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January 16, 2014 Chris and I have been married for over 30 years and we have accumulated quite a few things. Our recent move made that fact painfully obvious. more »»

Food For Thought

January 14, 2014 With the resumption of high school sports after the start of the New Year, the emphasis will soon start building towards the post-season in wrestling and basketball. more »»

Make The Most Of It

January 9, 2014 I believe it’s March that either comes roaring in like a Lion or meek and mild as a lamb. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

January 7, 2014 It seems that for most of the population, getting married and having children is a pretty cut and dry decision, with a majority responding, “Yes! Of course! What else would I live for?!” I did not... more »»


January 7, 2014 It's that time of year when everyone is making Resolutions but instead this year I offer you 'Revelations'! It seems that people make Resolutions every year and that most of the time by February... more »»

Throwing Down The Gauntlet

January 3, 2014 I have never professed to be an athlete. Actually, I am far from it! I grew up in the Quad Cities along the Mississippi River and although we were an active bunch, sports really weren’t our thin. more »»

This And That

December 31, 2013 Here it is, the last newspaper of the year, and I get to write the last column for this year. If you stop and think about it, there are lots of possibilities here for a write. more »»

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

December 24, 2013 One of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time has to do with Christmas. It first appeared September 21, 1897, in the pages of a leading newspaper of the day, the New York Sun. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

December 24, 2013 A couple of years ago, I was having a nice conversation with one of our neighbors, “Oh, MJ was awful upset the other morning,” she sai. more »»

The Gift You Give Yourself

December 19, 2013 'Tis the season of the great hustle and bustle, getting this for one and that for another, leading up to a near breakdown before the first gift can be broken into. more »»

Christmas Traditions Continue

December 17, 2013 I always knew Mom was getting serious about Christmas when we would get home from school and there were cookies everywhere. In her younger days, Mom devoted one or two days to Christmas baking. more »»

Get A Life!

December 12, 2013 For the past several years, The Reporter and The Democrat have reported on the preparations of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, formerly known as NORAD, for one of its’ most important... more »»

The Wish List

December 10, 2013 It's that time of year when I hear a lot about Wish Lists. It seems everyone is making one or being told to make on. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

December 10, 2013 Not long ago, I snuck out to walk the dog just as the kids were getting ready to go to bed and happened to be fortunate enough to catch the rising of a full harvest moon. more »»

O Christmas Tree

December 5, 2013 Trees decorated with twinkly lights and colored balls are going up all over town, shining brightly in the windows of home after home. It is, after all, the week after Thanksgivin. more »»

Fall's Last Chore

December 3, 2013 Well, Thanksgiving 2013 is a memory. The turkey soup is simmering in the crock-pot and evergreen trees, holly berries and Christmas lights have replaced the fall decorations. more »»

Remembering When

November 29, 2013 What were you doing at about 12:20 p.m. more »»

Getting In The Holiday Mood

November 26, 2013 Are you anxious? Are you ready to be there? Are you getting in the holiday mood? With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, it’s time to get in the holiday mood. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

November 26, 2013 If you happen to be in your late twenties, sitting around a campfire and discussing the good old days of college, it is inevitable that the conversation will turn to the subject of whose... more »»

The Feast Of Thanksgiving

November 21, 2013 As the year moves quickly forward I begin to contemplate Thanksgiving, what it means, how it started, how we celebrate, why it's important, etc. more »»



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