Marriage is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, so the last thing you want to do is go in unprepared.
This week, Mandy and Tom, my former sister-in-law and brother-in-law, came to visit.
Q: What does a recent report card about lawmakers tell Iowans about your work in Congress?
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. A day that focuses on romantic love, but is more appropriately a day to celebrate love in all its forms—with beloved friends, close relatives, even the furry members of the family.
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Supplemental State Aid and School Transportation Costs:
I sit here in disappointed wonder and, paraphrasing a Bible verse, I’m asking: “What hath mankind wrought?”

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I sliced my hand open last week. My husband, Peter, says I am accident prone and I tell him this is not true. But this past Thursday while trying to scrape some particularly stubborn avocado off my favorite sharp knife, I reinforced Peter’s claim and opened up a rather large wound just above my...
“I’m spiritual, but not religious,” is a phrase that I am sure we have all heard at some point. This is a phrase I am guilty of utilizing to explain my relationship with organized religion. To some, this may sound callow, or perhaps insouciant, but I am firm in my beliefs. “What beliefs?” You may...
Is your side hustle starting to feel like a second full-time job? Or maybe you’re a stay-at-home mom whose home-based business is taking off, and you want to dedicate more time to it. You’re not alone. According to a study by GoDaddy, more than half of millennials and almost a quarter of baby...
Let her take care of the payments Dear Dave, My daughter is in college, and I’ve always warned her to stay away from credit cards. Recently, I learned she got a department store credit card despite my advice. She has stayed within her credit limit, but she has never made any of the payments. At...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Contested Election: Monday, January 28, 4:30 p.m. After receiving a report from the Contested Election Committee (CEC), the Iowa House voted to dismiss a contested election for House District 55. The contestant, Kayla Koethers, originally lost to incumbent, Michael...
Nearly every day I talk to my friend the tree. There, I’ve said it. Every day I take the same walk into the woods; I see changes in the forest throughout the year and, at about the halfway point, I see my friend the tree, waiting for me. “Hey,” I say. The tree greets me. (It’s subtle, but I see...
Q: What is the Fallen Heroes Flag Act?   A: This federal law provides the American public one way to pay tribute to the legions of heroes across the country who pay the ultimate sacrifice in service to their neighborhoods and communities. Community helpers and first-responders who run towards...
Little Richard While on a trip, I found him really slick At first they called him Richard, Now they call him Dick He works for the Government, His specialty is Tax The poll I have taken, Says give him the axe Why pay the tax man, when you go out to eat You can’t sustain your weight, if you...
I admit, I thought this week I would write something about Valentine’s Day, or my cats, or something else both light-hearted and fitting of this slow season. But this deserves reiteration. By now the news of the temporary reopening of the government has spread, and worries and wonders abound. I...
Don’t play the game Dear Dave, How do you feel about timeshares, and the free trips and dinners they offer as part of their sales pitches? Is it possible to win with these things? Dan Dear Dan, In my opinion, timeshares are a complete waste of time and money. Lots of folks go into this kind of...

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