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Keeping the boys entertained

August 22, 2014 There’s an interesting trend on Facebook. People post photos of their dogs with a sign around their necks which tells about they awful things those dogs have done. more »»

Cold water for a cause

August 20, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes If you’ve visited a humble, little place called the internet lately, you’ve probably seen videos of people from celebrities to friends and famil... more »»

Time to think about fall

August 19, 2014 Now that the Iowa State Fair is over, schools have started again, and garden produce at peak; it is time to turn thoughts to the cooler weather ahead. more »»

A mid-summer bass trip

August 19, 2014 Last week my nephew Sam and I took our annual bass trip to west central Minnesota. We’ve been doing this for about ten years and have only missed one year. more »»

How old is your English?

August 18, 2014 While we still call it English, the language we speak today has changed dramatically over the years. more »»

Becoming a grandparent

August 18, 2014 I’m really not a fussy person. I don’t decorate that way; I don’t dress that way. I like simplicity, not clutter. I don’t care to wear flouncy or frilly or flowing. more »»

‘Ron Hooker has stories to tell’

August 15, 2014 “Ron Hooker has stories to tell.” It was a simple statement in an email that turned out to be so very true. more »»

From the page to the screen

August 15, 2014 I recently had a conversation with a young woman at the library’s check-out desk. She was asking for a copy of John Green’s young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. more »»

Community health centers provide critical services for Iowa families

August 15, 2014 August 10, marked the beginning of National Health Center Week, a time to recognize the vital role of community health centers in America. more »»

Who are Master Gardeners?

August 13, 2014 "So what's the ‘big deal’ about being a Master Gardener? I've been gardening for years; I know all I need to know about gardening. more »»

A brief look to the past

August 13, 2014 Jam of the Week: “New York Kiss” by Spoon Trying to remember the good times is a common sentiment, but one that I think myself and others often overloo. more »»

Keep it simple for more fish

August 12, 2014 Fishing is different things to different people. more »»

Things I learned while looking for something else

August 11, 2014 When I was a young guy I enjoyed sitting in the reference section of a library reading encyclopedias, almanacs and atlases. I was (and remain) a nerd. more »»

A successful garage sale season

August 11, 2014 You know that going to garage sales is one of my favorite summer past times, and I’ve had a good season so far. Oh, I don’t go every weekend; just often enough. more »»

Back to the routine of school

August 8, 2014 School in Webster City starts in just 11 days. Between the county fair, a week of church camp, theater camp and other activities, my son has kept fairly busy most of the summer. more »»

Turf Wars: preventing fungal attack

August 5, 2014 Walking through the yard and your shoes become covered with an orange dust? Patches of orange powder found in the lawn? Rover turning red with residue? These are some of the recent calls receive... more »»

Another trip to Lake Kabetogama

August 5, 2014 I just returned from my most recent trip to Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota. Kab is a 25,000 acre lake that has lots of island. more »»

No back-to-school sentimentalities

August 4, 2014 In a few weeks children across America will be returning to the classroom. Meanwhile, Back to School sales abound on Main Street and in shopping malls. more »»

Naming garden enemies

August 4, 2014 There are any number of questions I wish I could still ask my dad, who has been gone for four years already now. One thing I’d like to know more about is his World War II Navy experiences. more »»

Time to simplify your life

August 1, 2014 Did you know the first week in August was National Simplify your Life Week? Neither did we. more »»



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