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  • It’s the time of year to be with the ones you love

    My good buddy Mikey always has something up his sleeve. When invited over for cocktails or an intimate gathering, he always walks up my apartment step ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:07 am
  • ‘Redeployment’ by Phil Klay

    I can’t recall ever reading a book of short stories where the first-person narrator is a different person in each story. Yep, Phil Klay did it. Typica ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:01 am
  • When the Spice Girls make you feel old

    “Fame! I’m gonna live forever!” Some of us will recognize that line, especially if we were already a ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:52 am
  • A trip to see the big guy

    Like a lot people who have children, my husband and I made the trek to Bass Pro Shop to visit Santa with our two little girls. We have been doing this ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:51 am
  • Good cop, bad cop

    Lately I’ve been thinking about my first job in high school. I was a waitress at a family-run restaurant that was a good blend of personalities, both ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 12:21 pm
  • The most humble time of the year

    I’ve grown up blessed without much worry. Every December, I seem to joyfully skip around with a chee ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:01 am
  • Harkin takes victory lap to close Senate era

    Iowa’s outgoing democratic Senator Tom Harkin had his curtain call last weekend on various regional and statewide media outlets after serving five ter ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 10:47 am
  • Race Relations in America

    Race riots across the country, white police officers shooting black people, accusations of racism, discrimination and reverse discrimination fill the ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • Take my money — just don't take all of it

    As the holiday shopping season rolls along, many of us are thinking more about how much we’re going to spend or not spend on gifts and other purchases ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Home Sweet Home

    After 106, sometimes long, days, my family finally moved back to our house, or as my oldest calls it “our yellow home.” That was about 100 days longer ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Rockin' around the Charlie Brown Christmas tree

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and probably one of the busiest.Having hosted Thanksgiving ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Happiness!

    The Ray Conniff Singers tells us, or sings to us, that “happiness is different things to different people. On the desert, it’s a drink, drink, drink. ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Use 2 numerals, 1 special character in life

    Usernames and passwords are becoming my archrivals. They’re not my archrivals in the way that villai ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:18 am
  • Happy holidays

    Oh, the holidays. A time to gather with family and friends to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company and try to minimize the messes, fights and temp ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 11:30 am
  • Santa’s little ‘helper’

    I caught a glimpse of his smug little smile before I’d even managed to make my way to the coffeepot Sunday morning.
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 11:39 am
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