“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,
It’s the first month of a new year, and with new beginnings new goals are set, new plans laid out, new dreams forged for the next year ahead (or five years, or 10, etc.). At least, that is commonly the case.
What do you think will be the top priorities for the 2020 legislative session?
 Q: What’s in store for 2020?
The year 2020 has not so subtly began and it seems that, so far, it’s just more of the same. Somehow we seem to regress as the years advance, rather than progress. Because the world doesn’t progress linearly: everything is a cycle.

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The Graphic office intercepted a letter intended for Santa last week (don’t worry, we made sure it got where it needed to go), and it struck me that not everything changes with time—the toys may go by different names, or come with more features, but the trends—for the most part—stay the same. And...
Decisions and sacrifices Dear Dave, We have two preschool kids, and I’m a stay-at-home mom. My husband brings home about $2,500 a month, and our mortgage payment is $1,000 a month. Recently, we’ve had to tap into our savings in order to pay the bills. Should I go back to work? There are a couple...
During this season of Thanksgiving, Americans gather with friends and family to count our blessings. Blessed to live in the land of the free and home of the brave, we give thanks to the courageous sons and daughters who put their lives on the line to secure freedom and liberty from one generation...
Each day, 29 million students participate in the national school lunch program. The Center for Rural Affairs and Nebraska Food Council advocate for the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization, with inclusion of the Farm to School Act and Kids Eat Local Act, to bring responsible food choices into...
“Transatlantic Turnaround” My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read. “Death at sea?” I asked. “No, the part before that!” Peter clarified. Peter...
The holiday season is officially in full swing and with it, unfotunately, comes more than “comfort and joy.” Don’t get me wrong: the last three months of the year are my favorite, and not just because of the holidays. The sparkling, crisp air, the calm of the evenings, the irresistible (and...
Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave, I’m 23, debt-free, and I’ve almost got my fully-funded emergency fund in place. I was curious about your thoughts on saving up money to buy a duplex, living on one side, and renting out the other. It would be my first home purchase, and my first rental property...
Q: What’s the progress report since the EPA approved year-round sales of E15? A: At the start of the busy driving season, the Trump administration approved year-round sales of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, ending the summer ban on the retail sales of E15. The ruling delivered welcome...
Q: Why is November celebrated as National Adoption Month? A: As the saying goes, home is where the heart is. For many Americans, the nation’s Thanksgiving holiday is a national homecoming that brings friends and families together from near and far on the fourth Thursday of November. Gathering with...
“Season’s Edge” “I like the edge season!” my husband, Peter, said, as we watched the moon rise over the mountains and felt a chill breeze rise with it. As far as I know, Peter invented this expression. He might have meant the “season’s end,” but I like the idea of the “season’s edge” better....

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Lake Mills, IA 50450

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