Inside out

Welcome to the penultimate month of a year that slipped right through our grasp! Thankfully, November ushers in a time of gathering and feasting on the fruit of our labor – a time when joy and cheer are, at the…

Don’t Forget to Say Thank You!

According to my younger sources, phone books and dictionaries are passé. Information they provide is now checked online. I refute that claim, realizing no matter how eloquent my argument, it can’t be proven true or false. To explain further, “younger”…

West Peorians can make a difference

The West Peoria Jamboree Race is back and needs Y-O-U. In order to give the race a running start, volunteers are needed to help coordinate and organize the event. If you would like to be part of 2008’s exciting return…

Don’t ignore the livers and hearts

Plastic Frisbees hadn’t yet made their debut (leastways we hadn’t seen any), so Eddie and I would sail cow chips across the meadow and through the woods. Sometimes the neighbors’ old sooner dog would run and try to catch them.…

Peoria’s Salute to Women Historical Show

Smiling and Beguiling, A look back on our wise and wonderful womanly wiles! The Peoria Historical Society’s SALUTE TO WOMEN Historical Style Show at 11a.m. Luncheon at noon, November 3, 2007 at Pere Marquette Hotel There is a cartoon called…

Christian Bros. Boot Outlet Going Strong

“These boots were made for walkin,”’ could he a theme for the Christian Bros. Boot Outlet store in Bellevue. Instead, it’s a western store with a whole lot more,” is their slogan, according to its current co-owner Brenda Eberley. The…

2007 Women’s Lifestyle Show October 27

The 2007 Women’s Lifestyle Show will be entertaining and educating women on Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is the 16th year of educational seminars, guest speakers, entertainment, handouts, healthcare screenings, makeovers and give-a-ways. The expanded…

‘Stop this insane war?’

Both the Senate and House were prepared to hear the General’s report on the surge against the enemy. The General commanding the troops was ready to deliver details. Was the surge working? Was it a failure? It had been several…

Magician, Magellan, Methuselah

Suddenly there it was. Right where I would never have expected it. On a window frame by the kitchen, like a little piece of jade jewelry, a chrysalis had mysteriously appeared, just hanging there, out of place, on the side…

Gold in the Harvest

The Set-up Crew arrived at 4 a.m. Their energy alone could power the sound system that was to accompany the host that would arrive at ten. For hours they labored laying cable, setting up speakers, cameras and mikes. But this…

Allison’s Engagement

Dear Allison, When you called to announce your engagement, the excitement in your voice was wonderfully contagious! How great hearing your good news! As your “beloved aunt,” your name for me, I’m permitted a certain nostalgia about this life-changing event…

Open burning is over

West Peoria will no longer have open burning beginning October 1, 2007. The City Council, in a 7-1 vote, on August 14, 2007 ended the years of debate over the burning topic. This is a huge relief for people who…

No hiding from the horrors of war

Another month, another hospital stay, but this time it was not me but my son Jason. He gave me quite a scare. On the fifteenth of September, on a Saturday night about ten, he called and told me he was…

A Slice of History

When Frankie was five years old, she was the perfect picture of a pregnant potato bug. I was just beginning to know her at the time and she was always underfoot. By the time she turned six, I came to…