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  • Project complete — for now

    I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. After about a month and a half of construction our new living room is finished, pretty much.
    May 3, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Ain’t goin’ down ‘til the sun comes up

    I have a deep affinity for live music, so it’s not too difficult to talk me into concerts. Garth Brooks has always been a bucket-list type of wish bec ...
    May 2, 2016 - 11:09 am
  • Birds eye view

    In our house, we’re a bird family. Grandfather’s stone bird bath and mom’s bird house collection have left me curious and sensitive to these small and ...
    April 29, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • The good old days?

    ‘I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days, before you’ve actually left them.’Viewe ...
    May 3, 2016 - 3:19 pm
  • ‘We gather here today...’

    During the 2015 Christmas season, I had a driveway moment while listening to NPR. “All Things Considered” was previewing Prince’s 39th — yes that’s th ...
    April 28, 2016 - 10:46 am
  • Jasper County Conservation’s Environmental Education program

    Has your child or grandchild ever come home from school and excitedly reported that Katie Cantu or Greg Oldsen came to visit? Did you have any idea wh ...
    April 28, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Spring reading

    One of my readers recommended “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, about “Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Oly ...
    April 28, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Virtuosos give us reason to celebrate

    Joe Satriani, Janis Joplin and Prince are musicians who give us a reason to celebrate.One of the dic ...
    April 27, 2016 - 10:24 am
  • More choices for more women

    As the 2016 Iowa Legislative session is winding down, the finishing touches are being applied to the various budget bills that need to be passed befor ...
    April 26, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Facing my fears

    Last weekend I did something I normally avoid: gardening. I like the outdoors, flowers and most things green, but lurking beneath the soil is probably ...
    April 26, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Teen Beat, Doogie and bragging rights

    When I was growing up, there was nothing quite like diving into the latest edition of Teen Beat, searching for the celebrity centerfold poster and sec ...
    April 25, 2016 - 11:06 am
  • Many benefits from Iowa’s commitment to renewable energy

    Iowa is a leader in clean, renewable energy. Our efforts are allowing us to leave behind fuels that pollute our air and water while creating good jobs ...
    April 25, 2016 - 11:05 am
  • Fill the world with hope

    Based on these beliefs, and reflecting the diverse communities within which we operate, . Their continued work and volunteer endeavors commiting to s ...
    April 22, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Chow, baby

    I fixed liver and onions for dinner the other night. Mmmm … can’t you just smell the onions caramelizing in the butter? My choice for our evening menu ...
    April 22, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • We owe it to our seniors

    Last weekend we were doing a little gardening at my girlfriend’s parent’s Des Moines north side home. While weeding a bed of tulips, we could see from ...
    April 21, 2016 - 10:54 am