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Getting in the holiday spirit

Getting in the holiday spirit

The holiday spirit has finally found its way to our house. After waiting a little bit to get our tree in hopes it wouldn’t shed every pine n…
Couples challenge

Couples challenge

I’m so glad we rent. It’s not that my wife Betsy and I are averse to homeownership. We’d love to have our own Victorian-style cottage or cob…
Money buys the simple life

Money buys the simple life

One of the best parts about getting a little holiday vacation time with family is reflecting on what you want out of life.
Wish granted

Wish granted

It would be an understatement to say I was excited that “Disney’s Aladdin” was coming to the Des Moines Civic Center. “Aladdin” has been my …
The best part of Dec isn’t Christmas

The best part of Dec isn’t Christmas

If an apocryphal event were to befall my hometown of Staunton, Va., and archaeologists uncovered the ruins centuries later, they might concl…
Be careful, Santa

Be careful, Santa

Editor’s Note: This column originally ran Dec. 15, 2015.Santa Claus almost messed up this year. And …
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