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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 »»

Spring — almost

February 9, 2016 On Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2016, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. more »»

Some caucus night reflections

February 8, 2016 It seems to me that when I asked someone the question last week, “Are you going to caucus?” the replies fell into two camps, either something like: “Of course, I can’t wait to support my candidate. more »»

Now that’s a Valentine

February 8, 2016 His calloused fingers gingerly lifted a card from the rack and he read it carefully. Naw, too mushy, he thought. Selecting the right greeting card was never easy for hi. more »»

Add some color to your winter

February 5, 2016 This past Tuesday afternoon, there was a moment when the snow had stopped falling, and I (mistakenly) decided that the wind had finally died down. more »»

Snow boots and sniffles

February 5, 2016 This past week has been full of snow, ice and an unfortunate amount of gusty winds. After receiving over 6 inches of snow on Tuesday, I am more than ready for spring. more »»

Four New Yorkers for president?

February 3, 2016 Many Americans used to regard New York City as a bankrupt foreign vessel docked on their Atlantic coastline. Then the place got cleaned up, and after the heroism (and stoicism) of Sept. more »»

What about windbreaks?

February 2, 2016 Windbreaks provide many benefits, including reduction of wind speeds, control snow drifting and accumulation, provide wildlife habitat, enhance property value, and provide a more pleasant... more »»

On a frozen pond

February 2, 2016 We’re on the back side of winter, and that means a couple of things. We’ll probably get another winter storm or two, and we’re also entering a period of outstanding ice-fishing action. more »»

Everyone has a story to tell

February 1, 2016 Everyone has a story to tell. Maybe even more than one. But not everyone realizes i. more »»

What an amazing body

February 1, 2016 Age has brought about a deeper appreciation for the world around me. more »»

Lou Lou skate to my Lou

January 29, 2016 Ice. Cold. Copious amounts of snow. As much as I enjoy the winter season, come January I am more than ready for the spring and summe. more »»

Water and wilting

January 26, 2016 During the cold January weather, there is not much gardening to do outside. But for those with houseplants, we will take a look at the importance of water. more »»

Ice-fishing memories

January 26, 2016 I was in the garage messing with my ice-fishing gear the other day. more »»

Enjoy a belly laugh today

January 25, 2016 Question: What do you call a dog with no legs? Answer: You can call him anything you want, but he won’t come! With yesterday being National Belly Laugh Day, I figure a little chuckle is a... more »»

Eb Griper and the Iowa Caucuses

January 25, 2016 It had been a few weeks since I had visited with my grumpy old coffee-buddy, Eb Griper. more »»

What really matters?

January 22, 2016 I am a worrier. I worry about my future, student loans, and where life plans on taking me. I have lost more sleep than I care to admit over things that I have absolutely no control over. more »»

Using spoons under the ice

January 19, 2016 Most bodies of water across the Midwest now have a coat of ice, and it looks like the fish have been eagerly awaiting the ice. more »»

A different take on cold weather

January 18, 2016 Isn’t it amazing how teenagers are immune to cold? That’s pretty much the gist of what I was thinking when I saw two of the high school boys in the lunch line this week. more »»

Great is His Faithfulness

January 18, 2016 In 1954 Billy Graham’s soloist, George Beverly Shea, introduced a little known hymn at an evangelistic crusade in Great Britain. more »»



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