The Daily Freeman Journal Columnsen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 04:19:03 EDTFri, 26 Aug 2016 04:19:03 EDT and lows have often heard that it is good to have ups and downs in life. Take for example a machine monitoring the heartbeat of a patient in the hospital. The thin line on the screen keeps slanting up and down in ragged patterns at varying speeds.Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDTBack-to-school blues I was ten years old I ran away from home. That fateful August day I had suffered through the indignity of the first day of the new school year, and decided it was torture I simply could not survive.Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDTJust a few back to schools left was the first day of school for Webster City and many schools across Iowa. Facebook was filled with fun photos of smiling children dressed in new school clothes with back packs slung over one shoulder, ready to face a new school year.Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDTLearning how to cook"Where did you learn to cook?" was the question I heard from a friend not long ago as I fixed supper for us while she watched. I wasn't sure how to answer her.Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDTA good experience at the State Fair late afternoon and evening during the recent State Fair I helped a friend by staffing his company's booth in the Agriculture Building. It was a good experience. A visit to the State Fair, of course, necessitates finding a parking place.Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT