“The Treat Lady” Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me.
The world currently (and historically) is a cluster (. . .
“Still Nagging” It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing.  
When it comes to policies, global or local, the present should never be considered the end goal.
“New Systems” I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body.
With National Poetry month coming to a close at the end of the week, and my own lack of creative writing throughout the ongoing pandemic, it felt wrong to ignore National Poetry month altogether—a month in which I used to write at least one new po

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“The Treat Lady” Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me. They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming, even if they don’t know exactly when, even if they can’t see the sidewalk very well and can’t hear at all. Tanner and Dakota are my two...
The world currently (and historically) is a cluster (. . . you know) of problems caused by humans, and instead of acknowledging the problem and taking steps accordingly to solve it, we push the blame on each other and place the sole responsibility on whoever we happen to be beefing with; regardless...
The Senate is now in week 17 of this legislative session, working on our priorities for Iowans and finishing up the last bills of the year. We passed several more bills this week, some sent back to us from the House. One of these bills was House File 744, protecting free speech and other First...
As a primary care physician at Mayo Clinic, it’s my job to listen to and advise my patients on the best medical care for them. With the COVID vaccine now readily available, I have conversations every day with patients about the vaccine, noting the concern in their voices. Some have questions,...
“Still Nagging” It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing.   Andrew is a lifelong bachelor, and a committed curmudgeon. He is better than most curmudgeons at being...
When it comes to policies, global or local, the present should never be considered the end goal. Every policy put in place by any political power should always contribute to the betterment of the future—the future of the planet and the future of its populace. Seems like a logical notion, right?...
May is Mental Health Awareness month and an important time to reflect on the critical role that employers play in the wellbeing of Iowans. It’s estimated that one in five Iowans suffer from some kind of mental illness in a given year. Left untreated, the result can be devastating to the individual’...
Only America and 49 other countries—out of 187—celebrate Mother’s Day. Besides relatives showering women with cards, flowers and gifts, there is a long overdue action we must deliver to females. In a letter dated March 31, 1776, the eventual First Lady Abigail Adams told her husband John Adams (...
The 2020 legislative session was supposed to adjourn on April 30, but we’ll be heading into overtime next week instead. Given the challenges we’ve all faced over the last year during the pandemic, it was imperative for lawmakers to take extra time to make sure our recovery and relief efforts reach...
Iowa has been a national leader in renewable energy for decades thanks to early vision by leaders like Governor Terry Branstad and Senator Chuck Grassley. By early diversification of our state’s energy portfolio, we have kept energy rates well below the national average and been able to attract and...

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