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Reduce•Reuse•Recycle

I am a big fan of recycling. Why??Because I can. And, because everyone and every thing deserves a second chance. And, I also like the fact that what I place at the curb twice each month gets whisked away for recycling.Last week we did a story that featured the recycling bin for cans and bottles ...

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are in full swing and anyone who has braved the summer heat this past week can no doubt agree. The weekend heat index hit around 105 degrees, and even though I tried my best to stay in the shade while out and about, I definitely felt the burn.It's an interesting term, the ...

Room For Books

How do you store your books??On book shelves??In stacks? In boxes? Or do you use the library exclusively and have relatively few books in your home?A story titled "How to Make More Room for Your Books" came across my screen and got my attention. In addition to my own books, there are still ...

Mask Hysteria

I wear a mask when I run errands around town. You know, COVID-19 and all that.A couple of months ago, as I was shopping in a local grocery store, I was passed by a middle-aged couple whose faces were mask-free, walking the opposite direction. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the woman turn ...

Staying On Track

It has been an odd year. We have graduated from staying at home in March and April, to a little more freedom in May and June, to running full tilt in July. Calendars went from an absolute void to juggling more than we have had to deal with for months.Schedules have been difficult to maintain. ...

Garden Surprises

There isn't much more fun than having a "surprise" spring up in your garden. Most of the "surprises" in my garden are weeds and they have to be dealt with. But there are also some pretty surprises as well.For instance, I was surprised my hibiscus came back this year. It wintered perfectly and ...

A Safe Reopening

Schools across Iowa are undergoing the daunting task of planning to reopen. Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered Iowa schools to begin the process of "preparing to safely welcome back students and teachers" to the classroom in August.On Friday, the governor announced that "the expectation is, ...

Typing Frustrations

This week I thought I would take a break from talking about COVID-19 or any one of the many heavy issues going on in the world. After some recent frustration with my typing speed when putting together a story, I began to wonder (by wonder I mean obsess over) why keyboards aren't arranged in ...

Popcorn and Salt

With a Fourth of July theme still fresh in my mind, this headline is pretty clever: "By The Stovetop's Red Glare Kernels Bursting In Air" Of course, it comes from The Popcorn Board.DID YOU KNOW? Popcorn is one of the oldest American foods whose origins can be traced back thousands of years. ...

A Little History

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, one of the largest celebrations of the summer. And here we are, still in the midst of concern due to COVID-19.Most July 4 celebrations have dwindled to displays of fireworks only. That way, people can spread out when they watch the colorful ...