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Cory Ritterbusch
Works at Badger Hill Farms
Attends National Wildfire Coordination Group
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Rehearsals have been ongoing for a play that I will be in this April. It is called Peace in Union, and celebrates the painting of the same name. Peace in Union depicts the ending of the Civil War with Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Grant 150 years ago this April. 
The City of Galena Illinois owns the famous Thomas Nast painting and the play will be performed 7 times this April at Galena's Turner Hall. The play ends in a tableau of the painting.
I portray General Custer and my usual General, John Corson Smith. My first foray into theater however. 
#galenaillinois   #peaceinunion  
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At your command my General! Knock em dead!
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An historic night for Bob Dylan Friday night. Performances by rocks top acts were planned and were anticipated for months. But who expected a 30 minute speech by Mr. Dylan himself? No one. 

Early in the night it was tweeted that Dylan "looked like he wanted to bite someone." By the end of the night he would. One being Merle Haggard. 

Following the performances Dylan gave a 30 minute speech for the ages. A blend of sincere thank you's to the people who helped Bob along the way, some eloquent descriptions of songs and the times that created them and ripped on the pop-music elements including the songwriters responsible for them. 

He criticized and praised equally. Displayed a fire in his belly still ablaze. His imagery strong. His study of music's past as diligent as ever. His focus intense and his charisma present. 

I am very proud of Bob as he continues to carry the torch for an era that ended two generations ago. Now, he has chosen to make people notice. 

#bobdylan   #musicares  
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Bravo! Allah willing and the creek don't rise :-) 
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Took this shot this past week. Photo shows our town's two Churches and our High School. 
Steeple on right is St. Matthews Catholic Church built 1861, Left steeple is Shullsburg Centenary Methodist Church built 1867, the school on the left built in 1900. All constructed of local limestone. #shullsburg   #limestone  
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+Cory Ritterbusch That's my guy! I did a bunch of reading about him when we moved here. He's probably not happy with the "nunsense" going on at Sinsinawa. God rest his soul.
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Part 17 of the December Series on Holiday Music: 
On this Christmas Day, we hear my Christmas Mass favorite, We Three Kings of Orient Are. A beautiful carol that only professionals should attempt. It is very powerful whenever heard in situ. Here is a version that embodies that spirit. Merry Christmas Everyone!   #christmasmusic   #wethreekings  
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Two weak reeds for singers, a decent organist, but a bad flautist. If it weren't for the 5:00 Low Mass on Sunday, I'd have to find another parish.
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Part 15 of the December Series on Holiday Music:
No series on American music is complete without an entry by Bob Dylan. Luckily, Dylan surprised us in 2009 with the release of Christmas in the Heart. Unlike Dylan to stay true to original recordings, he does on the entirety of this album. My highlight, is his take on Adeste Fideles which we are privileged to hear Dylan sing the first verse in Latin, and with any recent Dylan performance the band is of the highest order.  #christmasmusic #bobdylan
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Really, I think Dylan missed a huge opportunity here. He was one original Christmas composition away from making this a modern day classic. Could you imagine? A great Christmas song written by one of the great songwriters of the era. It would fit amongst these classics. Anyway...
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Part 13 of the December Series on Holiday Music:
Some 'Space Age Bachelor Pad Music' for the holidays. The great Mexican composer of the stereo sound, Juan Esquivel brings us the classic White Christmas. #christmassongs #juanesquivel #whitechristmas
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Another newbie. Thanks, brother.
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Here's an old blog post that talks about today's specialness (Lincoln-Darwin Day). 

