Ted Kappes

Ted Kappes
Tolono, Illinois,
January 23
I have lived in rural downstate Illinois for most of my life. And that life has gotten long enough that I can remember clearly things that happened forty years ago. To me that seems like a long time to remember things. I enjoy the parts of history that tell how people have lived their day to day lives. I don't care much for the parts where leaders that have come to seem more like gangsters have gotten people worked up to do their killing for them. Anyway I have had the notion that doing some writing might be good for my mind.


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AUGUST 20, 2010 12:54PM

Do we all need to have an opinion?

I listened a little to one of the local talk radio shows this morning.  The main topic of discussion was on the Ground Zero Mosque.  That discussion got me to wondering why some people seem to be so passionate about an issue where their opinion is unlikely to have any

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My grandmother often told a story of how once when her town was flooded that my uncle Ted was criticised for being out on his boat and acting like he was having fun.  In answer he said, "Well it is here I might as well enjoy it".  When I first heard… Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2010 10:40AM


"The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service."

--  Albert Einstein

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APRIL 19, 2010 7:01PM



Here is what rhubarb looks like when it is about to flower.  If it was being cut and used it would normally not flower this early.  Still rhubarb is abundant this year.  I can't say much about rhubarb other than it makes a decent pie.  It is almost a… Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2010 11:37AM

Maybe Leadership Doesn't Matter

I was reading an about an interview with one of the leaders of the Mexican Drug Cartel.  I wasn't surprised to hear that he said if he was taken out that it wouldn't make any difference because there are plenty of people to take his place.  As long as there is… Read full post »

MARCH 24, 2010 11:52AM

Hard Roads

hard road

The lighter side of the road in the photo is one of the few parts left of what was one of the original hard surfaced roads in rural Champaign County. The road was built in the 1920’s as part of a project to connect all of the towns in… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2010 7:53PM

Don't count on a farmer to save you

I haven't posted for a while being more involved in some photo projects, however while walking today I thought of at least a few things to post about.

A while back I developed a fascination with the collapse of societies.  I imagine that was a result of wondering how much at… Read full post »

JANUARY 4, 2010 11:21AM

Corn Sheller

Corn Sheller

The picture is of a machine that is used to shell a single ear of corn.  The ear of corn goes to the opening on the top.  Then you turn the wheel on the side.  The corn comes out at the bottom and the corn cob comes out through… Read full post »

DECEMBER 31, 2009 8:03PM

Blue Moon

Blue Moon

Here is my view of our New Year's Eve Blue Moon over Central Illinois.  I hope that everyone who visits will have a wonderful new year.  Welcome to another decade. Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2009 11:15AM

Time taken up with pictures

I have been spending the time I might have spent blogging lately working on pictures. I found a bunch of old photos that I hadn't been through in a long time.  So far I have just been picking out some of the most interesting ones and scanning them.

Mother cat and kittens

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DECEMBER 7, 2009 10:25AM

Makes Lazy Livers Lively

If we still had some of these medicines we might not need to be concerned about health care reform.

An ad from 1918.

lazy liver

Happy Relief For Young Men

Classified ads from 1875

Obstacles To Marriage

Happy Relief for Young Men from the effects of Errors and Abuses In… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2009 4:50PM

Grain Elevator

Grain Elevator

In most of the rural Midwest a grain elevator like the one in the picture are the tallest thing around.  When the railroads first came to this area their main purpose was to ship agricultural products. Stations were established about every six miles on the new railroads.  The six… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 24, 2009 3:26PM

Christmas Lights and Thanksgiving

Christmas Lights

I used the time that I was going to make a post yesterday to put up some Christmas lights.  I think I do this mostly in hopes that there will be snow and I can enjoy the reflections of the lights on the snow.  I suppose another reason is… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2009 9:06PM

Vanishing Places

Tile Factory

I have started several posts this week, however none have been completed to my satisfaction.  I have been searching for images to go with one of the posts.  In that search I found one image that relates to my post earlier in the week about the importance of drainage… Read full post »

Rain delays harvest

I took this picture to show how wet it is here again.  After a two week break from the rain it has rained most of the day.  Even more rain is forecast for tomorrow.  I imagine it will be some time before farmers in Central Illinois will be able… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2009 12:43PM

Changes in Farming and Harvest Update


Most of the fields are starting to look like the one in the picture.  I would guess that here in Central Illinois that almost all the soybeans have been harvested along with 70 percent of the corn. The weather has been dry for the past two weeks.  If it… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2009 12:16PM

Thank a Conscientious Objector

They do perform a service to their country even though their efforts are often belittled.  And such a belief might serve every country well if it were widely followed.  I imagine that many would think it naive or worse to think that such a thing could ever happen.  Still there

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NOVEMBER 10, 2009 3:48PM

He Named His Son After Adolf Hitler

Where I grew up there was a couple who gave their first son the first name of Adolf and the middle-name Hitler.  The father had been in the German army in WWI and came to Illinois after the war.  During the war he served with Hitler and must have admired

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NOVEMBER 8, 2009 8:32PM

I learned what I needed to in 8 days


I set out a week ago to make a post each day for the month of November.  After just 8 days I have decided that it is a pointless exercise.  I think that the main motive for setting such a goal was that after not having posted for several… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2009 4:27PM

Harvest in Central Illinois

Corn Harvest

More than likely you are not aware of the news of the late harvest in Central Illinois.  In October it rained 21 days out of 30 keeping the farmers out of the fields most of the time.  Usually the harvest is mostly complete by early October.  This year it… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 6, 2009 3:29PM

Walking Onions

walking onion

The unusual thing about these onions is that they form little onion bulbs at the top of their growth.  They also are perennial and very easy to grow.  All you have to do is to get some of the bulbs and plant them like you would an onion set. … Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2009 9:04PM

Thinking in Pictures

I heard someone mention on the radio today that he heard a doctor speak who was born autistic, however because of the efforts of her parents she is able to do well in the regular world.  She said that she did her initial thinking in pictures and had to learn

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NOVEMBER 4, 2009 9:37PM

Stuck in Halloween Mode

At least I seem to be stuck for material to make my goal of posting each day this month of November.  So I figure I will get one last Halloween story out of my head and maybe that will clear my mind for writing something different. 

As far as

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NOVEMBER 3, 2009 5:49PM

Barn vs Machine Shed

I needed an idea for a post today so I decided to do another farm topic.  Maybe I can at least help those of you who are in the Midwest understand better some of the buildings you see when you pass through the country.


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NOVEMBER 2, 2009 7:56PM

The Man Who Prayed People Dead

From what I can remember Billy was a member of a family that didn’t farm, but who owned land that they rented.  Billy had an income from the rents and lived in a house in Urbana.  To occupy his time he walked long distances collecting junk that he stored in

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