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  • Column: A trip to ‘La La Land’

    I have never been a great movie reviewer possibly because I tend to pick movies I know I will enjoy and avoid ones that don’t sound very interesting, ...
    Jan. 23, 2017 - 12:01 pm
  • Column: Dancing all the way

    It’s hard not to be drawn in by the catchy tunes of ABBA that bring the story of “Mamma Mia!” to life. I’ve seen the show on stage once before, but I ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:29 pm
  • Column: You just have to get the feel for it

    It’s no secret ... hubby and I sometimes struggle with new technology. It took a lot of convincing ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:23 pm
  • Three books and a movie

    Three books I recommend are, “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles, “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue, and “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson. Al ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Column: Attack of the Drones

    Editor’s note: This column was originally published June 23, 2016 One part water, one part hot sauc ...
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 10:53 am
  • Column: Enjoy today

    I would like to think I embrace change and that it is just a part of life. As of late, it seems like the seasons change quicker than I can keep up wit ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 11:31 am
  • Column: Sick day

    I can’t remember the last time I was truly sick with the flu. I had strep throat last summer, but it wasn’t that bad, and it came while I was on vacat ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 11:07 am
  • Column: Should of, would of, could of

    I’m in the process of celebrating my birthday. While technically the day of my birth is Jan. 15, I typically like to observe the greater part of the m ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 11:16 am
  • Revitalizing small towns and rural Iowa

    I’m proud to represent small towns and rural Iowa. We’ve faced some big challenges in recent years though, with more than 70 counties losing populatio ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 10:58 am
  • Column: Trivia night at the Fore Seasons

    During the cold of winter, it is sometimes difficult to find things to keep yourself busy or entertained. Most outdoor activities work best in warmer ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 11:13 am
  • Customer service etiquette 101

    I may not be perfect (I mean, anything is possible), but when I do my job, I try my best to do my best. I spend a lot of my time doing my work quietly ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 10:49 am
  • Column: How BuzzFeed’s choice affects us all

    In the age of President-elect Donald Trump, you never know what you’re going to read when logging in to your Facebook news feed or opening the newspap ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 10:51 am
  • Broken drive shaft

    Around 8 p.m. my phone rang. It was Ginnie.  “My car’s making a bad thumping noise,” she said. “I’m pulled over at the Hy-Vee parking lot.  I’m afraid ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Come together, right now, over football

    Is the NFL a barbaric distraction that diverts attention away from important issues facing the American public? Maybe.
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 10:23 am
  • Column: New Year’s Eve remodel

    Like a lot of couples, my husband and I celebrated New Year’s Eve by going out in Des Moines for a bite to eat and to ring in the new year. Unlike a l ...
    Jan. 10, 2017 - 10:36 am