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  • Who packs your parachute?

    At church the other day, I heard a rather moving sermon.I realize all sermons should speak to you on ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 10:07 am
  • Holm for the holidays

    When Holly Holm came out to do a post-fight news conference after a 2009 pro boxing victory, she had some people to meet with first.
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:33 am
  • Political word salad

    Have you ever noticed how politicians, or talking heads with the 24-hour news networks, like to use metaphors and analogies? They try (emphasis on “tr ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 10:33 am
  • Disney on Ice, here we come

    For the third year in a row, my kids, husband and I will be attending Disney on Ice at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. When ranking the excitement ea ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 11:17 am
  • Don’t let fear win

    When I traveled for the first time to Montana in the summer of 2014 I was able to meet and get a photo with Gov. Steve Bullock on my first day in Big ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:55 am
  • Things that go bump

    There’s something odd going on in my house. I’m not necessarily saying it’s haunted, but peculiar things occur and try as I might, I can’t always debu ...
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Shop local this holiday

    Other places worth visiting: Aleya, Maytag Dairy Farms, Shoe Depot, Game Stop, Cato, Hallmark, Hendrickson's, Skiff Gift Store,
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Thanksgiving on a Pigboat

    It was Thanksgiving Day, 1944. Petty Officer Dean Dixon, from Bloomfield was on duty aboard the submarine, USS Hammerhead, in the South China Sea. The ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Politics don’t belong in refugee crisis conversation

    Martin O’Malley is arguably the least aggressive out of the three candidates running for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. But in Saturd ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • The Bucs stop, with a better product

    Some of the online reviews for Buccaneer Arena say the home of Des Moines’ junior hockey outline the characteristics of the facility and the games acc ...
    Nov. 18, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • 10-0

    As far as I know, I have never been a part of making history or setting any significant records. Saturday I was a part of both.
    Nov. 17, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • From tragedy to triumph

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Nov. 17, 2014.A 9-year-old girl with no bed.A mother ...
    Nov. 16, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • They call it puppy love

    I love my dogs. We currently have three canines living at our house, maybe I should say IN our house. Nearly 300 pounds worth. I have dubbed myself th ...
    Nov. 13, 2015 - 10:59 am
  • Some things we don't talk about

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Nov. 14, 2014.It was late in the evening Tuesday nig ...
    Nov. 13, 2015 - 10:58 am
  • It’s the time of year to be with the ones you love

    Editors note: This story originally appeared in the Dec. 18, 2014 edition of the Newton Daily News.M ...
    Nov. 12, 2015 - 11:11 am