Evaluating insurance needs Dear Dave,
“Dog Stories” My husband, Peter, and I miss having a dog. I see a lot of dogs on the trail during my daily hike, and so Peter (who is always full of good ideas—usually about things I should do) suggested I carry dog treats.
I’ve never needed a President, or any other figurehead, to pander to me or reaffirm my beliefs—I don’t expect it, and, frankly, would not care to listen.
Do you want control over your land? Letter to the Editor, Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making harmful decisions,  
“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.

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Consider rent-to-own? Dear Dave, I’m single, have no kids, and I’ve paid off all my debt. I’m ready to move to Baby Step 3, and increase my emergency fund to cover three to six months of expenses. Now that I’m gaining control of my finances, the idea of leaving apartment life and owning a home is...
 Okay, I get it. It’s easy to simply tell someone they should stop comparing themselves to other people. Talk is cheap. How do you actually stop comparing yourself to others? That’s the trick, and it’s an important one to learn. Comparison can become a bad habit that’s hard to break. But there are...
“Biscuits and Gravy” All of a sudden, there are painted rocks along my path. This has been going on for a while, I guess, but I never saw them in my neighborhood. Now, however, someone has more time on their hands, or a desire to reach out, or has lost their mind in isolation—whatever the reason—...
The inability to adapt and complete unwillingness to relinquish even the smallest conveniences, continues to expose the extent with which greed and apathy exist in our nation. With Memorial Day having passed, sacrifices have been at the forefront of most minds in the U.S., and yet the notion that...
May 20 was national “Be a Millionaire Day.” I know, it might be a strange thing to bring up at a time like this, when the economy is limping along thanks to the coronavirus shutdown. But I disagree. In fact, it’s more important than ever to stay focused on your wealth-building dreams. If you’re...
Iowans can’t be blamed for puzzling over the controversy going on in Washington regarding the Equal Rights Amendment. After all, Iowans voted to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens, regardless of sex, by ratifying the original ERA when they passed it on March 24, 1972....
In approving a $9.5 billion agriculture relief package in March, Congress asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use the funds to support producers, including livestock, specialty crops and local food producers. However, USDA’s new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) includes...
Q: What’s your message for Iowans during Foster Care Month? A: The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it across our state. Schools closed, forcing teachers, parents and students to adapt and adopt distance learning. Tens of thousands of Iowans lost their jobs when entire sectors of...
“Chatting with a Tree” Every day I look down the trail in either direction, checking to see if anyone is coming. I’d just as soon no one knew I was talking to a tree. I take the same hike every day. There are a lot of trails and most folks try different trails on different days. I don’t. I do my...
In honor of what would have been my dad’s 58th birthday, I thought it prudent to reflect on significant lessons I have learned in my own years. Wisdom most often comes from experience, and there is so much I have yet to understand. But don’t worry. I’ll try to keep up, Dad. 1—Life is a learning...

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