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Welcome to October

There are some few precious things —love, justice, kindness, peace, understanding  And they save our souls in the infinite waters of  divine love. These are the last words of wisdom Vincent Kavaloski,…

Between the Lines

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” — Alain de Botton In our current world it can be a challenge to navigate and stay positive, and building resilience will…

Shake Rag Alley Hosts NEA Big Read

Together with the Mineral Point Public Library and Mineral Point School District libraries, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites the public to come together during the rescheduled NEA Big Read…

Parables and Ponderings

There are some few precious things that Death cannot destroy     Lies cannot corrupt Violence cannot defeat Suffering cannot overwhelm Money cannot buy There are,  and always have been, and always…

Building Bridges

By Jennifer Moore-Kerr When I first started thinking about this feature it was pre-pandemic time. I envisioned going to third places in the towns of the Voice of the River Valley readership…

Rountree Gallery Show ‘Connects Distances’

Artists from coast to coast are brought together by curator Mary Bergs in a dynamic show titled “Connecting Distances” running through Oct. 24 at the Rountree Gallery, 120 W. Main St., in…

Garden Blitz

In 2019, I wrote about three Japanese maples I planted the fall before the polar vortex. That winter of unrelenting subzero temperatures was hard on Japanese maples, which are not reliably hardy…

Tracking Your Past

While black sheep remain a popular Halloween costume, black sheep ancestor searches are popular at any time. Sometimes genealogists learn of a black sheep ancestor through family stories, or they may stumble…

Where the Land Meets the Sky

I stood atop a hill, rolling countryside all around me, gorging on juicy, sweet edelweiss grapes, feeling the late afternoon sun, and wherever I looked, I saw nothing but metaphors for miles. A…