A great Father’s Day column…by my Mom.


Margaret “Peg” Sloan

My mother, Peg Sloan, was a writer and editor for our hometown Kankakee (Illinois) Daily Journal from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. She published her first column in 1977, on the trials and tribulations of being a redhead. She went on to write nearly 700 more on subjects as varied as family, human nature, Irishness, the passage of time, and the memories of a big-city girl who married into an Illinois farm family. She won multiple awards for her writing and editing–from the Associated Press, United Press International and the National Press Women’s Association–and developed a large and loyal readership along the way.

Here’s one of my mother’s most popular columns, re-run this Father’s Day by the Daily Journal. It was written in 1979 about Mom’s father, my grandfather James Dalton, the year before he died. Grandpa was the quintessential Irishman: an accomplished musician, great dancer, master storyteller and a kind, gentle man. The column still gets to me, and with Mom now the same age Grandpa was back when she wrote it, I thought I’d share it with you.

P.S Peg Sloan is still alive and kicking. She lives in Wheaton, IL, with my father, Barney Sloan (and Happy Father’s Day, Pally Boy!). They’ve been married 68 years…

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