Category Archives: Illinois

The Story of the WeChat group, 大学同学, University Classmates

The Jelly Bean contest continues!! Deadlines are:  Midnight today (Saturday) for USA; Noon on Easter Sunday for those in China. The Most Active Contestants: 大学同学, University Classmates Things have been slowing down from the USA end with 28 entries but … Continue reading

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Tulips vs. Two Lips

My mom is full of silly little ditties she passes along to me from her childhood, high school years or college days.  I keep them stored in a special memory file on my computer and have been adding to the … Continue reading

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“Do you need masks? I can send them.”

My text messages this morning came from my veterinarian friend, Dr. Wang, who is located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province’s capital city.  Over the years, she’s helped me with numerous animal rescues:  giving me discounts, mailing me canine or feline medical … Continue reading

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News from China brings ponderings of what lies ahead.

In China, the news is victorious. Wuhan, a city of 11 million and the epicenter of the virus, is open once more. After 9 weeks of lockdown, starting on January 23, this Hubei province metropolis has survived the worst.  Virus … Continue reading

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Lending Hands of Faith to our Finch of Faith

Before reading, if you haven’t already, for the background story check March 28 post, “Mea Culpa.”  Thunderstorms engulfed our area of Illinois yesterday evening.  The weather cells affected large swaths of the Midwest, including swooping down through the southern states … Continue reading

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Toilet paper back in stock: “Mine, mine, mine!”

  The surprising run on toilet paper the past 2 weeks left paper product aisles vacant. Toilet paper and boxed tissue/Kleenex items were not to be found until recently when at least bulk toilet paper returned this week to our … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa: It’s the Finch of Faith, not the Dove of Peace

Hey, folks!  I owe you all a mea culpa. Last post eloquently postulated about our mourning doves which I announced had created a nest in the front door wreath.  It was a logical assumption as last year, they made woven … Continue reading

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Our little bird brings hope

We know spring is here when our mourning doves are flitting about with tufts of dry grass, weeds and stalks in their beaks.  According to the mourning dove info I’ve found, peak nesting time is in late spring or early … Continue reading

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Today is World Happiness Day! Rejoice and be glad

Hey, Folks!! Let’s think of something other than doom and gloom in the world, and what better to lift our spirits than today, March 20, World Happiness Day? I had to do some research on this interesting UN sanctioned day, … Continue reading

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Staying home: Smalltown USA in the virus crisis

Perhaps some of you reading are from towns such as mine:  small population (4,000 or less), close-knit community where we know almost everyone by name, low crime rate, rural agricultural area (a majority of our surrounding residents are farmers with … Continue reading

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