“Newcomers” My husband, Peter, and I feel like social butterflies.
Q: How is Iowa integral to Thanksgiving?
If you were a woman And I was a man Would it be so hard to understand That a heart’s a heart And we do what we can If you were a woman And I was a man —”If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man),”
“Loved and Lost” We thought we would miss the festivities, which just shows how much we still have to learn about Mexico. My husband, Peter, and I arrived in San Miguel de Allende on the 2nd of November.
I could use this space to wax poetic about the concept of time and unpredictability of the future—for what would likely feel like the hundredth time since taking over this column in 2018—but regular readers of this column are no doubt tired of the
Letter to the Editor,

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 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...
 I’d like to give a “shout out” and sincere thanks to fossil fuels for bringing civilization to where it is today in terms of the health and prosperity on planet earth. Fossil fuels, Mother Nature’s green technology, advanced the planet farther than any alternative could have. Mother Nature, one...
Combine . . . everything   Dear Dave, I live with my boyfriend, and we have a baby together. I brought debt into the relationship, and I’m using your debt snowball method to pay it off, but he is debt-free. We have quite a few shared expenses that we split 50-50, but that means we are constantly...
Q: What are you hearing from Iowans about inflation?   A: So far this year, I’ve met with Iowans in nearly two-thirds of my 99 county annual meetings. Without exception, I’ve heard deep concerns about inflation and a looming economic recession. The volume has turned up as the Biden economy has...
With my birthday passing over the weekend, and only a week remaining of my time in South Africa, I once again find myself frustrated by the finite nature and fickleness of time. Saying goodbye will never be something I’m ready for—emotionally or mentally—yet we haven’t determined a concrete plan...

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