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Just like Aspen

I don't know.Several weeks ago, we experienced a very sudden loss. My beautiful 8-year-old golden re…

I scream for school

My cousin makes himself an ice cream sundae every evening. It began as self-medicating. For the principal and father of three, the chopped n…

Love and Baseball

There were moments of Déjà vu as I entered the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown last weekend. I had flashbacks from three months ago…

Love affair with a garden

I told Ginnie our life here on the Empty Nest Farm was all part of our art — the garden, and the animals, even the aronia bushes. She agreed…

Our rules of the game: US Constitution

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown pro…

I hate goodbyes

I hate goodbyes. Farewells aren’t my forte, but this week I’ve had to say goodbye to a good friend as well as a coworker. With my friend Jul…

Q&A: Inspector General Act

Q: Why did Congress write the Inspector General Act of 1978?A: Enacted 40 years ago, the federal law…

What is democratic socialism?

The new rising star of the Democratic Party is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The 28-year-old former bartender doesn’t know much about politics —…

Pity party

For the past few weeks, my youngest daughter has been throwing herself one giant pity party. I can’t pinpoint the exact time it started, but…

Good habits

Somebody once told me olive oil was a good thing to put in your body, so for six months, I got up in the morning, poured myself a shot glass…
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