Every Day Life

It Never Ends

It Never Ends

It just never ends. I am sorry to report to those of you with younger children that they will in fact continue to make you want to bang your head against a wall even when they are “adults.” I, of course, never made my mother feel that way. I transitioned into adulthood perfectly with no […]

May 1, 2014 | By More

Backyard Living

Vulnerable yet Sturdy

Vulnerable yet Sturdy

For a few years now I’ve been smitten with the yarrow plant, a common wildflower with a thousand uses. Known by the scientific name of Achillea millefolium, this plant grows wild all over Asia, Europe and North America, and takes to a variety of soils. Considered by many to be a weed, these prolific plants […]

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Outdoors

Ozark Nirvana

Ozark Nirvana

A black damselfly with luminous teal blue trim lands on a sycamore branch just inches from my face. It looks like a creature from another world, right out of the movie “Avatar.” I’ve never seen this species before, and I find it while standing waist deep in the pristine North Fork of the Illinois Bayou. […]

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Style in the Valley

Vacation Essentials

Vacation Essentials

Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and so on — Our lives are full of momentous occasions that deserve to be celebrated and honored. The standards when handpicking gifts for each occasion should be high, and locally-owned gift shop, Gifts on Parkway, is stocked full of thoughtful and creative items that can not […]

June 1, 2014 | By More

Valley Vittles

Cool and Savory Summertime Eating

Cool and Savory Summertime Eating

Summertime is here, and the living is easy in the River Valley. The days are long with sunlight lingering until 9 p.m. That means plenty of time for outdoor activities after work. This could mean chores. The lawn must be mowed, the yard borders trimmed; maybe the garden could use a good weeding. Or you […]

June 1, 2014 | By More

On a Personal Note

A Gift to our Community

A Gift to our Community

Guest Written by Amy Tarpley It’s been a “colorful” two months in my new position as Executive Director, and although I knew it was a job with many hats I have also learned that the job never stops. Some might think that sounds unappealing, but I can’t wait to go to work each morning, and […]

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Excuses Not Accepted

Excuses Not Accepted

Guest Written by Paula Reeder As a school teacher I hear a wide range of excuses on a daily basis. Although some are very creative I seldom accept them. But why then do I allow myself to make excuses for my own behavior? Simple, it’s easier to make excuses than actively doing something. January 2013 […]

Thanks Mom!

Thanks Mom!

    Thanks Mom! Thanks for my first fishin’ pole. Thanks for letting Dad and Grandpa take me to the pond and put me in the boat when I was barely big enough to hold the fishin’ pole. Thanks for reading the animal and dinosaur books to me before I could read. Thanks for letting me […]

May 3, 2014 | By More
Chic on the Creek

Chic on the Creek

Regardless of a few chilly days that the River Valley has seen in the past few weeks, a majority of the afternoons have been delightful. So delightful, that I have begun to notice kayak and canoe galore gloriously floating on the tops of vehicles. Spring has sprung and it is safe to say that the […]

May 3, 2014 | By More