“Eating Broccoli” “I bought more broccoli because I knew you were coming,” my mother informed me. You can never get enough broccoli, that is my belief.
“Fancy Dress” I was excited to wear my new dress.
I have mentioned before that all of the reasons I have for never wanting to have children are ever-growing and each could be made into its own dissertation.
Q: What’s in store for the second session of the 117th Congress?
“New Year Inventory” The New Year is when we take stock. In some cases, like my husband Peter’s, this is literal. He keeps an inventory of our canned goods and chastises me if I mess up his inventory.
I had planned to start off the New Year with a cleaning routine, beginning with vacuuming the basement and stairway, then working my way up to cleaning the bathroom, and finally organizing and cleaning my room.

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“Eating Broccoli” “I bought more broccoli because I knew you were coming,” my mother informed me. You can never get enough broccoli, that is my belief. I am lucky in that I never had to acquire a taste for vegetables out of some sort of concern for my health. I have always loved vegetables. My...
Hey everyone. It’s great to be back at the Capitol and the first week back was busy. I attended committee meetings and met with other Representatives and Senators. I also attended Governor Reynolds Condition of the State address in which she outlined some of her legislative priorities for the year...
A few months back, while looking at a construction project, I had a client ask me how everything in government was going. Before I was able to answer him he quickly said, “Let me guess, my taxes are too high and I want more services.” His response caused me to laugh a little, because the statement...
Few people would argue with Pew Research Center’s finding “political polarization is more intense now than at any point in modern history” (Oct. 27, 2020). Resolving the strife starts with truly knowing your political beliefs, understanding other political values, listening (vs. preaching) to...
When the 2022 Legislative Session opened this week, I was reminded that there is hope in starting fresh. There is opportunity in bringing what we’ve learned since we last met and responsibility in our work for the people of the great state of Iowa. The Iowans I talk to every day are frustrated,...
“Fancy Dress” I was excited to wear my new dress. It was slimming, I thought: all black and covered with flounces from the neckline to the hemline. I wore it with high heels—which I rarely wear—and red drop earrings. I was feeling much more sophisticated than I usually do when I went over to my...
2022 is here. There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year (after all that crazy Christmas spending) to get serious about saving money. And one simple way to do that is by looking for ways to save around the house. So, here are five practical ways to cut back on household costs. 1. DIY...
I have mentioned before that all of the reasons I have for never wanting to have children are ever-growing and each could be made into its own dissertation. The reasoning behind bringing this up once again, is two-fold: the state of the world is constantly becoming inhospitable and more uncertain...
Q: What’s in store for the second session of the 117th Congress? A:  As we enter the third year of the pandemic, Congress has a full plate heading into the New Year. No doubt Americans are ready to turn the page and move on with their lives without worrying about COVID infections disrupting travel...
If you recently bought meat from a local farmer, you are not alone. Over the past 22 months, millions of Americans quit overpaying at the grocery store and began buying food grown closer to home. This is good news for local livestock producers and the independent meat lockers they partner with....

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