Beside the Point

I've been thinking about fruits a lot lately. I don't know why. I guess its something 54-year-olds do when they're not doing sprints with their rehabbed sciatic. But I was at Aldi's the other day …

For the first time in more than 30 years, I didn't make a Thanksgiving turkey. The only smell in my house was the warm aroma of roasted garlic and onion. Adding those to your mashed potatoes …

I'm 54 years old. There I said it. I'm 6'3" tall, too. My wife insists I'm 6'2" but she lives in Texas now so I don't give a crap. I'm at my high school weight so that's a good thing. But the …

I flew to NYC kind of on a whim over the weekend, so this is 2:20 am. version for this week. I'm sitting in my Double Tree hotel in the Financial district getting ready for a Sunday in the city …

We talk a lot here about the right for the public to have access to elected officials. Whether its the Chapter 21 or Chapter 22 we stand by the public's right to address grievances against their …

This is a great time of year. The salmon and bright red leaves on our front yard tree are gorgeous against the white brick of our historic, but frustratingly old, home on the east side of …

The house is kinda empty so the television is on a lot. It keeps my birds happy and chirping. Keeps me a bit distracted as well. But as I was working on this week's Beside the Point, a …

Get our your tennis shoes and knee braces and block off some time. We are in a health care crisis and the best advice may be to take the bull by the horns. In the last month, Blessing Health …

Lee Rood is an investigative reporter for the Des Moines Register and did a piece this week on expected increases in property assessments coming next year. The piece indicated that Polk County …

Blessing's closure of the hospital in Keokuk is really a matter of life and death. We can see the dramatics on full display as Lee County grapples with funding an additional full-time ambulance …

My daughter is a very worldly person. This past week she got on a train and headed to New London, Connecticut to watch "I know This Much is True," a live production with Mark Ruffalo. Mark is the …

Seeing the throngs of people at Rodeo Park on Thursday brought back memories of the annual cross country meet that was held there for years. Something was a bit special about Thursday's Timm Lamb …

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