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They Gave Me Gifts: The Hyacinth of Easter 1978

I had a difficult time my first year of marriage.  At only 20, I had married my high school sweetheart and was swiftly moved away from my family home in Michigan, not knowing I would never again be closer than a long trip home. 1,308 more words

10 Years Ago This Weekend, Deadly Tornado Ripped Through Utica, Ill.

(CBS) – Sunday is the tenth anniversary of the tornado that hit the small north central Illinois town of Utica, killing eight people.

The tornado flattened a century-old tavern in the town of about 1,000 people about 90 miles southwest of Chicago. 158 more words


Midwest Affairs

I drove nine hours to Illinois for love.
I found romance between unsalted lakes
and miles of starving brown grass, fantasy
nestled underneath my bald tires, years… 138 more words


Rock Island Library cards offered to brand new readers

Reaching out to a whole new age group, the Rock Island Library is offering library cards for brand new readers.

My First Library Card is a program launched to introduce children from birth to age six to all the available reading materials that libraries have to offer. 99 more words