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Why crucial conversation training?

July 12, 2013 Sometimes, I catch myself acting the way my parents did when I was younger. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes, that’s not so good. more »»

Hotter than Fort Dodge

July 8, 2013 Fifty some years ago there lived in Webster City a local character who was known for his quirky sayings. On a stiflingly hot day he would say, “It’s hotter than Fort Dodge. more »»

‘Still’ at reunion

July 8, 2013 “Still” was a word heard often on Saturday evening, as in “I’m still working at the same place,” or “We still live in ...” or even “I’m still always glad to get together with you all. more »»

Lots to see and do close to home

July 5, 2013 There is something simply satisfying about sitting under the canopy of large shade tree on a warm, sunny summer morning. more »»

Making smart insurance choices

July 3, 2013 The amount of information in the media about upcoming changes in health insurance is expanding weekly. That’s a sign that people are starting to wonder how it all affects them. Anxiety. more »»

The treatment of silence

July 3, 2013 Jam of the week: “Daydream in Blue” by I Monster It’s a generally good idea to know what you can and cannot do. more »»

A little ZIP of our own

July 1, 2013 Back in 1963 our little farm town of Kamrar – located about halfway between Ames and Fort Dodge – didn’t get much respect. more »»

Back to summer camp

July 1, 2013 For some reason, I always find it satisfying when it’s a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same. I just like knowing that some things are constant. It’s known as tradition. more »»

Time to find a new recipe

June 28, 2013 Oh, Paula Deen. You've gotten yourself into some hot water this wee. more »»

June and July are jumpin’ in WC

June 28, 2013 The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Iowa Home Care, Access Systems, Angel Touch Massage, Walker Insurance, Palmer and Cheryl Schneider, and Kathleen Swon as new member. more »»

Supreme Court passes the ball

June 26, 2013 Jam of the week: “The Sun” by The Naked and Famous While Edward Snowden doesn’t even have the decency to wear a striped shirt to help the U.S. more »»

Live wisely; karma is for real

June 24, 2013 I am not a follower of Eastern religions, but there is an element of Buddhism in which I believe. It’s a phenomenon called “karma. more »»

Advice for the bride-to-be

June 24, 2013 ‘Tis the season for weddings, of course, and that often means a wedding shower or two to go along with it. more »»

A ‘crushing’ obsession

June 21, 2013 It's never easy admitting you have an obsession. It can be embarrassing, frustrating and even a little depressing. more »»

Rumblings of 2016

June 19, 2013 Jam of the week: “I Sat By The Ocean” by Queens of the Stone Age Once again, the game is afoot, but whether or not people are ready to play is the question. more »»

A season of blockbusters

June 19, 2013 Summer Blockbuster season has arrived. more »»

50 years: a lot of difference

June 17, 2013 Fifty years makes a lot of difference in a man’s life. Fifty years ago I was a 15-year-old high school student living in a large family in a small farm town in Iowa. more »»

As right as rain

June 17, 2013 I wonder if you’ve noticed, too, that regardless of where you are these days the topic of conversation eventually turns to 1) the weather, 2) whether all the crops will ever get into the ground,... more »»

Reunion 35 years in the making

June 14, 2013 It dawned on me the other day that it’s been 35 years since I graduated from high school. After the shock and awe wore off, I also realized that I hadn’t heard anything about a reunion this summer. more »»

Say hello to the surveyors

June 12, 2013 Jam of the week: “Rosslyn’s Crypt” by Dirty Art Club I had a whole weekend planned, but then I had to add yet another page to my scandal scrapbook. more »»



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