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I recently spent some time visiting my daughter in Colorado. She’s a recent college graduate now living and working in Denver. As much as I enjoyed the hikes and mountains of Colorado, I looked forward to heading back home to Windsor Heights, sleeping in my own bed, my own time zone, my own state...
“Dragonfly Escort” I was “up north,” walking through the woods with an escort of dragonflies on either side, as if I were a visiting dignitary in need of protection. I love dragonflies. I love their variety and their shiny wings and the way they turn on a dime in midair. I love how they clear the...
Dear Readers, YOU ARE IN FOR A MUSICAL TREAT. Sit back and relax to the beautiful voices of Quiliano Anderson and Melissa Holland, accompanied by Ruth Sheldon on the piano. Enjoy a wide variety of music; sing-a-long to some songs. Get out of the heat of the afternoon in Salem’s air-conditioned...
Recently, Vice President Kamala Harris took part in a one-on-one interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, and it was—to say the least—frustrating to watch. At one point, Bash posed a very clear and poignant question to Harris along the lines of: “What do you say to Democratic voters that showed up (during...
 Q: What do Iowans need to know to renew or apply for a passport? A: The U.S. Department of State issues passports to American citizens for overseas travel. A year ago, the State Department was beset with a tremendous backlog as international travel picked up when COVID-19 restrictions lifted....
“Forgotten Salves” I was packing for our recent trip to Mexico when I found the old tube of V05. “Do I still have this?” Apparently, I did. Even though my husband, Peter, and I had moved a year ago, a lot of forgotten salves and soaps and lotions of various types had made the move with us. They...
Dark are the days when the dead are more free than the living. The outcome of the recent Supreme Court ruling was not surprising, nor were the self-serving pats on the back in the name of “morals” that followed it. It was, however, disgusting. And, contrary to what some believe, inhumane. Like a...
A lot of wacko, hard-to-believe conspiracy theories are witnessed during one’s lifetime. Most thoughts come and go away with no residual effect. But, in today’s politically divisive times, many conspiracy theories are causing long-term damaging effects. Evidence abounds that many people who...
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) made the following comment regarding his vote against the Senate’s recently proposed gun legislation. “Schools should be the safest place for our kids. I share the concerns of Iowans who are disgusted with gun violence, especially when those tragedies involve children...
“Lucky Squirrel” My husband, Peter, and I went to our first concert in the park last night. We brought our folding chairs and ate food from the food trucks. The weather was perfect, and the music was good. But upstaging the band were a pair of juvenile squirrels in the trees overhead, challenging...

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