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The big move

January 27, 2014 This month marks the 40th anniversary of the big mov. more »»

Acts of kindness

January 27, 2014 So there I was, driving around the parking lot of a local big box store on a busy Sunday afternoon, looking for a parking place. But it wasn’t happening. All the spaces were occupied. more »»

Ready to stir it up

January 24, 2014 Despite the bitterly cold night, a huge crowd of area business people. more »»

This week at the capitol

January 24, 2014 Week two at the State House has consisted of reflection on the past and looking to the future. more »»

A crowdfunded theater

January 22, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Tea Leaf Dancers” by Flying Lotus The internet is interesting in many ways. more »»

Warming vs. cooling

January 21, 2014 Howdy, pilgrim. Let's talk about this global warming thing. They almost had me convinced. Now, I'm not so sure. Right out of the chute it gets confusing. It's not a one and done thing anymore. more »»

What are you happy about today?

January 20, 2014 What are you happy about today? It’s a fair question and I’ve heard it asked before. A couple of weeks ago, however, I heard it asked, and answered, in a most unexpected place. more »»

Bringing a pet inside

January 20, 2014 I grew up on a farm in a time when most farms had a variety of animals. Farmers often kept some cattle, a few pigs, maybe some chickens and milk cows. Some farmers had turkey. more »»

Banishing resolutions, setting goals

January 17, 2014 So, how goes those New Year resolutions? At the dawn of a new year, while many are making their annual resolutions, I’m thinking about how much I dislike the whole concept of resolutions. more »»

A literary legacy

January 17, 2014 The gift left by Kendall Young at his passing in 1896 did more than establish a free public library in Webster City; it also started a literary and artistic legacy in the town that has continued to... more »»

Saturday night eater

January 15, 2014 Jam of the Week: “When You Sleep” by My Bloody Valentine The joy of cooking is a joy that many people in my life know wel. more »»

Resolve to build pride in community

January 15, 2014 The feeling of pride occurs when we look at something, someone or an event reflecting on it with a great sense of personal satisfaction and comfort. more »»

The rest of the story

January 14, 2014 Last week, I told you why I hate cold weather. On Dec. more »»

Staying warm while trying to be cool

January 13, 2014 When it’s 30 degrees outside you might see me running from the car into the supermarket in a light jacket. I don’t like wearing bulky winter coats. Never have. more »»

Bundled up and burning

January 13, 2014 Occasionally during the winter—especially a bitter one like we’ve been experiencing these days—I remember the story someone told me about what he remembered happened to him one bitter cold day at... more »»

The reversal of an unpopular idea

January 10, 2014 I'm not what you would call a regular attendee at the Iowa State Fair. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've spent the day at the fair in the past 15 years. more »»

Supports medical cannabis in Iowa

January 10, 2014 To the Editor: In 2010, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy unanimously recommended the legislature consider legalizing cannabis for medical use. more »»

Welcoming 2014 with a good joke

January 7, 2014 Story: A man took his new hunting dog on a trial hunt. Presently, he shot a duck that fell into the lake. more »»

New Year’s Resolutions

January 6, 2014 New Year’s resolutions are tough. I’ve tried to make them over the years but have never succeeded. more »»

Memories in the storeroom

January 6, 2014 When this house was put up six years ago, one of the features I wanted to be included was a storeroom. more »»



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