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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 »»

Help for a new you in the New Year

January 3, 2014 When the clock struck midnight and ushered in the New Year, were you one of many making a New Year’s Resolution or two? Don’t abandon it by the end of the month; stop by the library and pick up a... more »»

Rabbit hunting weather

December 31, 2013 Well, it really wasn't the first snowfall of autumn. more »»

What, no pony?

December 30, 2013 On occasion I have been called a Pollyanna. You remember Pollyanna, don’t you? She was the happy little girl in Eleanor Porter’s novel of the same name who found good in everything. more »»

A seriously happy pursuit

December 30, 2013 One of the gifts I received this Christmas is a book titled The Happiness Project. It’s a one-sentence journal meant to be kept for five years. more »»

The best kinds of Christmas gifts

December 27, 2013 Tomorrow, we're dismantling our Christmas tree. We're boxing up the ornaments and winding up the lights and garland. more »»

Could I be an anachronism?

December 23, 2013 It should be no surprise that I love words, especially unusual words. Years ago I came across the word “anachronism.” I was not familiar with the term. more »»

The gift you most remember giving

December 23, 2013 I’d have to say that the best time to give your children Christmas presents is when they’re little, as their wants are simple, the toys are easy to understand, and they’re happy with almost anythin... more »»

Selections that will delight passengers during car trip

December 23, 2013 Are you headed over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house this year for the holidays? If you have a car ride ahead of you, try out an audiobook or two to help pass the time quickly... more »»

Christmas with the fur kids

December 20, 2013 We bought a couple of small red bean bag chairs at a garage sale last summer, thinking the grandchildren would love to sit/play/nap in those when they visited. more »»

Become passionate about community

December 20, 2013 It's been a wonderful year in Webster City and I'm very happy to be here. Each year goals are set, plans are made and we move forward along our path. more »»

The perfect Christmas

December 18, 2013 Jam of the week: “Golden Arrow” by Darkside Time sure flies when you’re not writing column. more »»

Trail talk

December 17, 2013 DNR to watch for deer disease Iowa officials will continue to monitor deer samples for any signs of chronic wasting disease in the wild herd. more »»

What would Jesus do?

December 16, 2013 When our children were still at home we tried to make our evening meal a family affair. more »»

More blessed to give than to receive

December 16, 2013 Some of the frenzy of this holiday time of the year centers on gifts, of course. We think about what we will receive, naturally, especially when we are young. more »»

Are we being hoodwinked?

December 13, 2013 We are being hoodwinked yet again by big business profiteers. How? Those who seek to legally sell addictive marijuana will reap profits; society and the vulnerable will be left to pay the costs. more »»

Elf on a what?

December 11, 2013 I'm all for Christmas tradition. When I was little, we always had an Advent calendar. Each morning, one of us kids would takes turns opening each little slot that indicated the day of the month. more »»

Choosing where to live

December 11, 2013 In studies of “happiness” it has generally been determined that money does not necessarily guarantee happiness. more »»

Drought and hunting

December 10, 2013 How does drought affect your fall hunting? And the answer is: It affects it a lot, and we're seeing the effects of it right now. more »»



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