Ask Ed

It’s been a little while since I’ve answered a question directly in this column—too long in fact. I just want to remind everyone that if you have technology issues, whether they are computer or electricity related, please drop me a line and I will do my best to get you an answer. You can also visit www.icl.coop and leave a ...Read More


The road to recovery

Ronald Reagan once remarked, “To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will.” There are many memorable quotes associated with business, or the economy, or the recession. And, even though at first glance the quote above does ...Read More


Computer Shopping 103

In this computer shopping series so far, you have learned about the different kinds of processors and hard drives. Certainly, those two pieces are extremely important when purchasing a computer, but there are other parts to consider as well. Before I get started though, let’s take a moment to talk about an important word: integration. Unless you have it built ...Read More


From water famine to feast

Water in the form of rain can be a blessing or a curse. We’ve certainly seen the extremes in the last two years. Life, and in this case nature, has a way of slapping us across the face without leaving a mark, waking us up to the reality that we can’t control a darn thing as much as we think ...Read More


Computer shopping 101

Just the other day I was perusing some of the new computers on display at one of Springfield’s big technology chains, and I overheard a distressing conversation between a shopper and one of the store’s resident techies. The conversation was distressing because of the sheer lack of information being handed out by the store employee. I had a very difficult ...Read More

Asparagus Potato Soup

Cook. Eat. Live! Who: Busey Bank for United WayCost: $12.50 including shippingDetails: soft-backed, spiral-boundPages of recipes: 220Send checks to: Brenda Jeakins,2101 N. Veterans Parkway, Bloomington, IL 61704 or call 309-834-1020.


Leaving a legacy

There are a couple of things more important in life than just about anything—even money. Faith, family, friends and forgiveness are just a few of life’s most important things. Another thing important to many Illinois families is the family farm. It’s where roots are put down literally and figuratively. It represents more than a business. It’s home. It’s memories. But ...Read More


The trouble with Java (continued)

Last month I told you about the bug with Java you probably had installed on your computer. Since then, many of you have contacted me asking the same question: “I installed the latest version of Java on my computer, but now it says I have all of the older versions as well. What do I need to do now? My ...Read More

Sausage Rice Casserole

Saybrook Christian Church 2010 – Celebrating 150 Years Who: Saybrook Christian ChurchCost: $12, including shippingDetails: soft-backed, comb-boundPages of recipes: 123Send checks to: Linda Beatty, 40187 E. 1150 N. Rd., Saybrook, IL 61770 or call 309-475-8241.