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February Equals Abraham Lincoln!!
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February IS Abraham Lincoln!! Were you one of the lucky ones who did NOT have to work on President’s Day? Do you have your favorites picked for winning at the Oscars on Sunday night? I know – you’re asking yourself, where is she going with this blog? Believe me, sometimes I have to... Read the full story
Romance is in The Air!!
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Romance is in The Air!! Santa’s elves are glad that Christmas is over (at least for 11 more months)…and the New Year’s Baby will have to wait to ring in the next new year. So I think Mother Nature and Cupid are teaming up…and are wanting you to celebrate the winter months with... Read the full story
Single’s Valentine's Party!!
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Single’s Valentine’s Party!! Calling all singles for a great night out at The Lighthouse Inn! Anyone who is single should mark Saturday, February 9, 2013 on their calendar and come participate in the fun at a Single’s Valentine’s Party. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., all singles can join... Read the full story
Don't Forget the Honeymoon
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Don't Forget the Honeymoon Like many young women, I planned my wedding on a budget.  It can seem intimidating with so many potential expenses – flowers, food, invitations, cake, gown, DJ – the list can go on and on.  With so many costs to consider, many couples on a budget chose to... Read the full story
Eagle Watching Season Has Returned!
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Eagle Watching Season Has Returned! The eagle has landed…again! But this year, we must change ‘eagle’ to ‘eagles’ as there seems to be a larger number of eagles around the area than in the previous two years since I’ve been blogging about a hobby of many this time of year – Eagle Watching!... Read the full story
Discover your Flow
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Discover your Flow A few days ago, I saw a documentary called “Happy.”  The film explored the nature of human happiness –what causes it, how we can be happier, and what being a happy person can mean for your life. I was especially struck by the film’s explanation of the hed... Read the full story
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire!!!
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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire!!! “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”. When you hear these words, what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s one of the most recognized and beloved songs of the season – “The Christmas Song” – or commonly subtitled “Chestnu... Read the full story
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Style at Harpole's Heartland Lodge
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Celebrate New Year's Eve in Style at Harpole's Heartland Lodge So, here it is December 23 and the world didn’t end after all.  I guess the Mayans had it wrong…  Luckily, I didn’t put off anything as important as bill paying, Christmas shopping, or blog writing.  I did, however, put off making any plans for New Year’s... Read the full story
Christmas Gift Giving!!
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Christmas Gift Giving!! Today is Wednesday, December 5 and I guess at some point, I have to get myself in the Christmas spirit! It seemed like Thanksgiving came so early this year – and I wanted to enjoy the holiday as long as I could – that Christmas has snuck up on me AGAIN!... Read the full story
A New Christmas Tradition. The Way of Lights.
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A New Christmas Tradition.  The Way of Lights. The Way of Lights is a mile and a half drive through the shrine’s grounds, which are covered in over a million Christmas lights. Every tree on the property is either draped or wrapped in lights, and along the drive you see electro-art displays that corr... Read the full story
Bowling Alone? Not us.
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Bowling Alone?  Not us. In his book “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” Robert Putnam wrote about the decline of American social participation since the 1950’s. As his title indicates, Putnam points to bowling as an example of this decline. The nu... Read the full story
Thanksgiving Blessings!!
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Thanksgiving Blessings!! Merriam-Webster defines Thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks” while The Random House College Dictionary takes it one step further and defines Thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment or benefits or favors, esp. to God.” So... Read the full story
Enjoy a Day Trip to Springfield Illinois
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Looking for a great day trip that will be memorable without breaking the bank? If you're anywhere near the Central Illinois area, there's a place you should consider that you probably haven't thought about visiting since your 6th grade field trip. Sprin... Read the full story
Enjoy the Season with Your Family
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Enjoy the Season with Your Family Autumn in Illinois is a true treasure. I know that the Land of Lincoln is mostly known for its icy winters, humid summers and crooked politics, but once a year we touch on something wonderful in our lovely fall season. Briskness fills the air. The tree... Read the full story
Planning a Wedding Shower - Think Outside of the Gift Box
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Planning a Wedding Shower – Think Outside of the Gift Box A few years ago I was asked to plan my sister’s bridal shower. She’s an offbeat gal who lives on the other side of the country and whose hobbies include canyoneering, learning Native American rain dances, and making her own taffy. We don’t have a whole... Read the full story
The Essential Girls’ Getaway
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The Essential Girls’ Getaway It’s no secret – our lives are busier than ever. For those in the professional world, long hours, e-mails, text messages, and conference calls keep us ever struggling to keep up with a constant barrage of correspondence and obligation. For those raising a... Read the full story
Fall Foliage in Full Color!!
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Fall Foliage in Full Color!! Because of our work schedule, Dan and I are not always able to take advantage of the numerous fall color drives and festivals (Pike County Fall Color Drive, Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, Clarksville Applefest and the Louisiana Country ColorFest) that a... Read the full story
Next Stop...Quincy, Illinois!!
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Next Stop...Quincy, Illinois!! Next Stop…Quincy, Illinois!! When Gary left for his hunting trip, I thought I might have a couple of weeks to regroup. But oh no! He sends me a text last Sunday morning asking if I could write a blog while he was gone. After a couple of messages ba... Read the full story
The Circus Wedding Came To Heartland
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The Circus Wedding Came To Heartland This past weekend the lodge was host to a beautiful vintage style wedding. The bride and groom were Paige Tharp and Brad Ruble. They place a big white tent behind the New Lodge and the ceremony chairs were placed beyond the tent. Inside the tent were... Read the full story
Plan Your 2013 Illinois Vacation Now!!
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Plan Your 2013 Illinois Vacation Now!! How early is too early to plan your vacation for 2013? I’m already thinking of my vacation to Florida with my mom in January & February so I would say that you could definitely start thinking about & planning your 2013 vacation NOW! But the all-importan... Read the full story
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