By Timothy Collins
June 19, 2016: Preparing for Solstice
The last evening of Spring: The Earth and Sun are approaching a balance of zenith. Read more.
Poppies: A Memorial Day Tribute
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row...
Memorial Day is cherished across rural America. Read more.
Spring Sampler: West Central Illinois - A Photo Essay
Traveling along the backroads of West Central Illinois in McDonough and Fulton counties reveals treasures of light and shadow and splashes of color. April, 2016, in among days of gray and rain, offered some times of rich and unforgettable beauty.
A golden sunset bathes the Spoon River Valley on Helle Road in Fulton County, IL.
Barber's Brown Hill Cemetery Book Makes Positive Waves
Sam Barber’s recent book, A Journey to Purchasing and Naming The Brown Hill Cemetery, has made positive waves in Greenville, NC, since its publication in 2015. Read more.
Maple Syrup Time in Illinois
Eric Moe of Macomb, IL, pours sap from sugar maple trees at Argyle Lake State Park into a steaming tray of cooking syrup. The park, in McDonough County, IL, held its annual Maple Syrup Festival March 5, 2016. Read more.
A picture is worth a thousand words
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Photo by Sam Barber, December 2015
New: Theodore Roosevelt's Country Life Commission
Theodore Roosevelt's Country Life Commission of 1908-1909 is a landmark to remember. It energized thousands of people to work on improving rural life and developing rural communities. Its impacts are still visible today. Read More
There is no other way to say this. Poverty figures for the United States are horrendous.
Child poverty figures are an outrage. Read More
When a day begins with a fog
Mt. Airy, NC—One of my friends used to say that every good day in the Appalachians begins in a fog. For some of us, at least, this statement is a creed.... Read More
Banner, IL—Our Prairie Land Conservancy had a Banner Day in Banner, IL, on June 28.We shared the joy of dedicating our new 535-acre Prairie Hills Wetland Reserve.... Read More
History and friendships matter
Greenville, NC—History matters. Friendships matter.
That's how I found myself in Greenville, NC, on June 20 and 21 to celebrate the dedication of a book by my friend, Sam Barber, called Journey to the Purchase and Naming of Brown Hill Cemetery.... Read More
The Loom is now Fruitless
When you hear about a state cutting a deal with a firm to create jobs, take it with a grain of salt. In fact, take it with lots of salt.... Read More
We just had to let him fly
... With some sense of vulnerability, I admit to encouraging my son, Daniel, to leave our small town to attend the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora for high school. Now that he has graduated, I again encourage him—even more enthusiastically—to head off to Boston for college in the fall.... Read More
Son Daniel with IMSA President Jose Torres
And So It Begins
The idea for Then and Now Media has been rambling around in the cellular world of my brain for several years. It took some time to translate the idea into the digital reality of the ether world, whatever, or wherever, that is. Read More