A personal journey into heart disease

A personal journey into heart disease

“This is Amazon,” a man’s voice said on the other end of the phone. “I’m calling about your husband. He has been taken by ambulance to Saint Joseph’s Hospital—the main hospital.” “What happened?” I ask, panic ripping through me. “I don’t know any more than that,” the voice said. I’m sure he told me his […]

The visitor’s center at Lincoln Log Cabin historic site near Lerna

The story of the CCC and its legacy in Illinois

A statue stands in Giant City State Park of a shirtless young man. His right hand rests on an ax handle, his hat is tilted at a rakish angle while he stares into the distance with a slight smile of satisfaction on his face. He is the embodiment of CCC workers; young men who changed […]

A man dressed as Santa Claus

Ho, Ho, Ho

“‘Santa, I need a hug.’ I turned, and there was a lady in a wheelchair. I started to bend down to hug her and she said, ‘No, give me a minute.’ She pulled herself out of that chair to stand up. She told me she had MS. I was giving her a hug, and she […]

From the sands of Iwo Jima

Every day, when weather allows, John Moon hops on his bicycle and goes for a ride. He bowls at least twice a week. Every Thursday, John goes to choir practice, and every Sunday, he sings at church. He used to do a series of calisthenics every day, including push-ups and deep knee bends, but he […]


Some might say Kimberly Dublo is out of her gourd, but the Hamburg, Ill. artist would likely consider that a compliment. Kimberly is a self-taught gourd artist with a love for the humble fruit that has become a palette for her intricate artwork. From her rustic studio on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, […]

Heartland Lodge with brightly lit windows under a night sky.

Heartland Lodge

You may have never thought about Pike County as a vacation destination, but a local entrepreneur has developed a gem in the rough that’s providing a special guest experience while boosting economic development. Just over 16,000 people reside in Pike County, and with a population of nearly 4,600, Pittsfield, the county seat, is its largest […]

From Agriculture to Aerospace

In his youth, David Shaw had his head in the clouds, but instead of dreaming up a future in sports or traveling the world, David had his mind set on something much higher, literally. He dreamed of owning his own aerospace business right on his family’s farm. He told his friend, Adam Wesley, his plans […]

Band of Brothers

His hands were like leather, gnarled from years of hard labor, and he stooped as he walked. His clothes, which may have fit at one time, hung on his frame and gray hair poked out from under the dark, worn hat that shaded the bright light in his eyes. He moved briskly, for someone his […]

Black and white cows behind barbed wire fence

How the West was wrangled

By Jerry McDonald In the movie, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” a character proclaims, “Sir, this is the West. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” And so, legends and stories about men like Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Buffalo Bill Cody, Billy the Kid and Sam Bass have shaped popular perception of […]

Exceptional Camps for Exceptional People

Every summer thousands of youngsters enjoy the experiences of summer camps. They make new friends, enjoy new experiences ranging from hiking and swimming to zip line trips, and take in all  the great outdoors offers. Scout organizations, church camps and even athletic groups give campers summer adventures they will never forget. While most camps cater […]