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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 …

For many years, an Iowa State University political science professor and I met several times a year for coffee and conversation. During our coffee klatches, I probed my friend’s thinking on …

Oleg Karakash was a seaman from Kiliay, Ukraine.  Where he was from, in the southern Odesa Region, most of the men worked as seamen or in Europe.  The war was in the east, and hadn't …

Well, the political landscape is becoming very active. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was in town Saturday getting a Wallyburger at the Fort Diner. A bunch of people gathered around the iconic …

Back where I came from, you do not expect to have a bomb-sniffing dog circle your car when you pull into the parking lot for Sunday church services. But that is what occurred. After the dog’s …

Hell froze over. The sun rose in the west. Death and taxes are the only members left in the sure-thing family. NASCAR’s Cup Series is coming to Iowa Speedway in 2024. Yeah, …

I knew the book was good.  We were on vacation in a seaside paradise, and all I wanted to do was return to the motel room and read (study) Karoleen Fober's manuscript that she had asked me to …

AI’s starting to bust my buttons. Not A1, I kind like that savory sauce with hints of raisin and orange on steak when I break down and eat beef. But AI – Artificial Intelligence - …

Leaving the veterinarian's office, carrying Buddy wrapped in a blanket, his head barely peeking out, a person coming into the vet's office said, “Ah, poor Buddy!”  I realized people, …

Is it just me or is life just hazy right now? I had to put a new taillight assembly in my truck and paid close to $200 for it. I asked what the markup was and they told me it was one of the …

Many decades ago, Mrs. Gentry and Mr. Halferty put up with an inquisitive kid’s classroom questions about American democracy and the workings of government. I did not imagine back then how the …

The sole of my sandal started flapping, then came off all together (which made me limp), while walking to an interstate rest stop in Tennessee.  Well, duh!  People looked at me like I was …

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