“The Treat Lady” Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me.
The world currently (and historically) is a cluster (. . .
“Still Nagging” It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing.  
When it comes to policies, global or local, the present should never be considered the end goal.
“New Systems” I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body.
With National Poetry month coming to a close at the end of the week, and my own lack of creative writing throughout the ongoing pandemic, it felt wrong to ignore National Poetry month altogether—a month in which I used to write at least one new po

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Welcome to 2021. So many people say I am so glad to say goodbye to 2020 with a pandemic. But I do need to ask you very candidly, do we have any assurance that 2021 is going to be better? We don’t know that; do we? Frankly, we have no idea what’s going to happen. We could face brand-new troubles,...
“Swedish Surprise” My 2021 calendar is hanging from the closet door. Every year I’ve lived in this house, I’ve gotten a cloth calendar, hung from a dowel. My mother’s mother always had a cloth calendar hanging in the farmhouse kitchen. As soon as the year was over, the calendar would be...
“When the moon is in the Seventh House, And Jupiter aligns with Mars, Then Peace will guide the planets, And Love will steer the stars . . . Harmony and understanding, Sympathy and trust abounding, No more falsehoods or derisions, Golden living dreams or visions, Mystic crystal revelation...
Knowing Iowa’s 88th general assembly (2019-2020) ended as a mind-boggling head-spinner, hope springs eternal when the 89th general assembly (2021-2022) convenes on Jan. 11. With the Republican Party controlling the Iowa House, Senate and Governor’s office (2017-present), it’s important to know the...
It’s been a rough year. We started 2020 with all eyes on Iowa for the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating contest. The Iowa caucuses took place under the cloud of a presidential impeachment. That surreal moment in history was eclipsed by a deadly virus that disrupted life as we know it. No...
I love this time of year. The holidays are my absolute favorite, but not just because of the lights and food and family time. I also love that we have the opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and decide where we want to go. And if we’re being honest, we all need a fresh start after the...
“Throw Out the Empties” A fellow I know was grousing about the past year. His birthday was coming up and he felt, once again, that this year failed to meet his expectations. He was unhappy with the year, unhappy with himself, unhappy with the fact that he’d even allowed himself to hope that 2020...
My subconscious has a mind of its own. The irony of that statement is not lost on me. While the dreams I conjur in my waking hours come from my own will and desires, when I sleep, the direction they take is almost never one of my own choosing. While that is likely the experience of most everyone...
As they continue to face challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, rural small businesses and communities with loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program find themselves on the outside once again. Provisions of the Rural Equal Aid (REA) Act, a measure with...
Q: When can Iowans expect to be eligible for immunization? A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended states prioritize health care workers and long-term care residents during the initial rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive emergency use authorization (EUA)....

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