2 Jan 2018

Rumbling Thru

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Rumbling Thru

They thundered through the tiny town in southern Illinois, riding several wide and making the pavement thrum with power. He was five years old. When the line of motorcycles rumbled past his house, he ran outside to stand on the front lawn and watch them pass. All the neighbors were doing the same thing; it […]

7 Dec 2017

A Funeral for the Living

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A Funeral for the Living

Tim wants to attend his own funeral while he’s still living. At 64 years old, he has no plans to die anytime soon, but he doesn’t want to take the gamble that we’ll still have the ability to listen in on earthly conversations after we die, and he finds it ridiculous that we wait until […]

1 Dec 2017

Fancy Fridays

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Fancy Fridays

Thaddeus, age 4, is the dapper host of something special called “Fancy Fridays”. What makes Fancy Fridays fancy is a few things: 1. CANDLES.  You light a candle and then turn the dimmer part of the light switch down lower, and the dining room gets darker, but not too dark so you can still see […]

19 Nov 2017

Because a Hotel Has Known You for Decades

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Because a Hotel Has Known You for Decades

Mike says that ten years ago, the Pfister saved his mother-in-law’s life. His wife’s parents were celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary and were just about to leave the hotel to meet their family for a party when his mother-in-law suffered a heart attack in her room. Pfister staff called an ambulance and kept her calm […]

16 Nov 2017

The Lights are Still On: An Unlikely Story of a Slow Company with a Big Heart

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The Lights are Still On: An Unlikely Story of a Slow Company with a Big Heart

When Steve Wallace wandered into Margaret Muza’s studio, it felt like serendipity to all three of us. There’s a brief window every week when Margaret and I wait for a guest to stroll in, and whoever they may be, we ask if they’d be willing to get their portrait taken and share a piece of […]

1 Nov 2017

The World Ever Wider

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The World Ever Wider

When Rachael was a small girl, going over hills in the car was her favorite thrill. She loved the plunge, like a flock of tiny birds suddenly swooping in her stomach. Her grandmother would take her for drives, searching out hills to make into rollercoasters, and they’d laugh together. Even now, when Rachael is driving […]