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Recently, Matt and I went to Cancun for vacation. I know these days so many people are nervous about going to Mexico. And I understand them. But we feel lucky and blessed. We absolutely have no issue at all. Everything was how it was supposed to be. And we made it back home safely.

Last Wednesday at Orphans Treasure Box they asked me to “declutter”, something I had never done before. Decluttering meant sifting through two boxes and one full garbage bag full of used CD’s and DVD’s to find those a particular company was willing to pay more than 50 cents per item to buy. …

Back from Christmas in Seattle, I stepped into McDonald’s here in Mahomet expecting my usual warm greeting. Instead I heard an angry voice approaching and asking, “What’s your name?” I saw Patricia storming towards me and I smiled and said, “Merry Christmas.”

We all need friends. They help us through tough times and are something to look forward to. I am lucky to have a group of friends to spend time with. We sleepover, play video games together and go out to see a movie. We also have a tradition of going to Monical’s before our school dances.

One of my longest-held practices has been to not travel by any other means than automobile around the holidays. I have violated this rule this year for the first time in a long time and I am here to tell you that if I live to be one hundred, as God is my witness, I will never do this again.

I have wanted to listen to several Christmas tunes this holiday season that will probably get me in trouble but I don’t know if I can control what songs pass through my brain. I seem to wake up every morning humming a different tune. The Lovely Mrs. Matthews (TLMM) prefers to be at the other…

Ready or not, 2020 is here already. For sure, for me, 2019 went really fast, and now we are about to start a brand new year and hopefully with a brand new attitude. Many people make New Year’s resolutions, and some complete their resolutions, and some need more time and more motivation. If y…

Christmas gets harder as you get older. At the risk of sounding like my usual cantankerous self out of tune with any holiday spirit, I have to admit that managing current Christmas activities while rummaging through 67 years of Christmas memories is beginning to wear on the old cerebellum.

The Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and sometimes I think they’ve got the right idea.

Annually, December is the month that the Board of Education adopts the tax levy. This is the mechanism by which public schools in Illinois “gather” local property tax revenue. How does the levy work? There are months of preparation prior to the levy being formally voted upon in December of e…

I have to leave our van out at night and this morning it was covered with ice and leaves. The Lovely Mrs. Matthews (TLMM) and I started out at 8:30. I set the defroster on 80. It is as powerful as an industrial hair dryer. I turned left out of Wood Glen onto 150 and headed for Hatcher’s. By …

Thirty years ago, when I moved to the States, Thanksgiving was my first American holiday. And 30 years later, it’s still my favorite American holiday. What I really like about Thanksgiving is that it doesn’t belong to one culture, religion or nationality but belongs to all of us who live in …

As the snow whips parallel to the ground across the prairie this afternoon, I think about the irony of ceasing to publish the local newspaper on Mondays, the first one being Veterans’ Day. Teresa, our instructor in the therapy pool at the YMCA this morning, asked if I was a vet. “No,” I repl…

If most folks in town went to a restaurant but only paid for half of their meals each time, that eatery would go out of business pretty fast.

At 9:06 a.m. on May 25, an armed student entered my son's classroom in Noblesville, Ind., and opened fire. Amazingly, there were no fatalities.However, another student and my son were struck numerous times. Thankfully, both are recovering, but the injured student will have an extended hospital stay.

The holiday shopping season is here. There are more things bought this time of the year than any other time – especially from a retail aspect.