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Everybody needs a timeout.  When I was a kid, “timeout” was just becoming fashionable, like when the hula hoop took the country by swirl.  Instead of a spanking, a …

I had this week’s commentary written and submitted early Saturday afternoon, but clearly, things have changed. I wanted to write about my daughter’s belief that capitalism is getting a …

Do you remember that phrase our nation’s founders wrote in the preamble to the Constitution 237 years ago? The one about forming a more perfect union? We have hit some speed bumps in that …

On June 20, 98-year old Vern Dorothy of Mt. Pleasant, a World War II Navy Veteran, threw out the first pitch at a Burlington Bees baseball game.  The crowd, with more than polite applause, …

I’m headed on a getaway in memory of Mom. We used to rent a home in the Smoky Mountains every couple of years just to re-engage with each other. Usually a four-night, five-day affair where the …

You know how some memories stick with you for no logical reason? One such memory involves my dad in the 1960s when I was a teenager. After World War II, my father worked for the City of Bloomfield, …

On our cruise ship, the rugs in the elevators have the day of the week imprinted on them.  What a hoot!  Is it because there are so many seniors on board that the ship is like a floating …

This week I’m gonna talk to you a little about food. Yeah, I’m a foodie. I love to explore places away from the comfort of extreme southeast Iowa and sample food. I think I made up the …

I can prove that golf is a social game. I never get any better, but I keep meeting more and more people to play the game with. A friend of mine and I found our way to Riverside on Saturday to play …

It has been six months since a 17-year-old Perry High School student walked out of a school bathroom and began shooting toward students who were having breakfast before heading to their classes on …

In 1978 Mike and Marilyn Vincent of Mt. Pleasant welcomed their second-of-five Youth For Understanding students (Foreign Exchange Students).  This one from Finland.  Her name is Outi …

Ok. So here I go into an arena that I’m not really primed for. I haven’t been a fan of women’s basketball. Not until now. My brother was a girls' head coach for more than 20 years …

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