Who Invented Gift Wrap? And Why?

Who Invented Gift Wrap? And Why?

As was the way in the 1920s, packages were wrapped in brown paper to protect them from the elements–and perhaps wayward birds. But, gasp, one day the Hallmark store ran out of the sturdy stuff and turned to sheets of the fancy paper used to line envelopes. It was a hit! And designed giftwrap entered […]

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FINALLY! BBQ that Hurts so Good

FINALLY! BBQ that Hurts so Good

Folks don’t often associate Jews with BBQ; but I’m from the South–I defy a lot of stereotypes. My family has fried chicken on Rosh Hashannah (a very holy day), and my Dad did competition BBQ for years. He has at least three grills–that we know about. Green Eggs…No Ham I grew up standing next to […]

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No House on the Prairie

No House on the Prairie

Since I don’t exactly know what a prairie is, I thought I’d check one out. And it’s quite lovely. No wonder the Ingalls liked it there. Nachusa Grasslands is just over an hour and a lifetime away from Chicago IL. A constant song of grasshoppers and/or cicadas provide the background for your meander through the […]

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Vocabulary on the Farm

In chatting with folks at campgrounds, it turns out that a lot of my neighbors have been farmers. Not really a surprise given that I’ve been in the middle of corn country. Although, it feels like the entire United States is corn country. These folks, though, have been animal farmers. And their hands show it: […]

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What Happens to Cornfields after the Summer?

What Happens to Cornfields after the Summer?

You’ve enjoyed your sweet summer corn, but the fields aren’t done with their harvest. Driving through central Illinois in early October, the lush green fields are now shriveled and brown. But still beautiful. What Happens to the Corn Fields? I had the chance to watch corn being combined–and it’s a well choreographed dance. With multi-ton […]

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