I returned to college after I turned 50. I had been working in business and, for a variety of reasons (reasons that required an entire book to explain) I was no longer willing or able to continue.
Just 48 hours after the hate-fueled and politically-motivated attack on Muslims in New Zealand, the debate over guns and semiautomatic weapons is in full force—a debate with which we here in the U.S. are all too familiar.
Nobody wakes up on their wedding day and thinks, I bet we’ll be divorced by this time next year. At least, I hope not.
I hear a lot about the next generation—entitled whiners with inflated expectations and unrealistic goals. Last night I had dinner with three of them.
An odd topic of discussion arose over the weekend that baffled my mother.
Greetings from Capitol Hill: First Funnel for the Iowa Legislature: A very busy week in the Iowa Legislature as we complete the first funnel of the 88th General Assembly.

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I returned to college after I turned 50. I had been working in business and, for a variety of reasons (reasons that required an entire book to explain) I was no longer willing or able to continue. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided I would jump through the necessary hoops and...
Just 48 hours after the hate-fueled and politically-motivated attack on Muslims in New Zealand, the debate over guns and semiautomatic weapons is in full force—a debate with which we here in the U.S. are all too familiar. However, the momentum behind the debate currently in New Zealand is far more...
Recently Salem Lutheran Church addressed a request from a same-sex couple to be married. We are in a process of prayer, conversation and discernment, whether to allow Salem’s pastor(s) the authority to use their discretion in approving and presiding over all pastoral acts taking place in the...
Q: What is Sunshine Week?  A: Sunshine Week celebrates open government and freedom of information. It coincides with the anniversary of James Madison’s birth on March 16. As the Founding Father wrote in Federalist 51: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” He further explained the...
Nobody wakes up on their wedding day and thinks, I bet we’ll be divorced by this time next year. At least, I hope not. Most of us have the highest hopes and dreams for our marriages. Sometimes, though, after a few years, reality sets in—in the form of debt, credit cards and financial infidelity—...
I hear a lot about the next generation—entitled whiners with inflated expectations and unrealistic goals. Last night I had dinner with three of them. My husband, Peter, and I are in Oaxaca, Mexico. It feels like the end of the world, this place where the continent becomes so narrow that the...
An odd topic of discussion arose over the weekend that baffled my mother. The current debate regarding fact versus fiction in our social and political spheres carries into (perhaps) unexpected places. In some of the most unexpected places, in fact: schools. Our educational system may seem like one...
Dear Editor, Just wanted to give a shout out to a couple Lake Mills businesses and our city crew. To our city crew for doing a great job moving ALL the snow we’ve already received this winter. Wow! You all go above and beyond and have worked hard to keep our roads accessible and travelable. To...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: First Funnel for the Iowa Legislature: A very busy week in the Iowa Legislature as we complete the first funnel of the 88th General Assembly. The Iowa House works to get their non-budget bills through committees to keep them alive this session. The first funnel...
The constantly changing opinions in America is a topic I tend to come back to again and again. With all of the dramatic and controversial policy proposals coming from our younger legislators, I have decided to pick up where I left off the last time. A few years ago, I found a “bipartisan index”...

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