• 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

Illinois Republican slowly warms to Trump

Like some other high-profile Illinois Republicans, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is still not sold on Donald Trump. But he says he’s coming around. The GOP formally nominated Trump…

University presidents’ pay subject of new report

A new report takes a fresh look at how much university presidents are being paid. The report from the Chronicle of Higher Education shows pay for university presidents is up more than…

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