Category: Feature

Cordovan leather early form of highest-quality shoes

While reading an O. Henry short story recently, I came upon the word cordwainer and it delighted me. What was this word and what was its meaning? And what better was a follow-up to my previous article about socks, than shoes? Let’s go on today’s adventure! The term cordwainer entered...

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Ask Grandpa: Definition of a Sabbath Day’s Journey

Grandpa, In the Book of Acts, Luke tells Theophilus that Jerusalem is a Sabbath Day’s journey from the Mount of Olives. That does not help me to know the distance. I have looked it up on (the internet) and can’t find any definitive answer to my question about what a...

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Jim Lambert: Many detours, many jobs, in U.S. Army

By John Montesano –  The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club named James “Jim” Lambert the June veteran of the month. He was born June 28, 1935 on a farm near Lombard. He was graduated from Glenbard High School and enlisted in the Army in December 1953. He went to Fort...

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Suggestions: Steps to create new U.S. foreign policy

How not to conduct foreign policy: Just follow the example of Donald J. Trump in all aspects of dealing with other sovereign nations, as follows: • Step one. Change the direction of your policy statements every day, based upon the opinion of the last person you speak to before retiring...

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‘Denny’ Wiggins deserves honor

By Amy Roth –  Dan Dolan, Sr., has known Dennis “Denny” Wiggins since Wiggins was a young boy. “They don’t make ’em any better,” Dolan said at the recent Kiwanis Club of Aurora’s 44th Annual Service to God & Fellowman award dinner. “He exemplifies the spirit of giving. He has...

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Desks help African kids through television host, audience

Lawrence O’Donnell, the host of “The Last Word” the cable television show on  MSNBC had an inspiring segment recently. It  featured a young woman from Malawi in southwest Africa named Maureen, whose goal in life is to be a doctor. The joy this young girl expressed during the show was...

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Sounds: Wind, church bells, snow on a roof, Aria’s joy, silence

Morning arrived again, just as it always does. Morning, when all is possible, and no new troubles come to visit. I heard the sound of a plane flying overhead on its way east or west. I heard the morning birds chirping. I heard the train’s moan when it headed north....

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On handling special orders in U.S. Army back in the day

Just as in years past around Memorial Day, I like to write a military-themed column, sometimes dealing with my illustrious military career, the last half of which was spent in the offices of U.S. Eighth Army Headquarters G-1 in Seoul, Korea. My fellow troopers and I were ready at a...

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Students’ Voice: Steven Spielberg movie focus on population problems

By Joe Illingworth, junior –  Grace Holistic Center for Education in Yorkville –  Ready Player One is a movie interpretation of the book written by Ernest Cline. The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and was funded by Warner Bros.. The movie is based in a dystopian world where over-population...

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One hundred statues in Statutory Hall honor 50 states

The National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. has 100 statues donated by individual states to honor notable leaders in their state’s history. Even before the completion of the present House wing in 1857, the idea of a National Statuary Hall was considered. Representative Justin S....

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