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Different vs Same

Our lives have been consumed by COVID-19.We live in a world of constant warnings, constant updates, constant reminders to keep ourselves healthy and safe from the pandemic that has swept the world.Personally, I have no problem wearing a protective face mask. I have no problem staying in my own ...

On Memorial Day

It's a different kind of Memorial Day this year. American flags will be flying and the graves will be decorated with flowers as usual.This year, however, we will not gather as a group to pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives so that we can be free.We will not witness the ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a time to shine a light on mental health to help lessen the stigma and create a more inclusive environment.Mental health affects everyone - While one in five American adults will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces ...

Think of Mom

Last week, out of the blue, this sudden thought popped into my head to go watch a movie. And not a movie on television. I want to go to our own Riviera theatre and watch a movie.Driving down Main Street you can see the sign "Closed Until Further Notice - Stay Healthy". We're waiting for the ...

Social Media Blues

I'm not a big fan of social media. I shut down my Instagram and Twitter accounts long ago and I've only logged in to Facebook three times in the past six months, namely to find contact information for a story I was researching. I used to spend hours a day caught up in the lives of others, ...

Support Local News

In a rural community like ours, small businesses are a source of pride and a vital aspect of a thriving main street. The economic impact dealt by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced our local businesses to adapt or close entirely and the effects have been felt by all, including this ...

Open For Business

We have grown so accustomed to a solitary lifestyle, news from Governor Kim Reynolds that we will have a limited "re-opening" in Iowa the end of this week is good news ... I think. It's a relief, but it's also a little frightening.This good news affects most of Iowa, with the exception of a few ...

To-Do List:

One would think, with more at-home time, the to-do list would dwindle. But, there is always something more to do.One of the items on my personal to-do list is to respond to the 2020 Census. I received two invitations in the mail to go online to fill out the Census form, complete with my ...

Happy Earth Day

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Founded in 1970 after a massive oil spill prompted a teach-in on college campuses to educate the public about the environment, Earth Day has become a day to inspire everyone to protect our planet. While it may be easy to ...

Wait a minute…

Isn't this supposed to be Spring?Easter Sunday dawned with snow on the ground. And it kept snowing and blowing all day long. The birds were all fluffed out, trying to keep warm Hopefully most of it has melted by the time you read this on Tuesday.The week prior, most everyone had put away their ...