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By Gary DeNeal
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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The fallen river left yards of ice on both banks. One false step could have been disastrous.
All around, the sound of breaking ice—a special language. A limb snapped, falling into the moving water, and the watcher standing at the edge of ice felt he was viewing a world in the process of remaking itself.
It was a world rough and raw, elemental, yet elegant, too, in that several of the trees wore necklaces.
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