Behind the Scenes

by Job Abraria

Young women leaders in Central Illinois are often over looked. These amazing women have a voice, goals and accomplishments that should be recognized.  The most important attribute of the upcoming women leaders in Peoria area is that recognition is not what they are seeking. Many are simply hoping for nothing more than advancements in their programs, charity work, and career; however a little gratitude and appreciation can make these distinguished driven young ladies more likely to keep giving it their all.     READ MORE

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"Honoring in a Good Way,” Respectful interaction with Native American people and culture

by Adam Danner

When Native American elders took me under their wings years ago, I realized quickly that I needed to scrap my preconceived notions of what Native American people and culture were like.

I’ve told many people over the years -- if they truly want to learn about Native Americans, then they have to get rid of the stereotypes they hold. Because almost always, they don’t come from actual Native American culture. They are non-Indian-created myths and misconceptions. READ MORE

 

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Purse Dog and Other Peoria Anecdotes

by Kerry McCoy

1. Purse Dog

This afternoon I got caught growling and making faces at the ugly, snag-toothed Chihuahua barking and slathering at me from the inside of the car parked next to mine at Kroger. Big guy came out of nowhere and caught me mid-jeer. I started to slink away when the guy laughed and said: "This so-called dog spends most of his life sitting in my... READ MORE

 

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GETTING PERSONAL

by Job Abraria

It is finally time for this writer to put his body where his mouth is and since get healthy season is traditionally right around New Year's Eve experience and discuss the concept of personal trainers. 

Being a competitive athlete makes me picky about who I work with to enhance my own competitive ability.  For this trial, I chose to work with long-time athletic trainer Brian Barlow to work with. READ MORE

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THE PICTURE FRAME

by Tim Johnson

I grew up in a large old house in a small village called Triumph, Illinois. Triumph is nestled in the cornfields on the plains of central Illinois.  Our home was built for the village Doctor around the 1880’s.  It had 16 rooms (8 of which where used as bedrooms.) My dad worked hard on it.  I don’t think it even had air conditioning until it was 100 years old. But... it was home. To me, a home is the picture frame in which most of our life his lived. READ MORE

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