March 29th is "National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day"—a day to honor all small business owners. Small businesses account for 99.7% of all businesses in the United States and 49% of all private sector jobs, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small business owners invest a lot of time,...

Enjoying colors

Gracie and I took a short drive through the southern parts of DeKalb County. We were looking for fall colors. It was a bit early but the trip was enjoyable -- especially with those apple cider cinnamon donuts.
National Hemp Day is celebrated on February 4th (unlike national marijuana day celebrated 04/20 - April 20). Hemp is the fiber and seed part of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, opposed to the flower part of the plant which is legally considered marijuana. Hemp is a hearty plant and...
Does the New Year mean a new you — or another failed New Year's resolution? Probably the latter for many of us. Psychologists suggest it is very unrealistic to expect that the flip of a calendar is enough to motivate us to rid our minds and bodies of all our bad...
Chad Pepper is visiting from Georgia and shared these photographs he took this morning at NIU. Enjoy!
According to a recent study, Illinois was named the cheapest U.S. state to buy a 24-pack of beer in 2018. The study used the average cost for a 24-pack of Bud Light and Miller Lite in each state to organize the rankings. The study says it costs $15.20 for...
Taking orders now: Be among the first to have one! I “love” DeKalb license plate holders – available for $15 through the Glidden Homestead & Historical Center. Order yours today by emailing the Glidden Homestead (gliddenhomestead@juno.com) – then send a check for the appropriate amount to the Glidden Homestead,...
According to the PNC Christmas Price Index (CPI), the cost of lavishing your true love with over-the-top presents for 12-straight days has gone up this year, due to a gaggle of reasons. For the past 35 years, PNC has figured out the dollar amount required to purchase all of the...
National Margarita Day is observed annually on February 22nd. Friday is a special Margarita Day and it's an all-day party for America’s most common tequila-based cocktail. DeKalb County area bars and restaurants will be celebrating the spirited made-up holiday with discounted drinks. Some salt-rimmed specials are available frozen and others on the rocks. Known to...
These are all events in DeKalb County, IL over the next few weeks. Maybe this is why Santa has such a jolly, round belly: Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, December 1, 2018 - DeKalb, IL Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Hinckley, IL Spaghetti with Santa -...
In a year of astronomical anomalies, we will experience another one tonight when the first day of Spring begins with an extra-bright full moon, or "supermoon." According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, this event only happens three times a century, on average. It will also be the third and final...

Can you doodl?

I installed a new gadget widget on the site that ought to be fun. It's called dooodl. You can make your own signs or your own button ads with it. And it automatically appears on this site with a link to where ever you want clickers to go (if...