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Jigs in your tackle box

February 23, 2016 We often talk about fishing techniques and fish location and things like that, and sometimes we forget about the nuts and bolts of fishin. more »»

What life sounds like

February 22, 2016 “Teaching Little Fingers to Play” by John W. Thompson was my first piano book. It was red. I tackled it with my grandma even before I started school. more »»

Talking to a brick wall

February 22, 2016 In a recent three-way Facebook exchange with a mutual friend my daughter accused me of being a chatterbox. A Facebook meme showed a child in a sleeping bag on a supermarket floor. more »»

5 great reasons to attend Family Game Night

February 19, 2016 My life has been filled with scandal and adventure. I have been married and divorced hundreds of times, died of old age thousands of times, and have owned millions of homes. more »»

Oh so wonderful Wi-fi

February 19, 2016 his past week I set out on one of my biggest adventures yet. I finally got Internet at my apartment. I mustered up the courage and called a provider. I bought a modem and route. more »»

Sharp attacks launched in debate

February 17, 2016 The CBS presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina, started off with a moment of silence in memory of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death was announced earlier in the da. more »»

The truth about cherry trees

February 16, 2016 Cherry trees bring to mind George Washington, who was born on Feb. 22, 1732. more »»

March on the ice

February 16, 2016 It seems like February just started and I’m already looking forward to ice-fishing in March. March is my favorite month for ice-fishing. more »»

Winning the war

February 15, 2016 My late father’s birthday is in two days. So he is with me in thoughts especially these days. His memory makes me smile, in a bittersweet kind of wa. more »»

Idioms: Another way to say it

February 15, 2016 For more than 30 years my cousin, Tim, has been a pastor in Latin America. Earlier this month, Tim flew back to Iowa to visit his parents. more »»

“L” is for the way you look at me

February 12, 2016 Two days. There are only two days until the most dreaded/anticipated holiday on the calendar. Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day for love, chocolate and flower. more »»

Personal responsibility too much to ask?

February 10, 2016 The law says dangerous or illegal actions have consequences. Countless U.S. more »»

The kindness of strangers

February 10, 2016 Like most of the Midwest, we've been besieged by cold and snow this winter. But, it's Iowa after all. It's to be expected. more »»

Spring — almost

February 9, 2016 On Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2016, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. more »»

Some caucus night reflections

February 8, 2016 It seems to me that when I asked someone the question last week, “Are you going to caucus?” the replies fell into two camps, either something like: “Of course, I can’t wait to support my candidate. more »»

Now that’s a Valentine

February 8, 2016 His calloused fingers gingerly lifted a card from the rack and he read it carefully. Naw, too mushy, he thought. Selecting the right greeting card was never easy for hi. more »»

Add some color to your winter

February 5, 2016 This past Tuesday afternoon, there was a moment when the snow had stopped falling, and I (mistakenly) decided that the wind had finally died down. more »»

Snow boots and sniffles

February 5, 2016 This past week has been full of snow, ice and an unfortunate amount of gusty winds. After receiving over 6 inches of snow on Tuesday, I am more than ready for spring. more »»

Four New Yorkers for president?

February 3, 2016 Many Americans used to regard New York City as a bankrupt foreign vessel docked on their Atlantic coastline. Then the place got cleaned up, and after the heroism (and stoicism) of Sept. more »»

What about windbreaks?

February 2, 2016 Windbreaks provide many benefits, including reduction of wind speeds, control snow drifting and accumulation, provide wildlife habitat, enhance property value, and provide a more pleasant... more »»



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