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  • It’s always nice to go home

    Editor’s note: This column originally published March 25, 2016We are those empty nest people that ha ...
    NEW: March 24, 2017 - 10:05 am
  • Let’s all go to the lobby

    Editor’s note: This column was originally published March 31, 2016.At the time of my first trip to t ...
    NEW: March 24, 2017 - 10:05 am
  • Column: The gift of friendship

    Life has a strange way of putting certain people in your life who just fit. People talk about making fast friends with someone, and I know first hand ...
    March 23, 2017 - 10:35 am
  • Column: Taking on addiction, discovering hope

    There’s an old joke, usually attributed to Mark Twain, that goes something like this: “It’s easy to quit smoking ... I’ve done it hundreds of times.”
    March 22, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Column: March Madness

    I am a fan of March Madness, tournament basketball and the excitement that comes from upsets and Cinderella teams. While the dozens of games that took ...
    March 21, 2017 - 10:43 am
  • Hot dang

    Hot Tamales have always kind of been my special treat. While some have a thing for chocolate, this hot cinnamon chewy goodness and I have a longstandi ...
    March 20, 2017 - 9:59 am
  • Popped to perfection

    Who doesn’t like popcorn?It’s the perfect snack. Not complicated, just delicious and for the most pa ...
    March 17, 2017 - 9:52 am
  • Column: Art works!

    When we provided an update on the Colfax-Mingo school district’s decision to not fill their elementary arts teacher position in February, there were t ...
    March 17, 2017 - 10:15 am
  • Column: Bringing Jersey to Iowa

    “Oh, what a night” at the Des Moines Civic Center. I was among the many excited theatre goers who filed in to see opening night of “Jersey Boys” Tuesd ...
    March 16, 2017 - 10:10 am
  • Column: Wedding bells and tired eyes

    That time of year has hit — most everyone is groaning over the remnants of snow and the bitter cold that is still lingering in March.
    March 15, 2017 - 10:27 am
  • Column: Staycation

    Last weekend, to beat some of the winter blues and cure our cabin fever, my family took a little staycation. We didn’t go far, about 30 miles west to ...
    March 14, 2017 - 10:12 am
  • Column: Frosty — everything

    On Friday afternoon I sent a text to my best friend who just returned from a weeklong trip. I had made tentative plans to go see her upon her return b ...
    March 13, 2017 - 10:30 am
  • Column: Live from Facebook

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct.19, 2016 During the height of the Apollo progra ...
    March 10, 2017 - 10:42 am
  • The basketball rush

    I love watching good basketball. It has never been my “favorite” sport, but the game has been in my blood thanks to both of my parents.
    March 9, 2017 - 10:04 am
  • Column: Embracing rugged individualism

    Capitalism is a finicky beast. It inspires innovation. It births billionaires. It depends on an over-worked, under-paid class of folks who buy into th ...
    March 8, 2017 - 10:21 am