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A Walk In The Park

Here's a bright spot in 2020: we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks this year. The Iowa DNR is promoting a walk through 20 state parks in 2020.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources DNR partnered with three organizations, the Iowa Walking Club, the Nebraska Wander ...

Violence and Protest

The recent death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, has once again opened old wounds and ignited a centuries-long discussion on racism's existence in America.As a white man living in an isolated, rural Iowa town, I can't speak to the ...

Questions…

Today, I have more questions than answers.When I learned that the number of COVID-19 cases in Palo Alto County had more than doubled, questions popped into my mind. Only seven, you say? That's more than twice as many as last week. We went so long with zero cases, seven is a big number.Have we ...

A Difficult Subject

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and though there are just a few days remaining, I would like to discuss a subject that is extremely important, not only this month but all year long, and that subject is suicide.I recently read that some behavioral health experts are predicting a spike in ...

Growing A Garden In Containers

Isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 brings out the creativity in everyone. What you can do in the confines of your home or apartment is pretty amazing.My granddaughter and fiance live in a studio apartment in New Haven, CT. Oberon, the rescue cat, lives there also and pretty much rules ...

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 ...