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Why it’s best young women bear children

For a long time now, I’ve known that God got it right when He decided that young women would be the ones bearing children. That was reinforced last week after a day caring for my three-year-old granddaughter at my house. Her energy all day was at an awesome level. I’d forgotten that ...

February fun

Kendall Young Library is having a ton of awesome programs during the month of February. I just want to make sure you all know about them. I have listed a few below. We also have them listed on all our social media, at the library, and on our website: Do you like board games? How about life ...

Pruning home grapevines

The best time to prune grapevines in Iowa is late winter or early spring. Pruning can start in late February and should end by early April. Grapevines pruned during this time frame may bleed heavily. However, this bleeding of sap will not cause harm the vines. The main reason for pruning ...

An actor’s life is (probably) not for me

Though I have never aspired to be an actor, life has brought along a few such opportunities. Our eighth grade class presented a really stupid (but fun) one-act hillbilly comedy and I enjoyed roles in high school plays. Other opportunities came along outside of school. When I was 16 the ...

That’s ironic

I’ve been spending lots of time at the laptop keyboard recently, most of it doing something productive. But sometimes one needs to take a break and check out what’s out there just waiting for discovery on the world-wide web. I came across one site that had a page on the topic of ...

Icing perch

In some areas of the Midwest, certain fishing seasons are getting ready to close, and in some areas they’ve already closed. The closed season mostly affects walleye and northern pike anglers, and again, that’s only in some states or some areas of some states. However, there will still be ...

Proper time for pruning

There are many important reasons to prune a tree, including pruning for safety, tree health and appearance. It is also important to know the proper time for pruning different types of trees in order to help prevent occurrence of disease. Oak trees: December, January and February are the ...

Is it lunch or dinner? What about supper?

January is National Sunday Supper Month, designated as an opportunity for families to set aside their hectic schedules for a few hours as they spend time together sharing stories about the week just past, looking ahead to the coming week, and maybe just relaxing together around the kitchen ...

Life and lunch with Lyle

My eighth grade class had 10 students and during that year our tiny school district merged with two small nearby districts. The merged high school would commence the next fall. Getting acquainted with new classmates didn’t concern me much ̶ I had already attended four different schools ...

1000 books before kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a library program that gets your child excited about reading and learning from a young age. It was created by The 1000 Books Foundation which operates exclusively for charitable, literary, and educational purposes. Their objectives are to promote reading to ...

My favorite “vegetable”

The other day I was surfing the great wide web. Normally my Google searches focus around shopping centers and the fast track to my Netflix account, but I decided to switch things up and do some light research on one of my favorite food groups: Chocolate. According to the National ...

Plan a rain garden

A rain garden can be created in a slightly depressed area in your lawn where water collects. With the recent warm up and melting snow, now is the time to examine your yard for low spots of standing water. This can help to determine a good location for installing a rain garden this spring ...

Halftime for ice-fishing

If the ice-fishing season was like a football or basketball game, we would be at about halftime. We’ve had a good amount of ice-fishing so far, but there’s still a lot of outstanding ice-fishing opportunities to come. In fact, many avid ice-anglers will suggest that the best is yet to ...

Memories of hobbies

Maybe you didn’t know that January is Hobby Month, but I find that it is, and I have to say that this is a likely time of year to honor such a month. Especially if it’s an indoor hobby. With ugly, mean, harsh weather happening regularly lately, I have been inside without human company ...

When large volumes of ice cream are considered healthy

Every once in a while you find a book you can’t put down. Even though your eyes itch and you’re dog tired, you stay up another hour just to read a few more chapters. I found such a book. “Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody” by Charles Panati is not new ̶ ...

Stop and smell the flowers

As we trudge through this cold weather and slushy snow season, I want to take a moment to remind residents of some of the fun, upcoming events coming to Webster City. • ACE Community Center and Southfield Wellness Center are sponsoring a special showing of ‘Ferdinand’. ...

For the birds

With the extremely cold temperatures we have recently experienced, keeping bird feeders full and providing a winter water source is important to keep birds flocking to your yard. Providing shelter for our outdoor feathered friends is another major consideration to entice birds to visit your ...

Looking ahead

I haven’t been able to do as much ice-fishing as I would like so far this year. Between Holidays, hazardous travel and such, I’ve just been home-bound more than usual. When that happens, I start thinking, and when I think about fishing, I think of places I’ve been and places that I ...

Back to band

It turns out I was right. I can still play my school song without music, even after fifty years. Some things just don’t leave your brain. Especially since during my years in high school band I am sure I played that song at least a thousand times at football games, in the band room, at ...

Going to the movies

The big news in our community right now is a new IMAX Theater. Ground was broken in Waukee late last month for a 15-screen movie theater that will include an 85-foot-wide IMAX screen which, it is claimed, will be the largest movie screen in Iowa. This definitely will not be your ...