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Opa Gelder’s renewed rocking chair

August 31, 2015 A long time ago I inherited my maternal grandfather’s rocking chair. For many years it sat in our basement family and storage rooms. more »»

Four great reasons to try our eLibrary

August 28, 2015 It is, to quote Tom Hanks’ character from the popular rom-com You’ve Got Mail, that “bouquet of newly sharpened pencils” time of the year. more »»

Big tattoos, bigger hearts

August 28, 2015 Last weekend was one of my biggest adventures yet. I traveled down to Kansas City for a family member’s cancer benefit. My cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. more »»

Navigating social media together

August 26, 2015 It’s not always easy keeping up with the latest in social media technology. It seems as though there’s a new platform from which to share information every week. more »»

Trying new fishing stuff

August 24, 2015 Fishing season started early this year. The ice went out sooner than it had in several years, so we were able to get the boat on the water much earlier than in the past. more »»

Bringing plants indoors

August 24, 2015 Now that the State Fair has ended and school is officially underway, one’s thoughts turn to that of summertime as being ove. more »»

Move to college is time of transition for all

August 24, 2015 When I left home for the first time after I graduated high school, I went as far as our capitol city to attend business school. more »»

We each get at least one string to play

August 24, 2015 The Creator, I believe, endows each human with at least one special gift ? a talent or a skill. more »»

Oak tree troubles

August 18, 2015 Lately, ISU extension offices have received many inquiries as to problems with oak trees whose leaves are turning brown and dying. more »»

Plan your State Fair adventure at the library

August 14, 2015 When I get together with extended family, as the only librarian, one of my jobs is to hear their librarian jokes. more »»

Direction is key

August 14, 2015 Yesterday marked my one-month anniversary of living and working here in Webster City. It has been a crazy, crazy four weeks. I have found each day at the office is an new adventure in itself. more »»

Water in the garden

August 11, 2015 As you know, we have been blessed with abundant rainfall this year. Area gardens are lush and beautiful, a welcome change from past years of little rain when plants suffered. more »»

Catch the hungry fish

August 11, 2015 It may sound obvious, but when we go fishing, we want to catch a fish. Lots of fish are even better. more »»

Socialism and pedagogical persecution in first grade

August 10, 2015 A buzz about the impending start of another school year is in the air. Displays of school supplies are up in many stores. more »»

God Bless America and my Keurig

August 7, 2015 Coffee and I have been an inseparable duo since my junior high days. more »»

Shop locally during sales tax holiday

August 7, 2015 As we prepare for kids going back to school in a few weeks and taking advantage of the state sales tax holiday this weekend, we all should think to check out what our merchants and local chain... more »»

Eb Griper finds a church

August 3, 2015 Standing in line at the local pizza buffet seems to have become a part of the after-church tradition in these parts. more »»

Words speak volumes

August 3, 2015 Do you ever notice that the way we talk is peppered with current catch phrases that are popular at the moment? Words like “awesome!” or the way it now seems to be okay to respond with “no problem”... more »»

Fungi in the garden

August 3, 2015 August is the time of year for fun in the garden, and also the time when fungi (fun-guy) may make an appearance on your garden plants as well. more »»

Blessed with the best

July 31, 2015 Growing up, I was always the kid who was excited to go back to school in the fall. That meant new shoes, jeans and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils. more »»



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