“The Cigar Box” I spent the weekend in New York City. I hadn’t been to New York in quite a while. I was performing at a theater conference and so was traveling alone, without my husband, Peter.
The Iowa caucuses begin in less than two weeks—the first in the nation, as we are often reminded. A position that is treated as prestigious, without any real rationale as to where the prestige comes from.
We are on our way again. This will be my eighth year as your state representative. I believe that we have done an excellent job taking care of our state during this period of time.
Q: What should Iowans know about human trafficking?
“Unexpected Cowboy” I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys.
Keep your dignity, and work your way out Dear Dave,

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Getting motivated Dear Dave, My wife is so charged up after reading your books, and now she is determined to get us out of debt. I know this is good idea, but I just don’t have the passion for it she does. There are also some things I really don’t want to give up. Do you have some suggestions for...
“Summer Birthdays” It was my birthday this week. Those of you with summer birthdays know it’s a little different. In the middle of March, everyone says, “Wow! A birthday party!” You bring treats to school and everyone is happy for an excuse to celebrate. It’s different for the summer kids....
It’s a troubling thing, when there is such an abundance of overwhelmingly bad news—much of it saddening updates on ongoing issues—that I am unable to sort out what to say. I often find myself being repetitive in my writings here; but that only makes sense when the same problems persist, with no...
One of the seven money habits I often talk about is simply “Make a Plan for Your Money.” It’s so basic, but so many people don’t do it on a regular basis. Another way of saying this—and hang with me here—is you need to make a budget. I know what you’re thinking. Budgeting is so boring. I get that....
Honesty and togetherness Dear Dave, I’ve never hidden debt from my husband, but I do hide money from him on occasion. I don’t hide it for my personal use, but I have been setting money aside for emergencies without his knowledge. He’s not terrible with money, and he works very hard, but he always...
“Singing Lessons” I’m having fun singing.   I started singing lessons a few weeks ago. My teacher lives out of town, but every other week she teaches in her parents’ house—the house she grew up in—just a few minutes away. So, I drive to a little house in the suburbs, meet her parents’ two...
Have you ever watched a scene in a movie where multiple characters—often with ill-intent—fight over something valuable, in some cases literally grappling with it amongst themselves in a sort of tug-of-war, until whatever they were fighting over inevitably falls; breaking or becoming forever lost?...
As the United States gets ready to celebrate its 243rd birthday, I’m reminded of moments in American history that distinguish our nation as the land of the free and home of the brave. These moments have shown how America’s quest for independence paved the way for freedom from tyranny at home and...
Helping friends Dear Dave, I’m on Baby Step 2 of your plan, and I’ll be debt-free except for my home by the end of the year. I have a friend who is very irresponsible with his money, and he often asks to “borrow” cash between paychecks. I don’t want to be cruel, but things are getting out of hand...
“Anniversary Toast” This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time. Whenever I try to buy a card for my mom or dad, I have a heck of a hard time. I almost bought a “blank inside” card because there wasn’t...

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