Not Just A Camping Trip

How long has it been since you went camping? I have so many memories about camping. As a child, we camped on the mighty Mississippi River a lot. Dad would load up the boat with cooking ware, tents and coolers on the first trip to the campsite. I was usually the only other passenger on that first boat, brought along to carry the...

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Spring Has Arrived In Thomson

Hello folks, from beautiful, sunny Thomson, Illinois. We’ve seen some strange weather in the past week, with temperatures from 19 to 63 degrees. If you take a ride through town, you know it is spring. I heard that Bears’ drive-in is back open for the summer. That’s a true sign of spring for any Thomsonite. The lumberyard...

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Heirloom Farmers’ Market Comes To Town

Hello folks! It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in Thomson, Illinois. There is excitement in the air in our little town. We are so fortunate to be living in a place where we can embrace our old-school ways and also welcome the latest in technology here. We have it all. Potter’s Campground along the banks of the Mississippi...

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What Makes Us Strong?

Hello from beautiful, sunny Thomson, Illinois. We finally saw a glimpse of spring last week, and it brought the whole town out. Main Street was bustling as citizens and visitors filled the sidewalks, running errands that accumulated over winter. Spring gardening supplies were bought in anticipation of the great Midwest...

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Home Gardens

Ever since I was young, I remember working in our garden. In fact, gardening goes back in my memory for many generations in my family. Grandpa Aub had a huge garden in the hills of Arkansas. I know because I snuck into that garden when playing as a child. Grandpa Charlie grew oranges, lemons, and tomatoes in the middle of the...

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Why Would I Live In Thomson?

“Why would you want to move from the big city back to that little town?” my neighbor asked me. The year was 1998, and for the best part of my 20s and 30s I had followed my dream of getting out of this little town and seeing the world. I wanted all the things a big city had: fine arts, great restaurants, music, an upscale...

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I Can Only Imagine…

Hello from beautiful, sunny Thomson, Illinois! Life is full of changes. The residents of the town of Thomson know all about change. After all, the railroads made this town, bringing goods and services from north and south. From banks to general stores, people moved here to be closer to the comforts of life. Nowadays, the...

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Thomson Prison Talk And Tribute To A Great Local Man

Well folks, here we go again. In a meeting of political minds in Thomson this week, the opening of the Thomson prison was discussed. Right from the mouths of our local heads, we were assured that President Obama was definitely for opening the prison. We were assured that there would be funds in the budget to upgrade the nearly...

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Gearing Up For The Melon Days Fall Festival

I don’t know about you all, but I am getting very excited about Thomson’s Melon Days Fall Festival next month. I am so lucky to be involved with this festival, sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream. Starting at 11am on September 21st at the Heirloom Market & Café in Thomson, Illinois, there...

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Wet Chickens, Growling Dogs, And Angry Women

Hello Thomson, Illinois! Where in the heck did summer go? Last night I put a fan in the window before I went to sleep, and this morning it was a chilly 56 degrees in the house. My wife had stolen all the covers, and the dog tried to bite me when I grabbed the spare blanket she was laying on, so I got up, fed the dog, put on a...

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Keeping a Positive Attitude

Lately I’ve been working on keeping a positive attitude. I have this saying, “Nothing good ever comes from being negative.” What does this have to do with Thomson, Illinois? Let me tell you… Thomson people are survivors. We have been through the mill, and we are staying positive. My friend Bill reminded me about how...

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Vacation Memories

The excitement is building. Everything is falling into place now. The stars are aligning perfectly. The weather forecast looks great for next week, just in time for my vacation. I will be fishing all day every day. The only thing holding me back now is a kitchen without walls or a ceiling, trees to cut, an auction to get ready...

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