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A Lesson in Civics

February 27, 2014 I had a refresher lesson in civics recently when I attended Veterans Day on Capital Hill in Des Moines. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

February 25, 2014 Before we had children, my husband and I lived in downtown Minneapolis with two large dogs, Reggie and Griffey, whom we liked to refer to as our parents’ “grandchildren”. more »»

Road Trip Iowa

February 19, 2014 “Travelers in Iowa spent more money in the state in 2013 versus 2012, according to the 2013 Iowa Welcome Center Survey Report. more »»

Winter Escape

February 18, 2014 After two amazing weeks in Florida visiting family in the middle of January, Iowa welcomed me back with blizzard warnings and waking to temperatures that were below 0. Still, for me, Iowa is home. more »»

Let’s Read!

February 13, 2014 Understanding the written word is critical in this business. And it is great to know there are teachers who have devoted their careers to helping students navigate the path to literacy. more »»

On The Tip Of My Tongue...

February 11, 2014 In everyday speech, there are expressions that get tossed around and we never think of them. more »»

Let’s Talk RAGBRAI

February 6, 2014 Emmetsburg is an overnight stop for RAGBRAI?this summer. What a great opportunity for us to show off our community. We’ve been down this path before -- a couple of times -- so we know the ropes. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

February 6, 2014 Somewhere along the line, we seemed to adopt the idea that we could choose what kind of parent we would become without at all taking into consideration the kind of person we were before becoming a... more »»

The Secrets We Keep

February 4, 2014 We all have them... secrets we keep to ourselves or for others. I keep mine in a wooden box on the bottom shelf (easy-access) of my first kitchen cupboard. more »»

Old Home Habits

January 30, 2014 I have been an old house lover since I was a child. The first home I remember was an early 20th century house that my parents rented. more »»

If The Shoe Fits

January 28, 2014 The last offering I brought to this forum dealt with the general topic of sportsmanshi. more »»

Post Your Comment To The EPA

January 23, 2014 We have been providing you with information, recently, about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed change to the Renewable Fuel Standard. more »»

The Christmas Cards

January 21, 2014 The holidays are over, leaving good cheer in our hearts. The decor has been taken down, dusted and stored for future Christmases, including the few new items we seem to add each yea. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

January 21, 2014 “It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you, the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. more »»

Smart Remarks Work Out Sometimes

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 »»



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