“Time to Spare” “Do you have time for this?” my husband, Peter, asked.
Gasoline, microchips, chlorine, lumber, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, straws, chicken, ketchup, oat milk . . . What kind of list is this?
“The Homes of Dead People” A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!”
At least 24 children went missing in South Dakota last month—nearly one child every day throughout the month of May—and if one were to try to look it up they would find a total of . . .
“Best Wishes” I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days: on Facebook.
I’m sick of it, too, alright?

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The long weekend was bittersweet. I got to spend almost the entire day, both Saturday and Sunday, talking with my sweetheart and reminiscing about the Easter we spent together two years ago (the only holiday we’ve spent in one another’s presence on the actual calendar day), and I updated him on my...
“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” - President Ronlad Reagan We have about 29 days left of the legislative session, and as we wrap up, I want to share a bit about what we have accomplished this legislative...
More Iowans are beginning to notice the growing impact of the American Rescue Plan signed into law last month. Most Iowans have already received their $1,400 stimulus check and, thanks to a big boost in vaccines sent to Iowa from the Biden Administration, all adults will be eligible for the...
Q: When will the USDA open the next round of pandemic relief assistance for producers? A: Just as planting season gets into full swing, Farm Service Agencies across the country will open the application process for the third round of pandemic relief assistance starting April 5, 2021 for at least...
“Out Like a Lion” March is winding down and my sister-in-law, Lori, is going with it.   There is too much food and too many flowers, because that is what we do when someone is dying, when we don’t know what else to do as, gradually, the unthinkable becomes accepted and even ordinary. We make more...
March has once again set reality on fire. Last year, it was lockdown—in some ways the beginning of our battle with COVID (or, at least, the beginning of our acknowledgement of it as a threat). And this year, while we continue to press against the tide of the virus, lives are being stolen by a...
Dear Editor, In 2002, Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) overturned a decision made by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that would have allowed a factory farm to build with over 7,200 sows, less than half a mile from our home. Hundreds of our neighbors joined the fight...
On day one of his presidency, Joe Biden signed an executive order to reenter the Paris Climate Accord. That’s a signal that time is of the essence for Americans to pay attention to developments regarding the Accord. Wherever one stands on the CO2 issue, there is common ground for all sides to...
Are the currently elected 91 Republican and 59 Democrat Iowa legislators working for you?  “No” is the common answer from voters of all political persuasions. Sixty-nine percent of adults feel political polarization and divisiveness are a very serious threat to our future (2020 Institute for...
Dear Member of Congress:  Iowans take their voting very seriously and I firmly believe we are the best state in the nation for civic engagement. Despite the pandemic, the people of Iowa made their voices heard in record numbers in 2020, both in the June primary and November general election. I’m...

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