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A century ago in Kamrar

February 10, 2014 These two simple, run-of-the-mill school spiral notebooks sit on the bookshelf in my office. They don’t look like much really—just your basic lined paper school notebook. more »»

Books of a lifetime

February 7, 2014 Amazon, that online repository of books and just about everything else, recently released its list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. more »»

Moving forward at the state capitol

February 6, 2014 In preparation for upcoming floor debate and moving forward with proposed legislation, week four at the Capitol has consisted of many subcommittee meetings for multiple bills. more »»

Where is socialism when we need it?

February 6, 2014 To the Editor: A farm bill is working its way through Congress. If passed, it will pay 62 percent of the farmer's crop insurance. The Des Moines Register reports that travelers have lost 2. more »»

Upset WC social worker’s license was suspended

February 6, 2014 To the Editor: As someone who has benefitted greatly from local counselor, Tom Follett, MSW, I was disturbed to learn of a suspension of his license. more »»

Robin sightings continue

February 4, 2014 Here we go again. Robins. More robins. more »»

World traveler, Iowa style

February 3, 2014 Next Christmas when your rich relatives brag about their trips abroad, join in the discussion. Crow about your trips to exotic places and no one will have to know you never left Iowa. more »»

On the move

February 3, 2014 Moving is on my mind these days, and not only because of the column on that topic that my cohort columnist wrote last week. more »»

An artistic legacy

January 31, 2014 My January 17 column focused on the literary legacy at Kendall Young Library, this week I will explore the artistic legacy that can be found in the library building and in the town of Webster Ci. more »»

Legislative session completes third week

January 31, 2014 This week started off fast with the 46-0 passage of SF 303, a bill eliminating the income tax on veterans’ retirement pay. more »»

Trail talk from here and there

January 28, 2014 Lots of “trail talk” this week from here and there about this and that. First off is an interesting note I received from Bob Woodruff of Ames about last week's column about warming and cooling. more »»

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 »»



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