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Moms Offer Life’s Lessons

May 9, 2013 Mother’s Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on motherhood and remember all of the sage advice our mothers handed down over the years. more »»

Nothing Compares

May 7, 2013 The Iowa State Fair has always been an enjoyable summer to-do for me. It was a family tradition when I was growing up and is still a fun outing to this da. more »»

Celebrate May Day

April 30, 2013 Tomorrow begins the month of May. We welcomed April, but got fooled from the get-go as Spring turned into Winter then back to Spring. Are we now facing a giant leap into Summer? May 1 is “May Da. more »»

Garage Sale Season

April 25, 2013 The citywide garage sale is coming up next weekend. It’s time to clean out some clutter and put a little cash in your pocket while doing so. more »»

We Know Better

April 23, 2013 It’s taken me a good two weeks to cool off after reading the special section “the newspaper Iowa depends upon” graced our doorsteps on April 7 about the Emergency Medical Services in Iowa, and I’ve... more »»

Spring Things

April 18, 2013 Spring is right around the corner, even though we are still experiencing days that look and feel like winter. We may go directly from winter to summer -- you just can’t out-guess Mother Nature. more »»

Chicks with Guns

April 16, 2013 Every year my dad does his own Christmas shopping. Usually his gifts garner a lot of complements and consist of something pretty like jewelr. more »»

This ‘N That

April 11, 2013 Usually, when I sit down to write a column, I’ve got some topic to tackle, offer a commentary on, or just want to share with you. But, I must confess – the idea shelf is empty. Pffffft. Nad. more »»

Community Papers Tops For News

April 9, 2013 Survey: Community papers still tops for local news -- That was the headline that of a National Newspaper Association press release. “The numbers are self-evident. more »»

Signs of Spring!

April 4, 2013 I think spring is finally going to make an appearance. I was doubtful for a while but signs of spring are popping up all over. more »»

A Reprieve – For Now

April 2, 2013 For a long, long time, I’ve felt that our society has become litigation-happy. more »»

A ‘White’ Easter?

March 28, 2013 How long has it been since we’ve had a “white” Easter? White Christmas, yes. But Easter? We should research how often Easter lands in March. Not to say, however, that there hasn’t been snow in Apri. more »»

March Madness

March 26, 2013 It’s that time of year, folks. A time when an estimated 3 million employees spend one to three hours following NCAA basketball games instead of working. more »»

Do The Zombie

March 21, 2013 OK, let’s make it perfectly clear – I’ve never been all that great a fan of horror movies or the old “slash and scream” type of shows, such as Halloween and the Texas Chainsaw Masssacre. more »»

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

March 19, 2013 Farmers in 1,271 counties across 39 states have the opportunity to grow the next generation by nominating a rural, public school district to apply for a grant of up to $25,000. more »»

Unfavorable Conditions

March 14, 2013 As I left the Junior Miss Shamrock Pageant on Sunday, I was greeted with heavy snowfall, blowing wind and slippery streets. more »»

No Big Secret

March 12, 2013 Even though I spend a lot of time at a computer in the course of a day’s work, I also spend my fair share of time at home surfing the web, looking for column ideas and such. more »»

Spring Break

March 7, 2013 Will you be taking a spring break this year? March seems to be the time of year to head out for a little respite for those suffering from Cabin Fever. more »»

Women’s History Month

March 5, 2013 I received yet another “Going Away Party” invite in my email inbox the other day. Typically this would be disappointing to see another good friend move away but this year has been different. more »»


February 28, 2013 At the risk of sounding like an extremist, I’m going to lay an idea out for your consideration. For the last few weeks, the new catchphrase coming out of our nation’s capital has been “Sequester. more »»



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