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Gary DeNeal is the editor and publisher since 1985 of Springhouse, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on the history and lore of southeastern Illinois.
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By Gary DeNeal
July 9, 2013 12:01 a.m.

There I was in downtown Harrisburg on one of those rainy days that found me feeling my years and then some, when I ran into a high school classmate from the class of 61. She lifted my mood by saying, “You’ve hardly changed since high school.”
“My goodness,” I said, “we graduated some fifty-two years ago and for you to say what you just did puzzles me to no end. I’ve changed a lot. Just ask my back and left shoulder.”
“I only report what I see,” she said.
I didn’t care if she was lying or not. Her words literally changed the tone of my day. (I had been hearing oboes; suddenly I was hearing clarinets.)
A few words did the trick. Wasn’t that amazing? I would have complimented somebody myself yesterday but likely wouldn’t have been heard anyway, it was raining so hard.
Besides, I needed to get back home.

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