Main Street

Green thumbs The Rockford Garden Club had its plant sale last Saturday. It was a cool, rainy morning, and early, too. It started at 9:00 a.m., with the line outside the Rotary Pavilion forming before that. I only had time for one cup of coffee before I went. I was astonished at the number of […]

Main Street – May 14, 2009

Fixing the glitch     We are a capitalist country. If a family opens a little shop and invests all their money in it, hoping to make a living, what happens if it fails?  The owners go broke and out of business, right?  That’s the way it’s always been, and still is, around here. A […]

Main Street—May 7, 2009

Don’t blame the pigs Apparently it was the pork chop producers lobby that got the name “swine flu” changed to “H1N1 flu.”  I’m glad.  I had flu myself last winter and I never kissed a pig. Anyway, pigs never had this particular strain of influenza. These intelligent animals got the bad rap because it’s related […]

Main Street, April 30, 2009

What’s for Breakfast? In the “old” days, breakfast was a lot of pork and bread and potatos and eggs.  Maybe even pie!  I was facinated by the long shelves of cereal at the store.  Our local D&W has about 100′ of shelving, six shelves high, devoted to cold cereal.  That’s 600 feet!  The internet lists […]

Main Street-April 23, 2009

Barbary Pirates For almost 1,000 years years, until the early nineteenth century, Islamic pirates from North Africa raided shipping vessels in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. They also destroyed villages and towns along the coasts, making some of them nearly uninhabitable. They took prisoners and sold many of them into slavery. Some accounts claim […]