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I was at a seminar a few months ago. During the workshop segment, we were given a delicate task: compose a list of characteristics of two people — a person you really admire and a person you do not.

I wrote about the bird who wouldn’t let me relax in my hammock. He sat above me, just out of range of my squirt gun, and took target practice at me. On the other side of the house, his brothers have bombarded my car in a way that can be described only as an organized mob hit.

My partner and I got married in February. I am not sure why this wasn’t a big deal when we were dating, but suddenly now that we are married, everyone wants us to come and spend the holiday with them. Easter was a nightmare; we both have divorced parents and ended up going to four different …

RURAL DEWEY — So far, May has been absolutely perfect here at The Society of Hooved Animal Rescue and Emergency. The pastures and surrounding areas are finally starting to dry up.

It’s that time of the year when I think about: What would I tell graduating seniors if I was giving their commencement address? Because, you know, it’s all about me; illusions that someone might ask me to give my invaluable insight to 50 or 100 young people about to embark upon the next chap…

I stood on the playing field outside Churchill Junior High in Galesburg just staring at my feet and waiting; it was the most painful time of the day — PE class — when kids chose who was going to play on their teams.

It was the first time in the last 17 years that I was absent from the annual Boneyard Arts Festival because I was out of country in April.

If you didn’t think Democrats in Springfield were serious before about adopting a progressive tax system, they proved this week they’ll do almost anything to help Gov. J.B. Pritzker pass his signature campaign promise.

If you didn’t think Democrats in Springfield were serious before about adopting a progressive tax system, they proved this week they’ll do almost anything to help Gov. J.B. Pritzker pass his signature campaign promise.

In time we must all develop a desire to make improvements for ourselves and for others. Exposing yourself to different avenues of influence helps to nurture your inner desire to be a part of something that will make an impact on the lives of many.

Paul, who knows it all, was on his soapbox lecturing about something nobody really cared about. We’re all used to it in the cigar shop.

So, am I the person I thought I would be? I posed this question in the April column. Forgive me, I didn’t fully answer it. But I don’t believe I can answer this question in its entirety at the present moment.

A friend recently mentioned that he’s thinking about auditioning for “The Wizard of Oz,” which will be presented by the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company this summer. I smiled at this, for few stories are thought of more fondly by baby-boomers like myself than “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

A good friend of mine has not been herself lately. The other day she said to me that sometimes she wonders if it is all worth it.  This kind of freaked me out, and I wasn’t quite sure what to say. It made me wonder if she was thinking about hurting herself. I didn’t want to say anything and …

SPRINGFIELD – Over the last 30 years, I’ve met plenty of characters in newsrooms, but by far my favorite was a reporter by the name of Joel Kirkpatrick.

If you are not careful you will overpower the very ones you are trying to influence for the kingdom of God. Less words and more action sometimes is what is needed in showing the power of God that guides your life.

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DEWEY — Thank goodness things are somewhat calm at Society for Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency. At least as calm as it can be taking care of 45 horses.

We have not all experienced the same things in life and must be willing to let others tell their story as well. One-sided influences corrupt.

Linda Ashby, 58, of Rantoul died Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

We can all make a difference in the world we live in, and we must choose to do our best. I am one, but there are so many others in my life who inspire me to be the best Christian I can be.