• Dear Hearts and Gentle People

    At Heliotrope University during the 1980’s there was a visiting Chinese professor in the English department named Jing Feng. Professor Feng had a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge,…

  • The Flower by the Doorstep

    My grandfather discovered a box of old hand-written manuscripts that had been left in a drawer in his store. They were fragments of stories that had been written by an unknown author…

  • Love at the Movies

    “How did you and Mom meet?” young Clay Greenfield asked his father Cletes Greenfield as the two were having lunch at Mom’s Family Restaurant in Weeder’s Clump. Both had ordered…

  • Strange Connections

    Sometimes I am amazed at how things connect in life. When that happens I realize that life is truly mysterious and, at times, surprising. I am reminded of the day my good friend Mooker…

  • A Post-Modern Cautionary Tale

    It was a damp, drizzly Sunday morning in mid-April in Weeder’s Clump, Illinois, and Bryce Nimbus was entering the First Malthusian Church to attend morning services. He had big plans…

STATE NEWS

Veterinarians warn of canine flu outbreak

    A recent outbreak of canine influenza virus is nothing to sneeze at, according to a local veterinarian. Dr. Romanie Walter, veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic…

Hastert to report to prison June 22

  Judge Thomas Durkin on May 19 ordered former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert to report to prison no later than 2 p.m. on June 22. Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison…

Quality of life varies throughout state

Would you rather live longer or better? As human longevity increases into the 70s, health professionals are now looking at what can be done to extend the portion of a lifetime free…

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