“Mouse Wars” My husband Peter is now at war with the mice.
• 6.7 acres of land up in flame. • 200,000 dead (and counting) as a result of an ignored global pandemic. • 350 killed, plus more injured, from mass shootings that even a global pandemic cannot slow.
Recovering from and restarting individual lives and the country after a pandemic is hard work.
Dear Editor, Harvest is a busy time in our rural communities, as farmers get out in the field to harvest the year’s crops. Harvest also means combines and large farm eqiupment will be sharing the road with daily commuters.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? We all have at some point in our lives, especially when we’re faced with the unknown, something we can’t control, or a season of life when our to-do list seems never ending. Wait, isn’t that every season?
Q: What USDA assistance is available for crops damaged by the derecho?

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As it turns out, Regular Readers, a week without “inspiration,” is always preferable to one with “inspiration.” At least when it comes to this column. I have several points  to make, and I will try to be as transparent and succinct as possible. First: Politicians are not prophets. Political...
The 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920, equal rights for women and the pending Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution make for a trilogy around a common theme. But, here we are in 2020 with many men and a political party fighting against the advancement of their...
I have decided it is time to speak up. Too many things have been happening and so many of us are remaining silent. Granted, the death of George Floyd was horrific. To think one policeman put pressure on him long enough to kill him and that three other policemen stood by and watched without trying...
“Hummingbird Curfew” My husband, Peter, is fascinated by hummingbirds. This year has been a difficult year for hummingbird watching, as there has been a lot of competition at the feeder. First, the ants wouldn’t leave it alone. Then a bear smashed the feeder to bits. Right after Peter replaced...
As often as I seem to repeat myself of late, it may be difficult to believe that I do not enjoy doing so; but rather, it seems unavoidable given the repetitiveness day-to-day life has taken these past four to five months in isolation. The highlights of my week are small, personal comforts that have...
By Erin Schoenberg, project associate Center for Rural Affairs Are you a part of your local farmers market, as a customer, vendor, manager, cheerleader, or funder? Markets carry great tradition, and whatever your current or future role is, here are some tips and experiences from managers and...
Q: Looking back three decades, how has the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacted society?  A: This historic civil rights law has empowered tens of millions of Americans with disabilities to live a higher quality of life and eliminate barriers to employment, education and economic...
“Birthday Blow-Out” It’s my birthday this week. This is not normally cause for a big celebration and this year it is less than usual. Still, unlike my husband, Peter, I actually do celebrate my birthday. I don’t expect anyone else to celebrate—although it’s nice to know my parents remember I was...
Numbers have always had a tendency to frustrate me, as many a past mathematics teacher could probably tell you, and these days our nation has come to be defined solely by numbers: Coronavirus cases, Coronavirus deaths, people in detention camps at the border, the economy, Presidential polls—just to...
Q: What is the PRICE Transparency Act? A: When a loved one goes to the hospital for cancer treatments, orthopedic surgery or complications from COVID-19, American consumers and taxpayers deserve to know what hospitals will charge for their services. For years I’ve heard from Iowans who are fed up...

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