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Getting acquainted with a new friend

March 10, 2014 It turns out that my son and daughter-in-law had the right advice when they encouraged me to get a house cat. They were just a little premature with it. more »»

Entering a new chapter in life

March 7, 2014 A terrifying thought struck me this week. It's something that I've feared and put out of my mind for the past year, but it will soon come to pass. more »»

A chance to showcase the town

March 7, 2014 Spring is close and thoughts of travel come to mind. Increased levels of mobility by American’s and world citizens provides both an opportunity and a challeng. more »»

Back on the cooking wagon

March 5, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Snow Song” by The Mountain Goats It sure is crazy how things get thrown out of order as soon as life gets busy. more »»

There is still time to prepare

March 5, 2014 It seems that every year, I am called out to a town that has experienced either a tornado, violent straight-line winds, or a major ice storm which has ravaged that community’s tree population. more »»

Kindergarten and the pudgy prevaricator

March 3, 2014 While going through some old files recently I found a copy of the composite class photo of an elementary school class. more »»

Leaving a legacy

March 3, 2014 Okay, I admit it again. I still like to read obituaries. Sometimes I think it may be because that was the first thing we learned to write in college journalism classes. more »»

‘Boy, it sure is cold’

February 28, 2014 “Boy, it sure is cold!” I think that’s the words I’ve heard most often this year. And I’d have to agree. more »»

Planning your next getaway

February 28, 2014 If you are anything like me, you’ve been counting down to the end of winter since the last few leaves dropped off the trees at the end of fal. more »»

Winter makes me S.A.D.

February 24, 2014 Growing up in northern Iowa I learned what tough winters were all about. more »»

Snowed in with history

February 24, 2014 When you’re snowed in and looking for something not too strenuous to occupy your time, it can be a great opportunity to look through some of those items on the shelf waiting for the “someday” you’v... more »»

Be grateful for the early warning

February 21, 2014 So, it’s been a while since we’ve had a storm move in as quickly and as severely as this most recent mess. more »»

Fragrance — a memory trigger

February 19, 2014 Have you ever noticed how a certain fragrance can trigger a memory in a way that our other senses can’t? It’s interesting how such a thought can come on so quickly from something as fleeting as a... more »»

Coping with winter

February 18, 2014 Winter is coping time for wildlife. We humans as members of the planet's most ingenious species do not necessarily endure the weather. Instead, we've found ways to offset the worst climatic extremes. more »»

An old man’s thoughts on weddings

February 17, 2014 Attending weddings has never been near the top of my favorite-things-to-do list. This year, however, I have already attended two, each as a guest of a friend of the families. more »»

Ready for family to gather

February 14, 2014 We’re going to have a whole houseful of family this weekend — the first time in about six months since we’ve had the opportunity to spend some time together. more »»

Build skills with LearningExpress

February 14, 2014 Do you want to improve your computer skills? Learn how to use a new software program? Maybe you have a teenager who will be taking the ACT this spring and want them to start preparing for the big... more »»

Choosing an insurance plan

February 11, 2014 Open enrollment under the new health insurance system continues until March 31, so now is the time to get enrolled if you need health insurance. more »»

The language of fly fishing

February 11, 2014 We’ve talked about this before ... you and I. For obvious reasons, I spend a vast amount of the year noodling around the rural regions of the country. more »»

Living off my assets

February 10, 2014 It was 1966, the year I graduated from high school and the year I began working at the radio station in the county seat. more »»



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