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Springtime at the Chamber

March 28, 2014 During that cold snap called winter, we’ve been busy planning. more »»

Remember this?

March 25, 2014 Every old farmhouse had one. Every country elevator had one. The now-gone country stores and gas stations had one on the back room table. more »»

Leave your libido at home

March 24, 2014 University of Iowa President Sally Mason created brouhaha a few weeks ago with her remark on sexual assaults on the campus. more »»

Opportunities missed

March 24, 2014 Sometimes we suffer missed opportunities that become especially clear when viewed in hindsight. Then again, maybe hindsight is the only way to see a missed opportunit. more »»

REAP — the perfect program

March 18, 2014 Twenty-five years ago, in a bi-partisan celebration of what is best about living in Iowa, the Legislature created and Gov. more »»

Where were you when?

March 17, 2014 On an anniversary of a significant historical event, people often ask, “Where were you when…” There are events in our lives that leave a lasting memory. more »»

Wearing shorts in wintertime

March 17, 2014 I wonder who decided it is acceptable to wear shorts in the winter time. more »»

A little escape artist

March 14, 2014 My two dogs have very distinct personalities which get them into trouble on a regular basis. Toby is kind of goofy, a bit of doofus — not dumb by any means — but definitely stubborn. more »»

Planting the seeds of spring

March 14, 2014 Spring finally seems to be arriving. more »»

This week at the capitol

March 14, 2014 The conclusion of week nine ends our second funnel for the session. While committee work is winding down we are continuing to stay busy in other areas of the legislature. more »»

To the city and back

March 12, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Defenestration Song” by Have A Nice Life As brief as exciting travels might be, they can offer a renewed sense of home when they’re over. more »»

Dwindling deer herds

March 11, 2014 Right out of the chute, the news is not good. Not good at all. Just understand what's at stake here. It is not one-and-done. more »»

What do you say?

March 10, 2014 In an adult Sunday school class 20-some years ago, the instructor asked us students to identify some Bible verses we could share with an individual upon the death of a loved one. more »»

Getting acquainted with a new friend

March 10, 2014 It turns out that my son and daughter-in-law had the right advice when they encouraged me to get a house cat. They were just a little premature with it. more »»

Entering a new chapter in life

March 7, 2014 A terrifying thought struck me this week. It's something that I've feared and put out of my mind for the past year, but it will soon come to pass. more »»

A chance to showcase the town

March 7, 2014 Spring is close and thoughts of travel come to mind. Increased levels of mobility by American’s and world citizens provides both an opportunity and a challeng. more »»

Back on the cooking wagon

March 5, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Snow Song” by The Mountain Goats It sure is crazy how things get thrown out of order as soon as life gets busy. more »»

There is still time to prepare

March 5, 2014 It seems that every year, I am called out to a town that has experienced either a tornado, violent straight-line winds, or a major ice storm which has ravaged that community’s tree population. more »»

Kindergarten and the pudgy prevaricator

March 3, 2014 While going through some old files recently I found a copy of the composite class photo of an elementary school class. more »»

Leaving a legacy

March 3, 2014 Okay, I admit it again. I still like to read obituaries. Sometimes I think it may be because that was the first thing we learned to write in college journalism classes. more »»



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