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Monday, July 22, 2013 12:00 am
In “Happier endings,” I ventured the opinion that patients with life-threatening conditions ought to talk sooner with their physicians about end-of-life issues. News comes that a Democratic congressman has introduced a bill to make such conversations easier. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) sat on the Portland city council in ...
Monday, July 22, 2013 12:00 am
In 2011’s “Good and true,” I took up the problem of biased or incompetent jurors rendering our criminal justice system anything but just. In a recent post, Slate’s Brian Palmer looked at the research ...
Sunday, July 21, 2013 12:00 am
Condition 90 ca. 1986, l-r Irwin, Walter, Berkman It is nothing out of the ordinary for Tom Irwin to be performing at Brewhaus (617 E Washington) on a Sunday night. Tonight, however, promises to be unusual indeed.  In just over two hours, at 8 PM, Springfield music fans of a certain age will be treated to their first chance in a couple of decades to see the normally folky Irwin t...
Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am
In “Three strikes and you're in,” I endorsed the idea that what Springfield needs to make its economy perk is the entrepreneurial energy and enterprise that immigrants supply. Turns out that the Small Business Administration commissioned a report on that idea in 2012. Robert W. Fairlie, an economics professor at...
Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am
This is the first in a series of posts leading up to Saturday's (July 13) group exhibit of work by members and guests of Springfield art collective The Pharmacy. Joshua Cox grew up in central Illinois, in small towns near Peoria. He eventually headed east, y earning his MFA from the Art Institute of Boston before deciding to return to his midwestern roots, spending a few years each liv...
Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am
This is the second in a series of posts leading up to Saturday's (July 13) group exhibit of work by members  and guests of Springfield art collective The Pharmacy. "I have a general idea of where I want to start, and kind of where I'm headed," says Peoria-based artist Sarah Nesbit of her experience painting, "but as the process unfolds, I end up ultimately arriving...
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Meet Jackie Jackson. If you don't know her, you should. She has mentored many a writer. Maybe you. She’s written an array of children’s books over the years and tons of interesting and funny stories about growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Since retiring, she has finally sat down and concentrated on getting those big books published. So far, two books from
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:00 am
Ah, another Fourth is gone – the ritual burning of dead animals, flags made in China waved by just folks celebrating our glorious victories over the world’s peasant armies, speeches by people convinced that if the Founders were alive today they sit at their table in the cafeteria and not yours, all experienced through an alcoholic fog…. The spectacle always puts me in mind of Whitman�...
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:00 am
While I’m in a patriotic mood, I thought I’d pass along a few quotes from the Founding Fathers, courtesy of David Atkins over at Hullabaloo. Among them: James Madison: “The growing wealth acquired by [corporations] never fails to be a source of abuses. Thomas Jefferson: I hope we shall cru...

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