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Time to trim

March 1, 2016 Daffodils, tulips and iris are starting to make their appearance for spring! Is your garden ready? Garden clean-up is important for healthy plants. more »»

Brand new coloring book

February 29, 2016 Last week I was in a fabric store looking at a display of adult coloring books, along with another woman I didn’t know. more »»

Plans 50 years in the making

February 29, 2016 The process has begun. The date has been set. “Save the date” notices have been distributed. more »»

North, east, south, west, what?

February 26, 2016 Webster defines direction in two ways. The first: a course along which someone or something moves; the course that must be taken in order to reach a destination. more »»

Apple, public safety and selling stuff

February 24, 2016 Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California. more »»

Youth summit brings discussion

February 24, 2016 What are the youths of today thinking? That is what Power Up YOUth coalition members learned when they engaged 53 South Hamilton and Webster City high school students in small group discussions... more »»

Bring spring indoors

February 23, 2016 Tired of waiting for spring to arrive? To bring a bit of spring indoors and chase away wintertime blues try bringing flowering branches indoors to force into early bloom. more »»

Jigs in your tackle box

February 23, 2016 We often talk about fishing techniques and fish location and things like that, and sometimes we forget about the nuts and bolts of fishin. more »»

What life sounds like

February 22, 2016 “Teaching Little Fingers to Play” by John W. Thompson was my first piano book. It was red. I tackled it with my grandma even before I started school. more »»

Talking to a brick wall

February 22, 2016 In a recent three-way Facebook exchange with a mutual friend my daughter accused me of being a chatterbox. A Facebook meme showed a child in a sleeping bag on a supermarket floor. more »»

5 great reasons to attend Family Game Night

February 19, 2016 My life has been filled with scandal and adventure. I have been married and divorced hundreds of times, died of old age thousands of times, and have owned millions of homes. more »»

Oh so wonderful Wi-fi

February 19, 2016 his past week I set out on one of my biggest adventures yet. I finally got Internet at my apartment. I mustered up the courage and called a provider. I bought a modem and route. more »»

Sharp attacks launched in debate

February 17, 2016 The CBS presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina, started off with a moment of silence in memory of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death was announced earlier in the da. more »»

The truth about cherry trees

February 16, 2016 Cherry trees bring to mind George Washington, who was born on Feb. 22, 1732. more »»

March on the ice

February 16, 2016 It seems like February just started and I’m already looking forward to ice-fishing in March. March is my favorite month for ice-fishing. more »»

Winning the war

February 15, 2016 My late father’s birthday is in two days. So he is with me in thoughts especially these days. His memory makes me smile, in a bittersweet kind of wa. more »»

Idioms: Another way to say it

February 15, 2016 For more than 30 years my cousin, Tim, has been a pastor in Latin America. Earlier this month, Tim flew back to Iowa to visit his parents. more »»

“L” is for the way you look at me

February 12, 2016 Two days. There are only two days until the most dreaded/anticipated holiday on the calendar. Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day for love, chocolate and flowers. more »»

Personal responsibility too much to ask?

February 10, 2016 The law says dangerous or illegal actions have consequences. Countless U.S. more »»

The kindness of strangers

February 10, 2016 Like most of the Midwest, we've been besieged by cold and snow this winter. But, it's Iowa after all. It's to be expected. more »»



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