A Galena Holiday

Without a doubt, November would be the most dreary month of the year. Nothing good comes from November. It’s cold, it’s dreary, it’s usually damp (like right now), trees lose their stunning reds and gold and yellows of October and take on the lifeless look they’ll have for several months coming. And the onset of cold begins. 50, then 40, […]

How I Spend Your Money

This column is about the fact that I’m going to spend $3.7 million of your money this December. Yes, it’s true. It’s a tough life, but I stepped up and volunteered to spend your money. So that’s what I do. Just last month, I spent $183,495.85 of your money on things like paying the electric bill, buying a golf simulator, […]

It starts somewhere south of the southern tip of Illinois’ and ends in Chicago. That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it. At least it’s the story of my highway 57 and here is where I’ve landed after 57 years: somewhere north and east of Mahomet on the Sangamon River. Growing up as a Florida boy – and later, yes, […]

Preparing for the Big Race

Geez, it’s really rough this time of year! Just keeping up with the schedule is really a challenge with my rigorous training to get in top form. I mean, I’m one of the originals who’s been at this for nine years now and to be honest with you, it doesn’t get any easier with age. No, it really doesn’t. You […]

Sangamon Summer

Suggested headline: Riding Out the Heat Wave on the Sangamon River Time goes by more slowly on the Sangamon River. To be more precise, 5 ½ miles takes 6 ½ hours. So you learn a lot on a float trip. Primarily: relax, take it easy, you’ll get there. And: it’s about the journey, not the destination (in this case, the […]