Me: Dad! Name this picture
Dad: *thinks for a moment* friendly!
Me: ... ok
Dad: I don’t know. She looks friendly!
1 407 August, 2019
A Dixon man has been charged with making a terrorist threat for threatening to shoot up a local McDonald’s.
According to the criminal complaint, Ray Allen, 53, was arrested Monday, August 5th at the McDonald’s at 207 N. Galena Avenue after he said, “Remember El Paso? What if I brought a gun in here and shot up everyone like El Paso?” Allen was - read more on mystateline.com
Besides being famous for being the hometown of President Ronald Reagan, my #hometown of #Dixon , Illinois, went viral a few years ago because the Christian Science Church looks like a penis. You can’t tell from the street, and I took pics this weekend to show why. There’s no way #architects didn’t know what they were doing. It’s across the street from the post office, and the best pizza place in town is on the other side of that parking lot on the right. -
A rainy day reflection of my favorite building in my hometown ❤️ 🌧 361/365
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Nothing says fall like exploring the incredible parks in the Land of Lincoln. We love this shot of Lowell Park in Dixon taken by @julesnus88. What do you love most about autumn in Illinois? Share with us by tagging #EnjoyIllinois
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It was a seriously epic sunset last night over Dixon, Illinois.
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Did you grow up in a big city or a small town or somewhere in between? .
I grew up in a smallish town. Dixon Illinois. Hometown of President Ronald Reagan. This arch is a war memorial over the Galena Avenue (which we “cruised” every weekend because there wasn’t much else to do but drive around.)
We had a McDonald’s and a Dairy Queen but not much else. I had big city dreams but the older I got the more I found my heart loved the cornfields that surrounded my house and the river that ran behind it. I liked knowing people and the sense of community... it was in my bones. And I suppose that’s why I write small town fiction. Revisiting those feelings every time I write a book, that sense of nostalgia instantly wraps me up and makes me feel at home. .
Someone asked me once if I’d ever set a story in a big city and I’m not sure I will. As much as I love NYC and loved my time there, it didn’t end up feeling like home to me. And I want my stories to feel like home. .
So how about you? Small town or big city? .
Image shared by my friend @maryoros who is a councilwoman in my sweet hometown. ♥️ photo by @ryanmillerlane
It’s New Release Tuesday, which means we all have the same question on our minds: Do I REALLY need another book? 📖✨ Let us share a little life hack with you... the answer is always “yes!” 🥰 After all, who can resist that bookstore smell, or the anticipation of discovering a portal into a new world? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s especially hard to resist those magical portals when they’re waving their pages at you from shelves as gorgeous as these! 🌈 Say hello to Books on First, the premier bookseller and coffeehouse of Sauk Valley. Situated in the heart of downtown Dixon, Illinois, their shop promises delights that range from personal book recommendations and delicious coffee to handcrafted gifts and great local art. Books on First isn’t too far from Chicago, Rockford, and the Quad Cities—be sure to visit when you’re in the area!
Photo courtesy of @bookson1st