#darwinday   #CharlesDarwin   #abrahamlincoln  
Land Stewardship and Ecological Restoration in Northwest Illinois & Southwest Wisconsin
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I was the guest columnist in the Voice of the River Valley magazine this month. I wrote about utilizing native materials in man made landscapes.   #driftlessarea   #nativeplants   #landscapedesign  
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A good read, brother. Sometimes common sense actually makes sense. Why not take advantage of what's readily available, on-hand, and has PROVEN TO WORK, for heaven's sake?
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I live in an old lead and zinc mining town. It was the main industry in town until the last mine closed in 1978. 
Mines like the Rodham Mine, 4 miles North of town, are all over. I run across them frequently but never thought about going scuba diving in them. A few years ago expert divers started doing just that.
Here is a video showing such a dive.  
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Part 16 of the December Series on Holiday Music:
For Christmas Eve, I would  like to invite you to go back in time, and into Grandma and Grandpa Ritterbusch’s house. Where Bing Crosby’s White Christmas spun each Christmas Eve for 2 generations. After unpacking, we would eat and visit with these sounds in the background while anticipating the next day. Certainly not alone with these memories, White Christmas was one of the biggest selling albums of all time.
A classic in every sense, the nostalgia pours over each note here.

#christmassongs   #BingCrosby   #godrestyemerrygentlemen  
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Thanks everyone for listening to Bing Crosby on original 78 records and Happy Holiday's to all.
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Part 14 of the December Series on Holiday Music:
Most are not aware of the huge influence that Germanic culture has had on Christmas.Many Christmas traditions we have today, began in Germany. Holiday songs and carols are no exception. Many were written by Germans. Here, as late as 1960, Nat King Cole sings O Tannenbaum in the German language. Delicately phrased by the great baritone. #christmassongs   #NatKingCole  
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eh its ok 
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Part 12 of the December Series on Holiday Music:
Its December 20th. A hanging anxiety floats as the big day is just five days away. The Blood Harmonies of The Stanley Brothers explain it further in their original composition from 1958, Christmas Time is Near. 
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Classic!
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Education
  • National Wildfire Coordination Group
    Prescription Fire, 1998 - present
  • Crystal Lake South High School
    1991 - 1994
  • Jo Daviess County Leadership Forum
    Leadership, 2010
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Redefining the Rural Midwest
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After avoiding social medias for years, I joined forces with Google in 2011 when they launched Google Plus. I feel it is the superior platform for my needs.  

I am rooted in Quincy IL but grew up in Crystal Lake, IL. In 2002, I retreated to the rural Midwest. Today I split time between Galena, IL and Shullsburg, WI. Mostly, I am a restoration ecologist at my business Prairie Works, Inc., but also dabble into farming, writing and volunteerism. I am married and have two sons, Paul and Mark. 

Lucky to have passion careers, I have many interests and hobbies, which occasionally side track me. Including: Local History (Upper Midwest), canoeing, baseball history, antiques, meat smoking, Midwest travel, folk art, photography, genealogy, historic preservation, German-American culture, bibliophilia, Case/Ingersoll tractors, socializing and minimalism.  I am expert on the music and life of Bob Dylan. I also enjoy roots and pre-1980 music and a few current artists. I don’t support big box stores or chains, don’t watch TV, do some hunting and fishing, display random acts of kindness and I occasionally portray Civil War General John Corson Smith. 

Mainly this page will serve as a cloud based backup for my pictures, which I will keep organized here. My friends and family will be able to view and download as long as they have a gmail address. It will also double as a cyber diary to remind me of when things happened. 
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Restoration Ecologist
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Ecosytems Restoration (Midwest), Rx Fire, Plant Identification, Land Management, Planning, Land History, Historical Research, Etc.
Employment
  • Badger Hill Farms
    Organic Farmer, 2008 - present
    Custom grower
  • Prairie Works, Inc.
    Restoration Ecologist & Rx Fire Specialist, 2006 - present
    www.prairieworksinc.com
  • Pizzo & Associates
    Ecologist, 2001 - 2005
  • Club Colors, Inc.
    1994 - 2001
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Shullsburg, WI
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Crystal Lake, IL - Galena, IL - Paw Paw, IL
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P.O. Box 6623 Galena, IL 61036