It all came together so quickly, it was almost too easy.
My wife put out a hummingbird feeder this year. We spent more time in the yard last summer, and noticed the birds buzzing around more than we had before. So, this summer, we figured we’d set out a meal for them and see what happened.
I’ve been lucky with my sports teams over the years. I’ve seen multiple championships from both the Cardinals and the Cowboys, to say nothing of Manchester United (the past several years notwithstanding).
Every so often, I see a meme come across my social media pages. It says something along the lines of “Pay attention to the mom who doesn’t have her hair perfectly styled, her nails done,” and so on. “They’re the ones putting their children first.”
I’ve written about my fondness for fountain pens before. A good fountain pen is, for me, the pinnacle of writing. There is simply nothing that matches the experience of using a quality pen on paper made to reward such an instrument.
I came across an article from the New York Times the other day on the pressures of modern parenting. While not all of it was relatable to me, there were some parts that really struck me.
I was sitting in my car the other night, watching my son practice baseball while working on a project for the kids in my religious education class. Suddenly I became very grateful for all the parents — and others — willing to take the time to volunteer to guide our children.
Picture this—you’ve worked at a job for 20 years, and it’s time for you to sign your annual contract. However this year, unlike any year before, you have no guarantee as to what job you’ll be performing, how much you’ll earn per hour, or what your health coverage will be. If you don’t like w…
This is a pretty good time of year for me as a sports fan. Spring training is underway and, with some of the changes made last year and some of the additions from the offseason, I’m cautiously optimistic for the Cardinals.
One of the speakers at the Iowa Newspaper Association convention a couple weeks back made an interesting point. Law enforcement once encouraged 1960s parents to monitor their children for possible drug use by taking note of what music they listened to.
I spent yesterday in Des Moines for the annual Iowa Newspaper Association Convention. It was a good day for the Courier, with wins in the Associated Press Managing Editors competition for two editorials and our coverage of the Bridal Cottage fire from last year.
This job, like pretty much any other, can be a royal pain in the neck sometimes. But I’m not going to waste this space complaining. Instead, I’m going to talk about one of the genuine benefits.
I have a weakness for gadgets. It’s a common condition among geeks, which I most certainly am. I’m able to resist most of the time, but every now and then something comes along that simply bypasses my firewall and goes directly into my “must have” file.
Anyone who knows me that once Christmas and New Year’s are past, winter is my least favorite time of year. Even though I’ve lived in Iowa my whole life, my body does not do well with the cold.
Thank you for bringing attention in your editorial December 1st to the fact that the Wapello County Board of Supervisors has not maintained fair and equitable salary levels for its other elected officials.
There is nothing positive about a threat of violence but the district is proud of how students are responding to things they see or hear. They are going to a trusted adult and reporting. While it takes a village to raise a child, it takes all of us working together to ensure our schools are …
I’m not writing anything this week. Today is World AIDS Day. Tucker Shaw, an editor with Cook’s Country and America’s Test Kitchen, said more and with greater eloquence than I could. This was his Twitter feed back on Sept. 17, reprinted with his permission:
I had a good dog growing up. Mischief was a Sheltie who didn’t follow any of the rules for his breed. Most Shelties are small and shy. Mischief was nearly the size of a collie and never met a stranger.
I took physics in high school. Perhaps the best way to describe the results is disastrous. And it was predictable, given my earlier difficulties in chemistry. There’s a reason I chose a career that isn’t connected to high energy experiments.
This Week's Circulars
HOMESTEAD [mdash]Dean Brain passed away March 10, 2019, at Baptist Hospital, Homestead, Florida. Masonic service is set for Sunday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church, Hedrick, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.
BLOOMFIELD [mdash]Sheila Rae Early of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa, Iowa. Sheila was born December 28, 1943, to Ray and Helen (Drennan) Beckett in Springfield, Illinois. Her family moved to Edina, Missouri and she graduated from Ed…
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