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Remembering a dedicated bus driver

April 7, 2014 Last week I went to the funeral visitation for a school bus drive. more »»

The waiting game begins

April 4, 2014 I had a call from my little granddaughter, Ariel, earlier this week. She wanted to tell me that her new baby brother would be coming in a few day. more »»

House has active week of debate

April 4, 2014 As session is drawing towards a close, we have remained very active this week debating bills on the House floor and working with colleagues from the Senate on bills as they make their way back and... more »»

A squirrel banquet

April 1, 2014 A squirrel banquet If you're a fan of cowboy hats, old pickup trucks, flannel shirts, enormous deer racks, big fish and cathead biscuits with sawmill gravy, then you're going to like the subject... more »»

Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth

March 31, 2014 When my wife and I moved to the city from rural Iowa 14 years ago one of the biggest changes we experienced was church music. more »»

Past reminders and modern highways

March 31, 2014 So I spent my spring break doing a lot of driving and a lot of visiting, headed north in spite of the fact that I rarely hear of anyone going that direction for spring brea. more »»

Celebrating the art of poetry

March 28, 2014 April has the special designation of being National Poetry Mont. more »»

Springtime at the Chamber

March 28, 2014 During that cold snap called winter, we’ve been busy planning. more »»

Remember this?

March 25, 2014 Every old farmhouse had one. Every country elevator had one. The now-gone country stores and gas stations had one on the back room table. more »»

Leave your libido at home

March 24, 2014 University of Iowa President Sally Mason created brouhaha a few weeks ago with her remark on sexual assaults on the campus. more »»

Opportunities missed

March 24, 2014 Sometimes we suffer missed opportunities that become especially clear when viewed in hindsight. Then again, maybe hindsight is the only way to see a missed opportunit. more »»

REAP — the perfect program

March 18, 2014 Twenty-five years ago, in a bi-partisan celebration of what is best about living in Iowa, the Legislature created and Gov. more »»

Where were you when?

March 17, 2014 On an anniversary of a significant historical event, people often ask, “Where were you when…” There are events in our lives that leave a lasting memory. more »»

Wearing shorts in wintertime

March 17, 2014 I wonder who decided it is acceptable to wear shorts in the winter time. more »»

A little escape artist

March 14, 2014 My two dogs have very distinct personalities which get them into trouble on a regular basis. Toby is kind of goofy, a bit of doofus — not dumb by any means — but definitely stubborn. more »»

Planting the seeds of spring

March 14, 2014 Spring finally seems to be arriving. more »»

This week at the capitol

March 14, 2014 The conclusion of week nine ends our second funnel for the session. While committee work is winding down we are continuing to stay busy in other areas of the legislature. more »»

To the city and back

March 12, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Defenestration Song” by Have A Nice Life As brief as exciting travels might be, they can offer a renewed sense of home when they’re over. more »»

Dwindling deer herds

March 11, 2014 Right out of the chute, the news is not good. Not good at all. Just understand what's at stake here. It is not one-and-done. more »»

What do you say?

March 10, 2014 In an adult Sunday school class 20-some years ago, the instructor asked us students to identify some Bible verses we could share with an individual upon the death of a loved one. more »»



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