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CHBlog, my longest-running blog has been published live on the internet since August 2007. It is a vast library that includes some published articles about the State of Illinois'proposal to build a new and arguably unneeded airport near Peotone, a small town 40 miles south of Chicago.

While this topic will remain a favorite subject, CHBlog has broadened its focus to include stories about current events, political debate, as well as popular culture. 

CHBlog has enjoyed hundreds of visitors who have made more than 1500 comments. Some of those comments have been quite flattering, as evidenced in the following actual remarks:

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    CHMusings is one of my more recent projects.

    While the content of CHMusings is of the same high quality as postings in CHBlog, these musings are of a more personal nature, reflecting hearth and home.

    Some of the posts are commentaries; others are first-person accounts, such as the day I met the late Andy Williams, who I have admired since I was just 12 years old. It was indeed the thrill of a lifetime.

    • I also like to highlight my journey as I become a quilter, such as this story about my latest project that I call "Periwinkle Blue."
    • The pages of CHMusings are often filled with photographs, such as a recent post about the flowers blooming in August. In fact, I took one of those photos--of deep red trailing geraniums--to use in this website. The background picture visible here, is one from that blog post.
    I enjoy posting pictures of the wildlife I encounter at Fawn in my backyardour little home in the Ozarks' woods. My blog posts often contain photos of flowers, or animals, including my five cats or even some of the wildlife I encounter, such as this young fawn I found one morning resting in the backyard.

    I've begun a new feature in CHMusings called Practicing what I preach," which includes my own personal effort to live a healthier, simpler, more frugal lifestyle. If you have some tips you would like to share, please feel free to stop by and make a comment or email me about a guest post.

    CH on Track  

    Ryan Newman #39CHonTrack represents my weekend passion for auto racing.
    This blog is all about NASCAR, one of my favorite Sunday afternoon and sometimes Saturday night activities during the better part of the year.

    I have been a proud Ryan Newman fan for many years. He is often the inspiration behind the posts in this blog.

    I love to write about Newman. I've recently joined his fan club and like nothing better than to communicate with like-minded racing fans. Newman isn't the most popular NASCAR driver. In fact, one of the things I like most about him is that he isn't one of the good ole boys. Rather he is smart, witty, and is seems to be good at just about everything he does. He reminds me very much of my son, Chris, who was the first person to introduce me to racing.

    Newman He and his wife Chrissy are also avid animal lovers. They have started the Ryan Newman Foundation, which is all about the animals. It is a cause I believe in as well, as the guardian of five cats and a rescued dog.

    While I am often frustrated with NASCAR, as a sanctioning body because of what I consider arbitrary rules and unfair treatment for certain drivers. Admittedly, I use this blog to vent at times.

    If you enjoy NASCAR at any level, free free to visit my blog. Comment on what you see, whether you agree or not, I'd love to hear from you.

    CH Quilts 

    CHQuilts, my newest blog, combines my love of writing with my love of quilting, a passion that began more than 15 years ago. I am forever learning and sharing new things about this historic, artistic, and practical pastime.

    While this may be my newest project, it is likely to be the most active one, the one in which I will post most often.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my quilting journey so far and have already made many friends in the quilting community.

    I will always love hand-quilting, but lately I have begun to practice more free-motion quilting. Stop by CHQuilts, follow the RSS feed or subscribe by email so you don't miss a single post. And by all means make comments and participate in discussions.