Seven Things I Learned from my River

Two-score and 14 years ago, my mother brought forth: me. And its times like this that guys like me take time to stop and reflect. And today I’m reflecting on my river; looking back at seven things that living on the Sangamon River has taught me over the years. Life has its ups and downs I’m writing this column instead […]

River reporter’s live coverage of Riverfest

Dateline: Sangamon River Music Festival – somewhere east of downtown Mahomet, Friday, August 26, 2016, 5pm The USRC display booth is set up and ready to sell ducks for the Sangamon River Duck Race. Mary brings by a box of cute little giveaway ducks for the kiddies. Meanwhile, rain is threatening as clouds are roiling. But it’s an exciting time […]

A Duck Race Q and A!

It’s hard to believe it’s once again the time of year plagued by intense struggle and strife, the constant jockeying for position, the arguments, the endless name-calling while accusations fly. Presidential campaign season, you ask? Olympics maybe? Hardly. I’m talking about the intense competition of the 6th Annual Sangamon River Duck Race. And we here at Notes from the River […]

The Experience of Awe

Wilderness, it is said, has the capacity to inspire in all of us humans a sense of “awe”. Experiencing nature firsthand in all of her grandeur helps us get in touch with our humility and the sense that we’re one small part of something far larger, far greater than ourselves. A recent article in Psychology Today described awe as “that […]

Many Rivers to Cross

Our trip started along the banks of the Sangamon. From here, the Sangamon heads 200 miles downstream on a twisted course south and west. We boarded our craft (in this case, a Toyota Camry), and set out for the great Wild West. Before long, we crossed the Illinois River in downtown Peoria. South of downtown Peoria, at Beardstown, the Sangamon […]