“My Treat Bag” Dax stared at me in disbelief. I am the Treat Lady, and I had no treats. It was inexplicable.
“If fascism comes, it will not be identified with any ‘shirt’ movement, nor with an ‘insignia,”’but will be wrapped up in the American flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution.”
The legislative session for 2021 begins on January 11 and promises to be unique in many ways. We will be gathering in person, but will have many adjustments to make to limit the number of people in one space and allow for social distancing.
“Swedish Surprise” My 2021 calendar is hanging from the closet door.
“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,
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.

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“Big, Ridiculous Goal” My friend, Anita, is felting up a storm. Philip is cooking something new and posting a photo of it every day. Megan is reading Shakespeare on video, Jason is doing woodwork projects, Tom and Mary and Katie are sewing thousands of masks, and Peggy is studying Spanish, German...
Unfortunately, many Ameri-cans will be unable to celebrate the holidays with their extended family and friends in person this year, making it all the more important to boost holiday cheer at home. Here are few festive ideas for getting into the holiday spirit during this socially distant season...
Q: What’s your take-away on the 2020 farm economy? A: Between the historic derecho and once-a-century pandemic, 2020 has served up unprecedented challenges for farm families across the state. Disruptions to the food supply chain delivered a reality check to Americans, reminding consumers that food...
It should come as no surprise that the holiday season—as those that preceded it—will not be as we would expect if this were any other year. While the tree may already be up and decorations heavily underway in our house, the vibe—so to speak—has been severely lacking. At least in my case. Any...
Don’t let money fights steal your joy Dear Dave, My husband and I usually have a few disagreements around the holidays when it comes to Christmas spending. Do you have any advice for eliminating this kind of thing, and making the financial side of Christmas a little less stressful? Kellie Dear...
Changes are coming to U.S. trade policy, but it is too early to tell if we should expect dramatic waves or subtle ripples during the next four years. In the past decade, we have seen a significant shift by both Republicans and Democrats against free trade. This is tracked with changes in public...
In spring 2020, we heard terrible stories of overburdened hospitals leading to preventable deaths in Italy. Soon after, these stories started to hit closer to home—New York City. Now, as  COVID-19 surges to a new peak, these shortages have even reached rural areas, where hospital systems are...
Q: Has Operation Warp Speed accelerated the development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and treatments? A: Yes. The nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently said it has been “beyond historic.” As the novel coronavirus continues to wrap around the world, the Trump...
“Working at Gratitude” I have always loved Thanksgiving. I love that it is a holiday built around a full table and homemade treats. I love the recipes, handed down on index cards that only get made once a year, and traditions that bring back childhood memories and the chance to use linen napkins...
I have never been a superstitious person, generally speaking, but 2020 has certainly made me (if possible) even more cautious. Though I’ve always operated with the mindset that nothing is guaranteed, this year in particular, has made it difficult to feel thankful for the present, in any regard. I...

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