“The World of Birds” The raven nest was the big news this spring.
Ignorance is one of those concepts that—no matter how obvious or widespread it becomes—never ceases to sicken and surprise with the ridiculous power it holds over certain portions of the population.
 “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past, control the future.”—from George Orwell’s “1984.”
Q: What is the Great American Outdoors Act?
“My Neighbors the Superheroes” I think my next-door-neighbors might be superheroes. They both work with computers (at least that’s what they say) and then, every spare moment, they are off doing superhero type things.
It would be laughable if it weren’t so vomit-inducingly disturbing to see where the priorities of many Americans lie. Statues. Stone.

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“The World of Birds” The raven nest was the big news this spring. Our neighbor, Joe, who belongs to every social organization in town, found himself with very little to do. So, every afternoon, Joe parked himself in his Adirondack chair and watched the ravens—frequently with a cocktail. This...
Ignorance is one of those concepts that—no matter how obvious or widespread it becomes—never ceases to sicken and surprise with the ridiculous power it holds over certain portions of the population. COVID cases going up in almost every state? Not surprised. Another excuse for an inexcusable stunt...
 “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past, control the future.”—from George Orwell’s “1984.” An article I read, followed by a friend’s email, spurred something in my memory that I’ll try to relate here. I realized that several unpleasant and threatening...
Q: What is the Great American Outdoors Act? A: Last year, Congress permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), ensuring a federal commitment to conservation, habitat protection, water quality and access to outdoor recreation. The 56-year-old federal law provides funds to...
“My Neighbors the Superheroes” I think my next-door-neighbors might be superheroes. They both work with computers (at least that’s what they say) and then, every spare moment, they are off doing superhero type things. My neighbor, Jason, runs 100-mile marathons. He’s even done a few 200-plus-...
It would be laughable if it weren’t so vomit-inducingly disturbing to see where the priorities of many Americans lie. Statues. Stone. The fact that I have to waste a line of reasoning on this while the bigger picture— the entire reason—behind these incidents, is completely missed or altogether...
The phrase “we have met the enemy and they are us” is not only what Oliver Hazard Perry uttered after the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, used on a poster to promote Earth Day in 1970 and was portrayed in Walt Kelley’s `Pogo’ comic strip referring to the turmoil caused by the Vietnam War, it’s apropos...
In 2008, Congress unanimously approved the Inspector General Reform Act to promote political independence of agency watchdogs and discourage outside interference with their duty to combat fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. This law followed a handful of cases that involved inspectors general...
Q: What’s your greatest concern in 2020 regarding elder abuse? A: The global pandemic has exposed grave concerns our society must confront to protect the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. Approximately 1.4 million Americans live in about 15,000 nursing homes across the country. Many Iowans have a...
“The Agate Polisher” I don’t think it’s my imagination that Father’s Day seems like a last-minute add-on. “Oh! We have Mother’s Day. We probably should do something for fathers. . .” On Mother’s Day, a bouquet of flowers or brunch seems to do nicely every year. There isn’t an equivalent gesture...

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