ANY TEAM CAN HAVE A BAD CENTURY. Jack Brickhouseformer Chicago Cubs WGN radio announcer It had been a long dry spell, a very, very long dry spell. One hundred and eight years to be exact. One hundred and eight years since the Chicago Cubs last won a World Series. One hundred and eight years of […]

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A Daughter’s Marriage

When you’re happy you smile.When you’re really happy,your eyes smile. Unknown October 23, 1954: The wedding service was held at a modest wooden church in the country a few miles outside of Chenoa. It was a simple, tasteful ceremony that was attended by friends of the couple and many family members from the area. There

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Returning to Mecca

It had been over two years since I visited one of my favorite places. The last two years have certainly taken us to many extraordinary destinations: exciting events like balloon festivals, film festivals and other wonderful festivals, visits at the homes of numerous family and friends, historic and hallowed battlefields, and beautiful national parks. But my memories of

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Spring Training Baseball

It was a beautiful week for baseball — Opening Week for the Cactus League Baseball Association out here in sunny Arizona last week.  While baseball games weren’t on our calendar when we arrived in Phoenix, once we found out how close we were to the openers, Fred and I decided to stay for four extra days so

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Merkel Hat Trick

July 30-31; our last days in Michigan — We left one Merkel home (Aunt Carolyn & Uncle Bob) in Harrisville in the morning, and arrived at another Merkel home some four hours away in Monroe in the afternoon.  That makes visits with all three of the Merkel families – lucky us! We really enjoyed our overnight with my

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