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Just like Aspen

I don't know.Several weeks ago, we experienced a very sudden loss. My beautiful 8-year-old golden re…

Love and Baseball

There were moments of Déjà vu as I entered the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown last weekend. I had flashbacks from three months ago…

Love affair with a garden

I told Ginnie our life here on the Empty Nest Farm was all part of our art — the garden, and the animals, even the aronia bushes. She agreed…

I hate goodbyes

I hate goodbyes. Farewells aren’t my forte, but this week I’ve had to say goodbye to a good friend as well as a coworker. With my friend Jul…

Q&A: Inspector General Act

Q: Why did Congress write the Inspector General Act of 1978?A: Enacted 40 years ago, the federal law…

Pity party

For the past few weeks, my youngest daughter has been throwing herself one giant pity party. I can’t pinpoint the exact time it started, but…

‘What are you doing here?’

It is 3 a.m. Monday morning at the Newton Daily News. I am working late at the office. My eyes are droopy. My brain is loopy. And I am compl…

Time for some R&R

So anyway ...Mick and I took what we felt was a well-deserved vacation last week to the Black Hills.…

Still on my mind

Those who know me know I am surrounded by teachers. My parents are career educators, my sister and her husband teach high school and my brot…

Bones discovered under hen house

I’ve known for a long time that there were bones under our hen house. A year ago this spring, when I was patching up the floor of the shed, …

Car guy

I’m not sure exactly when I became a “car guy,” but I think it I think it was probably just shy of my 14th birthday. That summer, two events…
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