Beside the Point

The holidays are past us and the last thing I want is to hear another Christmas song. I had a lot of trips through Missouri running people to and from the airport and I either listen to sports radio …

The last week of each year is usually set for things like resolutions and toasts to the past 51 weeks. This has been my first full year of living on my own. I’m not joking about that. 2023 was …

Have you ever seen a dog try to play with a ball…that’s me trying to wrap Christmas packages. I do it right. I really do. I get everything out and make room by moving all my furniture to …

I have to say that I’m really enjoying this Indian Summer were experiencing right now - but at some point, we have to have some winter. A friend of mine said she was missing the summer and we …

My oldest daughter nailed Thanksgiving this year. She made the trip in from Brooklyn and was begrudgingly prepared for a crockpot buffet at my brother’s house, but when I told her she was …

There were rankled moods this past week as the city council went about their due diligence in finding a new city manager. There’s some in the city that don’t feel like we need a city …

There’s something about a hot shower that brings clarity to the mind. Think about it. The best ideas come to you when warm to hot water is rushing over your body. It’s clarity. After …

People are so different anymore. I remember growing up and being impressed with the “good neighbor” culture. Helping push a car out of the snow, helping the elderly carry things when you …

I like to surround myself with positive people. Following our local sports lends itself to few and far between championships, so you know we have to be getting thick-skinned about losing along the …

Fort Madison Partners hooked us up with another candidate forum this week. We got a no-so-good look at those who had the courage to put their names on a ballot to serve their community. …

Music has always been an important part of my family’s life. Mom was always an Elvis fan and I think she had a stint where she crushed a little on Barry Manilow. I might get the stink eye for …

I woke up Friday with a gentle rain tapping on the shingles just outside my second-story north window. A breeze carrying the fresh smell of a fall rain brushed in through the bedroom about four feet …

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