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I began reading Mary Herschelman’s columns long before I knew her personally.  I often read them and feel as if she is speaking directly to me, offering guidance and bringing clarity I … more
The weather has changed since the last time we had a chance to visit. August left Montgomery County dry and wishing for more of the rains we saw in July. As we enter mid-September, harvest will soon … more
September 1953 is hot and dry. The heat and lack of timely rain has affected both the field crops and the garden. Grandma's older sister, Maud, had come for a long visit at the end of August. Most … more
I have served the public for 40 years, first as an Illinois State Trooper for 30 years, and then as an elected official on the Montgomery County Board for another 10 years.  In addition, I was … more
Inspirations for my “Rambling” come from diverse places; this one comes from an ad for attorney services that appears on WAND, the Decatur television station that CTI sends into my home. … more
My life, like almost everyone in the world, has been complicated by 2020. There has been so much going on, and yet so little. However, I am choosing to count the blessings that I have received so far … more
You’ve likely heard that it is the year for the census–the time once every ten years when the US gets an official count of people living in the United States and its territories. If … more
Saturday night our Trump flag was stolen from our front porch. The cable ties were cut off in order for it to be taken.  Also, our Trump sign was taken as well. This is the second time our … more
The latest guilty pleasure at the Herschelman household has been watching “Madam Secretary” on Netflix after the girls go to sleep. It’s just kind of a fun show to relax and unwind … more
• I was around a positive and no one has contacted me.  Why not? In order to be classified as a close contact–which needs to be considered for quarantining–a few things have … more
The forgotten members of our community during this pandemic are our fellow citizens in nursing care facilities. They are being held in the facility without visits from family or friends.  … more
The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test under the umbrella of an approved FDA Emergency Use Authorization.  The CLIA-certified … more
I would like to suggest that the reporting of Montgomery County COVID test results should include not only the positive results, but also the negative results and the percentage positive.  Two … more
As we reflect on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II over this past weekend, it is a good time to remember the men behind the victory in the Pacific. The lucky number 7 was unlucky for … more
An interesting fact about myself is that I have been married twice and never divorced.  My husband, Corey, and I had been engaged for a year when we found out that I was pregnant with our … more
“Bison, known also as buffalo and Illinois cattle, were plentiful in the 1600s and 1700s,” according to the Illinois State Museum. “The last reported bison kill in Illinois took … more
The 12th wettest July on record for Illinois has crops looking pretty good for the month of August. Recent rains this month have also been a blessing. For our August column we’ll visit with a … more
August 1953 continues the saga of bringing plumbing into the house. No more pumping water from the hand pump in the kitchen and heating it to wash dishes, and best of all no more trips to the … more
I would like to publicly thank Mr. Dennis Held for saving the day. My 30-year-old deep freeze, filled with food, recently had operational issues. After calling Springfield vendors and checking … more
One of the favorite old time hymns in our Christian community is “In the Garden.” It comes to mind when occasions like this arise, when we pause to remember those who have passed from us … more
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