Forty-plus years, three homes, and lots of life

Amy and I met in Southern Illinois more than four decades ago and have been together ever since while living in different parts of the nation, seeing a lot of the world, witnessing history and having many adventures.

Congressional shooting hits too close to home

The horrific shooting that put House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise in intensive care and others, including two police officers, in the hospital Wednesday in Alexandria outside of Washington, DC, was — many felt — something that was bound to happen.

It had to come, they said, because of the violent language used too often in legislative debates and because politics fed the growing hate that occupies the hearts and minds of a divisive America.

Losing Chuck Berry to the ages

Rock and roll pioneer and legend Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri, not far from St. Louis. Although I grew up with his music, I saw him in concert during the 1970s while photographing the Mississippi River Festival on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville just across […]

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

Wire service telegraph machines had alarms with loud bells that would clang when a major news story broke. Several of the machines began clanging in the wire machine room in the back of the third floor newsroom of The Roanoke Times and World News on the afternoon of April 4, 1968. An older man with […]

Nightmares of Larry Joe Adams

Two years ago, while undergoing therapy to recover from a motorcycle accident that kept me in a coma for much of November 2012, my occupational therapist asked me about dreams. My response: “What dreams?”  I told her that I was not dreaming. “No dreams? Are you sure?  You should be having some dreams,” she answered. […]