A visit to the town of Winterset, Iowa, featuring some of its highlights and history. Winterset, the county seat of Madison County, is the birthplace of John Wayne and location of the 1995 film, "The Bridges of Madison County."
In October 1861, Colonel Jefferson Jones of Callaway County, Missouri, negotiated a compromise to avoid invasion by Union troops. Jones declared the county independent of external government control, and it subsequently became known as the Kingdom of Callaway.
Every Christmas season for 48 years, a coconut was anonymously delivered to the home of Ed Clinch. The prank eventually received international attention. Here is a look at the rest of the story.
Tasty yeast-raised breakfast buns made with muesli, wheat flour, and a bit of brown sugar. Perfect for the toaster oven or breakfast on the go.
By the time I underwent bilateral total hip replacement surgery (THR), I couldn't remember what it was like to walk normally. The successful results included a positive impact on my overall sense of well-being.
A popular Illinois tourist attraction, Starved Rock State Park and its history are both fascinating and mysterious.
The history of the Lemp brewing family lives on in the old mansion that some believe to be haunted. Currently the house is a popular restaurant and inn, featuring ghost tours and other special events.
The Effingham hospital fire on the night of April 4, 1949, was the second largest in United States history, with a total of 77 fatalities. The tragedy resulted in a nationwide overhaul of hospital fire safety regulations thereafter.
Is it your or you're? Lead or led? English language word usage and punctuation can be tricky. Here are some common mistakes frequently seen online, with explanations and examples.
If you travel often by car, a few shortcuts like these can help get you on the road in no time!
One of the top parapsychologists of his time, D. Scott Rogo was murdered in 1990. To this day, his case has not been solved.
Free knitting pattern for a headband/ear warmer and matching mitts in horizontal reverse stockinette rib stitch.
A pattern for an easy, one-size, cloche-type hat, knit in the round with bulky yarn and large needles.
More of my adventures in collecting and learning about midcentury American pottery, as well as a discussion of my experiments with some minor repairs.
On March 5, 1946, at a small college in the heart of America, Winston Churchill delivered a speech warning the world of a Soviet "iron curtain" descending across Eastern Europe.
Harry Houdini, the great illusionist, pursued the truth about life after death, and promised his wife he would return to deliver a coded message. Whether he did that or not remains a mystery.
Including history of the C.H. Moore estate in Clinton, Illinois, the development of the annual Apple 'n Pork Festival, and tips for visiting!
History, legends, and photographs of the Myrtles Plantation, a tourist site and inn near St. Francisville, Louisiana, approximately 30 miles north of Baton Rouge.
An overview of some benefits and discounts you may not think about or realize you qualify for as a senior citizen.
Recipe for almond-flavored pastry puffs baked in a square muffin/bar pan, topped with powdered sugar glaze and/or preserves and almond slices.
Design technology and history of the Kohler Company, seen in product displays and a museum located at the Kohler Design Center in Kohler, Wisconsin.
Remembering two tragedies that shook the orderly university community of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, in the 1980s: The Hendricks murders in 1983 and the S&S Liquor Store murders in 1988.
Recipe for a simple fruit galette using nectarines, packaged pie crust, and peach gelatin.
Features, facts, and photographs of Hannibal, Missouri, at the height of tourist season. Focus on Mark Twain history, tourist sites, architecture, geology, legends, and local history.
History and highlights of the Griffith Observatory and Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California.
Variations of a family favorite recipe for corn relish. Ingredients for a small batch include frozen corn kernels; bagged, shredded cabbage; bell peppers; mustard; and apple cider vinegar.
Collecting mid-century vintage costume jewelry, identification marks, and discussion of the history of costume jewelry by Monet, Trifari, Schiaparelli, Weiss, and DeLizza & Elster.
Where to find vintage knitting patterns, classic vintage knitted styles, free vintage knitting patterns available online, using and interpreting vintage knitting patterns.
Some basic history and examples of modest mid-century American pottery by Spaulding/Royal Copley, McCoy, Hall, Shawnee, and Haeger.