Archive for History

  • Just Saying... Just Saying…

    By Q.C. Jones My dad was a Hopeless Romantic My dad was a hopeless romantic, and my mother was the focus of his attention. Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my life. Let me elaborate. Their courtship ended in a midweek Valentine’s Day wedding on a snowy day back in 1951. In spite of the...

  • On the Road Again! On the Road Again!

    By Mary Schricker Gemberling “Travel is the only thing we buy that makes us richer.”    There’s always a feeling of euphoria that wells up in me as we drive down the lane heading for our ‘winter hiatus.”  With our bikes bringing up the rear and the car packed with beach towels, flip...

  • Dance Memories & Valentine’s Steak Dance Memories & Valentine’s Steak

    By John & Joan Maxwell Cinnamon Ridge Farms Living in the country could be very isolating, and our many chores to do didn’t leave much time for visiting. My parents combated this by going dancing three times a week. They would go to the Col Ballroom in Davenport, Club Mocan in Moline, and Fa...

  • Mardi Gras – February 13 Mardi Gras – February 13

    By Eloise Graham What is Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras is synonymous with Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday.” Mardi Gras has become known to be more than just one day. It refers to the events of the Carnival celebrations beginning on or after the Christian feasts ...

  • Max’s Musings Max’s Musings

    By Max Molleston Late last year I was working through what I generally do, poetry by certain poets. I exclaimed “recognition for most poets finally arrives.” If we readers and listeners understand words in lines and a pleasant speaking style, that’s a plus. A ‘lousy’ poem spoken in such ...

  • Just Saying... Just Saying…

    By Q.C. Jones Unfocused Thought and the New Year Random and innocent comments sometimes spur deep thought; allow me a story. Last month I went to see an obscure but talented young band of musicians from Jackson, Tennessee.  While generally the banter between songs at these performances trends tow...

  • January Flowers, Gems and Dates January Flowers, Gems and Dates

    By Eloise Graham The traditional flower for January is the carnation. The history of this botanical wonder dates back more than 2,000 years; it’s not surprising that carnations are rich with symbolism, mythology and even debate. While some scholars suggest that their name comes from the word ...

  • Donna’s Kitchen Donna’s Kitchen

    Retro Recipes! Before Ella’s Kitchen, it was Donna’s Kitchen (Donna was the wife of Russ Myers, the founder of 50+ Lifestyles.) Each month featured recipes were submitted by the reader’s of 50+ Lifestyles. Here are some recipes from the early years. Please enjoy them!                ...