Nauvoo IL – Mormon Settlement

¬† ¬†Nauvoo Village was one of several settlements established and then all but abandoned by Mormons due to battles with their neighbors. ¬†The first was in Ohio, the second in Missouri, and then came Nauvoo in Illinois. This was the site that it’s founder Joseph Smith was killed and Brigham Young took over the leadership. Mauvoo has recently been been called the “Williamsburg of the … Continue reading Nauvoo IL – Mormon Settlement

More & More.. and then the Chinese Way..

¬† ¬†I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since our American culture is now almost totally geared around consumer spending. We simply can’t keep the paradigm going if we spend less this year than we did last. It seems that houses today MUST have ¬†master suites with at least 150 square foot closets and 200 square foot bathrooms. The general rule is that the family now … Continue reading More & More.. and then the Chinese Way..

Caterpillar Tractors..

¬† ¬†Caterpillar Tractors and such are very much a part of my search of America. ¬†So, when I was near Peoria Illinois recently I had to stop in at their museum at the headquarters building. ¬†What I found amazed me. ¬†I never realized the size of much of their equipment. Peoria is a wonderful city to tour and this exhibit is one of the prime … Continue reading Caterpillar Tractors..

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Have To…

    Slow down you’re moving too fast, ¬†got to make the morning last… The above words come from an old Simon and Garfunkel song entitled “59th Street Bridge Song” otherwise known as Feelin Groovy. ¬†Even in the 1960s many people thought that life was just moving too fast. Can you image what they might think about today? Getting to the title of this post, … Continue reading Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Have To…

Quincy Illinois – Villa Kathrine

¬† I will admit up front here that I didn’t spend as much time in Quincy IL as I planned. There are about a thousand historical homes in this small town but I will only feature one of them in this post. ¬†Quincy is one of many towns along the mighty Mississippi River and of course that mean it is steeped in history.¬†Villa Kathrine, which … Continue reading Quincy Illinois – Villa Kathrine

“Checks & Balances” Were Meant For Our Times…

¬† ¬† When our government was formed over three hundred and fifty years ago the founders were concerned about someone usurping total power. To prevent that they wisely instituted a pretty severe form of checks and balances. No one person or group of persons could take over without trampling their newly formed constitution. That was a good thing and it still is today. If there … Continue reading “Checks & Balances” Were Meant For Our Times…