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  • What goes up doesn’t always come down

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct. 15, 2015Space and space exploration is having a ...
    June 30, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • Heat reading

    Sweltering in this August heat in June? Chill out with a good book and a Coke-Zero Float. Here are three “reads” you might consider.
    June 30, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • I get burned — once a year

    The first baseball and softball games of the season bring the usual excitement. The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the fans cheering or curs ...
    June 29, 2016 - 10:33 am
  • Oh the adventures

    I’m not sure there is ever a perfect day to go to Adventureland. I think no matter what, you are either going to deal with people, weather, cranky kid ...
    June 28, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Mental illness and policy

    I did my mother’s grocery shopping last Saturday. She’s 88 years old and uses a walker, so most “outside” jobs are mine now. Heading home after I put ...
    June 28, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Becoming ‘Marathon Meseke’

    I used to hate running. Absolutely hated it. That was 10 years ago. The year is now 2016 and I have run six marathons including the Boston Marathon. S ...
    June 27, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Puppy love

    I awoke with one of those starts that is most memorable because your heart is pounding so strongly in your chest you can hardly breathe. Once I came t ...
    June 27, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • The great class reunion dilemma

    I have my 35th class reunion coming up in a few weeks, and I have absolutely no desire to attend.The ...
    June 24, 2016 - 11:44 am
  • Episode VII: Attack of the Drones

    One part water, one part hot sauce and one part house cleaner. This is the home cure-all for a “Threat-Level Midnight” wasp invasion — at least accord ...
    June 28, 2016 - 1:45 pm
  • Hitchhiking

    My old faithful beater truck was in the shop getting its lungs replaced. The truck and I have something in common, we both wheeze.
    June 28, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • A little Hardee’s goes a long way

    Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area in the 1970s and 80s, there were tons of fast-food choices.I ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • Bon Appetit

    Kids are known for being picky when it comes to food. Unfortunately my kids are no different, but I feel like there might be hope on the horizon.
    June 21, 2016 - 11:48 am
  • One last plea to JT

    Nearly two weeks ago the Newton Can’t Stop the Feeling video was posted on YouTube. Today it has more than 15,000 views, yet we haven’t garnered any a ...
    June 20, 2016 - 11:14 am
  • Iowans heed call for pollinator habitat development

    In 2016, the Iowa Farm Service Agency, worked with Iowa farmers and landowners to convert 97,371 acres of cropland to new pollinator habitat plantings ...
    June 20, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • You just ‘do’ for family

    The things we do for our kids!When we begin our journey as parents, wouldn’t you agree we tend to th ...
    June 17, 2016 - 11:49 am