The Cicadas and I

If you’ve been outdoors, I’m sure you have encountered the cicadas by now. I thought my neighborhood had been spared the worst, but yesterday proved me wrong. There was explosion of cicadas. Apparently, this particular brood of cicadas occurs every 17 years. The funny thing is, I don’t remember them 17 years ago. I think […]

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Decatur Needs More Housing Options

Another busy weekend, running around with my head cut off, and I think I’ve finally come to the realization that I need to downsize. Trying to take care of the house inside and out, paying high property taxes, and knowing I couldn’t afford any major repairs when needed, has convinced me that I need to […]

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Rock Springs/Scovill Park West Bike Trail

It looks like a new segment of the Rock Springs bike trail will be constructed soon, linking Rock Springs with Scovill Park West, known as the former Scovill Golf Course. A state grant recently funded repaving the former golf cart paths. It’s a beautiful place to walk or ride a bike, though you may have […]

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Garbage, Downtown Hotel, & Demos

There are trigger words in Decatur that cause blood pressure to rise, knives to be drawn, and blood to be spilled. “Garbage.” “Waste Management.” “Yard Waste Removal.” Say any of those words, and you’ll be in for an earful. I’ve written about it before, but garbage service in Decatur is handled about as well as […]

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Site Changes

The Decatur Navigator has been online since 2008, and that’s a long time in the online world. The main purpose of the blog has always been my love for writing and Decatur. It’s never been about making money or impressing anyone. It’s just been a place for me to do what I do best, or […]

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Some Blasts from the Past!

Nip and Tuck are back! Although I didn’t know they had names way back when, the two concrete porpoises that once graced the former Landmark Mall in downtown Decatur have been restored. They had been out of public view for decades, apparently stored behind a park district shed, after being removed from downtown. The sculptures […]

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A Christmas to Remember

This Christmas marks the third Christmas that I’ve been divorced, and I’ve learned that nothing reminds me of being divorced more than putting up the Christmas tree.  Now, hanging ornaments that were collected over 26 years marriage is about as fun as hanging a collection of dead squirrels.   “Oh, here’s the ornament my sister-in-law made […]

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The Mall

Yesterday, I walked inside Hickory Point Mall, better known simply as, “the mall.” I had intended to only shop at Hobby Lobby and then skip over to TJ Maxx, but I was curious to how the actual mall of the mall was doing. It’s not doing good.   I don’t even remember the last time I […]

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If You Want To Be Involved, Then Show Up

I’ve been writing this blog since 2008, at times being more politically involved in the community, and so far nothing I’ve witnessed has ever riled up the public more than garbage rates and garbage service.  Way back when, there didn’t use to be a time limit on public comments at the city council meetings, so […]

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This week, marks my 5-year anniversary at DMH.  Honestly, when I started, I didn’t think I’d last 5 months, heck, 5 days, in the beginning!  I won’t get into all the details, but my department has had its ups and downs.  It’s been rough at times.  Most people don’t last long.   Sterile processing definitely was […]

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