“Singing Lessons” I’m having fun singing.  
Have you ever watched a scene in a movie where multiple characters—often with ill-intent—fight over something valuable, in some cases literally grappling with it amongst themselves in a sort of tug-of-war, until whatever they were fighting over in
As the United States gets ready to celebrate its 243rd birthday, I’m reminded of moments in American history that distinguish our nation as the land of the free and home of the brave.
Helping friends Dear Dave,
“Anniversary Toast” This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time.
This week marks the beginning of July, and by the time this issue is on the counters, the Fourth will only be mere hours away.

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Stay the course Dear Dave, Our daughter is a special needs child, who doctors say will live about half as long as the average adult. There’s also a good chance she will be under our care her entire life. We just finished Baby Step 3 of your plan, so we have all of our debt paid off except for the...
Imagine doing the research to place your elderly father in a nursing home. You look at the ratings online, you talk to neighbors, and you think you’ve found a good placement. Everything seems to be going well. Then you get a phone call from the nursing home administrator, reporting something...
Chocolate or vanilla? Following up on my column from last week, this week I chose to expound on my treatise, and use ice cream as my analogy. I promise, this is it for election coverage for a while. 100 years ago, those were likely the only choices we had if we chose to eat ice cream to cool and...
Doctors from Eddyville and Ottumwa rushed to the scene of a train wreck near Eddyville in August 1885 when news of injuries reached the two towns. The circus train consisted of several cars loaded with wagons containing tents and seats that could accommodate 8,000 audience members, as well as...
Ramsey Solutions finds employee access to retirement education increases savings and confidence A new study by Ramsey Solutions, a leading company in financial education, finds that employees with access to financial and retirement education have less stress, more savings and more confidence than...
The next few weeks in politics are a little like the All-Star break in baseball. With the Republican and Democratic national conventions upon us, it’s a good time to step back and assess this year’s election. Which carries bad news for both parties. The Republicans face a steep electoral challenge...
In the July 13 edition of the Lake Mills Graphic, a thoughtful opinion shined a welcome light on a problem often ignored but still very important to our economy—foreign earnings of domestic companies that haven’t been repatriated back into the U.S. These funds are just sitting there overseas. I...
Are you red, or blue? Many of us “regular people” would likely say neither. I am not, of course talking about favorite colors, but rather, which political party we identify with.Based on what I have seen of the two national conventions and their pregame, I would venture to guess that I am not...

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