokesman for the ever silent minority; those land bound, upright homosapiens who care not to revisit the oceans and seas from whence Darwin hypothesized we came.
While columns are typically considered an easy read — meant to give people insight on an issue or another perspective on a topic or just a short escape from everyday life —they’re actually not that easy to write, or at least, they’re not for me.
Playing softball 24/7 is Deidra Whightsil’s kind of weekend.
The first season of shotgun deer hunting is over and the second season starts today. I think the real surprise in statistics is the overall drop in the state’s deer harvest number.
You can just about taste it now.
I always count my change while I’m still in line at the gas station or fast food place or wherever. Today when I did it, I found the cashier gave me an extra dollar, so I gave it back to her. The guy behind me looked at me like I was insane as I walked out the door.
It was later in the evening on a Friday night, and the phone rang. I initially panicked a bit. After all, most of my friends were probably doing what I was doing (nodding out on the couch), and any relative who was calling me at that hour was probably in the midst of a crisis. The newspaper was already off the press, so I knew it wasn’t an office call.
Past entries of these articles have looked at the headlines from the years 1907 to 1912. Let’s go back a few years in this edition and look at the year 1900 Bureau County, Illinois through the eyes of the Bureau County Republican.
This column was originally printed on Dec. 7, 2009
Sheila Heth of Princeton went to her 40th class reunion at Ottawa High School last summer. While catching up with old friends, the topic of conversation came to the sport of curling. The more they talked about it, the more Heth became interested.
Let me be honest with you. I’ve been struggling with this column since I wrote my last one, when I realized I would be writing a column for Thanksgiving Day. I didn’t want it to be a column filled with clichés. I wanted it to be heartfelt and honest. But then I realized it’s almost impossible to write a Thanksgiving Day column without being a little cliché, so here we go.
Originally I wanted to do a column for Thanksgiving about being thankful for things. I thought I had great subjects, and I would ask all my siblings what they were thankful for this year.
Now’s the time to start getting some cookies ready for Christmas time and for the in-between guests you have for the holidays. You can bake them, freeze them and when you know you’re having people in, pull them out, and you’re ready to entertain.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away. No doubt your refrigerator and freezer are already showing the signs of an upcoming holiday feast, or you have your reservation written neatly on the calendar. Either way, most of us will be gathering with those we love on this annual holiday to spend valuable moments with those we hold most dear.
“So where are you headed off to college at?” The graduation invitation salesman asked each of my fellow class officers in the last months of my senior year.
One moment, Todd Stevens and the Washington Panthers football team were celebrating a quarterfinal victory in the 5A playoffs, impressively continuing their push to a state championship. Less than 24 hours later, they were taking cover for the lives.
About a month ago, the Bureau County chapter of Pheasants Forever invited youths from Bureau County to participate in a live pheasant hunt at Hickory Grove. The young hunters were hunting over experienced bird dogs along with experienced handlers. The weather was good, the hunting was good and the young hunters had a great time. Special thanks to the Bureau County Pheasants Forever for serving the youth of Bureau County.
Since Day 1, “Any Meal, Any Time, By Reservation” has been our motto here at Chestnut Street Inn. We felt it was a pretty self explanatory kind of catch phrase. Anyone can book for any meal any time of day, as long as I know you’re coming. Apparently not so.
On Monday morning, like most other mornings in my life, I get up fairly early, before most dawns, and head out to the living room, pull back the drapes a bit, and check my neighborhood.
With the holidays coming, I thought some different salads would help you in putting your meals together for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. A great salad always seems to make your meal complete.
One part of my job which I truly enjoy are the opportunities I have to visit area schools. Sometimes I’m there to do an interview or take a photo, while other occasions find me in the halls of education to speak to a class about the newspaper business. Either way, I most always leave each school with a feeling of appreciation for the teachers who lead their students through the educational — and often the life skills — process.
“I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control and I think I like it.” Not only are these the lyrics to a popular, early-1980s anthem by the heavy-metal trio “The Pointer Sisters,” but it also pretty much sums up how I’m feeling right now. I usually write about stuff that happened in the past but today I’m going to try and wax poetic about the future.
DePue High School will have a pair of new head coaches this basketball season.
Here it comes! Some are dreading it; some are looking forward to it; some are pretending it’s not going to happen this year ... I’m, of course, talking about the holiday season.
There is enough time in the day for us to make a change. Right now in this moment we are given a minute of our lives to make another decision. Will we continue to live as before?
Here’s some potato recipes to go with your holiday dinners for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Rather than the usual mashed potatoes, why not try something different to share with your family and friends.