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Bringing a pet inside

January 20, 2014 I grew up on a farm in a time when most farms had a variety of animals. Farmers often kept some cattle, a few pigs, maybe some chickens and milk cows. Some farmers had turkey. more »»

Banishing resolutions, setting goals

January 17, 2014 So, how goes those New Year resolutions? At the dawn of a new year, while many are making their annual resolutions, I’m thinking about how much I dislike the whole concept of resolutions. more »»

A literary legacy

January 17, 2014 The gift left by Kendall Young at his passing in 1896 did more than establish a free public library in Webster City; it also started a literary and artistic legacy in the town that has continued to... more »»

Saturday night eater

January 15, 2014 Jam of the Week: “When You Sleep” by My Bloody Valentine The joy of cooking is a joy that many people in my life know wel. more »»

Resolve to build pride in community

January 15, 2014 The feeling of pride occurs when we look at something, someone or an event reflecting on it with a great sense of personal satisfaction and comfort. more »»

The rest of the story

January 14, 2014 Last week, I told you why I hate cold weather. On Dec. more »»

Staying warm while trying to be cool

January 13, 2014 When it’s 30 degrees outside you might see me running from the car into the supermarket in a light jacket. I don’t like wearing bulky winter coats. Never have. more »»

Bundled up and burning

January 13, 2014 Occasionally during the winter—especially a bitter one like we’ve been experiencing these days—I remember the story someone told me about what he remembered happened to him one bitter cold day at... more »»

The reversal of an unpopular idea

January 10, 2014 I'm not what you would call a regular attendee at the Iowa State Fair. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've spent the day at the fair in the past 15 years. more »»

Supports medical cannabis in Iowa

January 10, 2014 To the Editor: In 2010, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy unanimously recommended the legislature consider legalizing cannabis for medical use. more »»

Welcoming 2014 with a good joke

January 7, 2014 Story: A man took his new hunting dog on a trial hunt. Presently, he shot a duck that fell into the lake. more »»

New Year’s Resolutions

January 6, 2014 New Year’s resolutions are tough. I’ve tried to make them over the years but have never succeeded. more »»

Memories in the storeroom

January 6, 2014 When this house was put up six years ago, one of the features I wanted to be included was a storeroom. more »»

Help for a new you in the New Year

January 3, 2014 When the clock struck midnight and ushered in the New Year, were you one of many making a New Year’s Resolution or two? Don’t abandon it by the end of the month; stop by the library and pick up a... more »»

Rabbit hunting weather

December 31, 2013 Well, it really wasn't the first snowfall of autumn. more »»

What, no pony?

December 30, 2013 On occasion I have been called a Pollyanna. You remember Pollyanna, don’t you? She was the happy little girl in Eleanor Porter’s novel of the same name who found good in everything. more »»

A seriously happy pursuit

December 30, 2013 One of the gifts I received this Christmas is a book titled The Happiness Project. It’s a one-sentence journal meant to be kept for five years. more »»

The best kinds of Christmas gifts

December 27, 2013 Tomorrow, we're dismantling our Christmas tree. We're boxing up the ornaments and winding up the lights and garland. more »»

Could I be an anachronism?

December 23, 2013 It should be no surprise that I love words, especially unusual words. Years ago I came across the word “anachronism.” I was not familiar with the term. more »»

The gift you most remember giving

December 23, 2013 I’d have to say that the best time to give your children Christmas presents is when they’re little, as their wants are simple, the toys are easy to understand, and they’re happy with almost anythin... more »»

 
 

 

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