Aug 142018
 

The name Hershey is known the world over, and Hershey candies have delighted young and old alike across America and around the globe for over a century. But you may be surprised to learn about the man who founded the giant company that bears his name. Milton Hershey was born September 13, 1857 on a […]

Apr 092018
 

On a visit to the Miami County Museum in Peru, Indiana I spotted an oversize pair of bib overalls hanging on the wall and learned about the man who wore them, a gentle giant named Robert Wadlow. Born in Alton, Illinois on February 22, 1918, Robert Pershing Wadlow was the first child of Addie and […]

A Love Story

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 142017
 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovers out there, and especially to Miss Terry, the love of my life. Terry, everything I am and everything I ever hope to be is because of you. I love you with all of my being. As I held you when I went to sleep last night I […]

Feb 052017
 

Note: This story was in the July-August 2005 issue of the Gypsy Journal. In the tiny community of Centreville, Mississippi, just a few miles north of the Louisiana state line, we came across a mystery that dates back to the days of the Great Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Embedded in the […]

Awesome Arcola

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 012016
 

Note: This story first appeared in the September-October, 2008 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Located just off Interstate 57 in central Illinois, the charming and friendly community of Arcola was one of those rare gems we love to discover. A place where hippies, rag dolls, and Amish buggies are all part of the landscape The […]

Mar 042014
 

Occasionally when I have nothing new to share with you, I will recycle an old story from a previous issue of the Gypsy Journal to give you an idea of some of the interesting things we have seen in our travels. This article was first published in our July-August, 2007 issue. Before the advent of […]

A Love Story

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 142013
 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you lovers out there, and especially to Miss Terry, the love of my life. My darling, everything I am and everything I ever hope to be is because of you. I love you with all of my being. A couple of readers have asked me to share a love […]

In Praise Of Naps

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 162011
 

Naps. I hated them when I was a kid, but as I get older, I have come to love naps. I love them on gray, rainy days, and I love them on bright sunny days. Give me my couch, a couple of comfy throw pillows, and a light comforter if it’s a chilly day, and […]

We Dodged A Bullet

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 182011
 

Well, the good news is that Greg White is back from whatever dark place he went to, and finally relented to take me to Dairy Queen last night. Life is back to normal.Or as normal as it ever gets when the two of us are in the same zip code. 🙂 We spent some time […]

Bad News Sells

 Posted by at 7:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 022009
 

Well, did your computer crash from the Conficker worm April Fool’s virus yesterday? Obviously not, because you’re reading this. But dire predictions filled the news for the last few days of March about how bad it was going to mess up our computers. It makes me wonder how real the threat was, and how inflated […]