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Iowa’s roses

June 10, 2015 It is the season for flowers and the rainbow of colors they provide on the green landscape. One-hundred eighteen years ago Rosa pratincola (wild prairie rose) became Iowa’s Flower. more »»

Weddings and weeding

June 9, 2015 Growing flowers for a wedding? Sounds like a lovely idea. Nothing beats real flowers for a wedding and locally grown flowers can add that special touch to a wedding. more »»

Clear line for clear water? Maybe not

June 9, 2015 The line that we put on our reels when we go fishing is a very important consideration. Your line is the only connection between you and the fish. more »»

Third grade … the second time around

June 8, 2015 Third grade was a long time ago. My third grade experience was during the 1956-57 school year. Third grade was a good year, I recall. I had two teachers that year. more »»

Auctions of a different sort

June 8, 2015 For about 10 years when I was freelancing full-time, I did regular assignment work for The Auctioneer magazine, a magazine for members of the National Auctioneer Association. more »»

A super library summer reading program

June 5, 2015 Last Wednesday evening I found myself at the Webster Theater, watching (for the second time) the blockbuster hit film Avengers: Age of Ultron. more »»

What moves you?

June 5, 2015 I generally am not the one in front of the camera. In family photos, I'm usually the one behind the viewfinder of the camera or cell phon. more »»

Road rage on the information superhighway

June 3, 2015 Jam of the Week: “time&tide” by Knxwledge For many years, my time driving was far from peaceful. I’d summon up road rage against others for the smallest annoyances. more »»

A rainbow of colors

June 2, 2015 Iris are available in a rainbow of flower colors, with over 200 species iris to select from. In fact, the word “iris” means rainbow. Iris are colorful, long-lived and easy to gro. more »»

Get the net

June 2, 2015 I was fishing with my friend Mike Gottheardt on Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin recentl. more »»

Come on now; what’s wrong with you?

June 1, 2015 After more than six decades of observing others, I have come to the conclusion that we’re all a little bit batty; some more than others. more »»

The tradition of summer vacation

June 1, 2015 Now here we are, looking to get started on that wonderful American institution, summer vacation from school. more »»

Class of 2015: Live with purpose

May 29, 2015 Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Leaving high school or college certainly brings mixed feelings. Remember, closing one door opens an opportunity to knock on another one. more »»

The Kantor reading list: Beyond ‘Andersonville’

May 29, 2015 Recently a library patron told me that she had made a goal to read “Andersonville” by MacKinlay Kantor in 2015. more »»

Mowing or cutting the grass?

May 27, 2015 As close as I can figure, I’ve been mowing grass for nearly 60 years. It is a chore I don’t necessarily relish, but of all the things that need to be done in a yard mowing is one of my favorite. more »»

Traveling the interstate highways

May 27, 2015 I took a little road trip over the holiday weekend, heading north. more »»

Loading and unloading your boat

May 26, 2015 How you load and unload your boat at the boat ramp may not have an impact on how many fish you catch, but getting it in the water can set the tone for the day, for you and for any other angler... more »»

Gone to the city

May 22, 2015 Bill Fultz, Keep Iowa Beautiful Board member, long time friend, and retired public relations / marketing executive came into my office the other day. more »»

A busy Memorial Day weekend

May 20, 2015 Jam of the Week: “Treetop” by Clams Casino This Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be a busy one, namely due to the expectation that JunqueFest will be bringing thousands of visitors to the area. more »»

Progress toward trade expansion

May 20, 2015 Legislation to expand international trade is moving forward in the Senate. I voted in favor of debating a bill to restore Trade Promotion Authority for the executive branch. more »»



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