“Waiting for My Laundry” It’s an odd experience watching someone fold your underwear.
“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

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“Waiting for My Laundry” It’s an odd experience watching someone fold your underwear. I was thinking this yesterday as I was waiting for my laundry. When my husband, Peter, and I packed to go to Mexico, we knew there would be a wide range of temperatures. San Miguel de Allende is in the mountains...
Being Hounded Isn’t the Issue Dear Dave, I lost my job a couple of years ago. As a result, I ended up in about $25,000 of debt through credit cards and a consolidation loan. Now I have a great job making more than I’ve ever made before, plus a car loan for about $13,000. The older debts went to...
Maintaining a healthy and responsible work-life balance can be tricky business for an entrepreneur. It’s tempting to work around the clock to make your company the very best it can be, but is that really the best use of your time if you let everything else slide in the process? Hey, whatever it...
Christmas is supposed to be a season full of joy. And sometimes, you have to be intentional about protecting that joy. One thing that instantly puts the spirit of the season at risk is comparison, because it doesn’t just steal your joy—it steals your paycheck, too. One minute you’re scrolling...
“Newcomers” My husband, Peter, and I feel like social butterflies. We certainly are not. But it feels as if we are, because we are staying in a new city and finding it is easier to make new friends than any time since we were children. When Peter and I moved back to Minnesota to be closer to our...
Q: How is Iowa integral to Thanksgiving? A: As Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator and lifelong family farmer, I take pride in our state’s bountiful harvest and the work put in year round by Iowa farm families and workers along the supply chain to put food on the table. At Thanksgiving time, it’s...
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),” Bonnie Tyler Our lives on this earth are brief, chaotic, and individually unique; and if my...
If you followed this year’s elections, at some point the question probably occurred to you: Why do people do this? The endless campaign events, the constant scrutiny . . . and increasingly, the very real and alarming threat of political violence. What drives someone to put up with it all? I...
While the Nov. 8 midterm election has passed, several ballot tabulations, recounts and court challenges are in-the-works. Should election results show that Republicans control an abundance of state legislatures, don’t be surprised if GOP’s next move will be to call for a U.S. Constitutional...
“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. “It’s too bad we’ll miss the Day of the Dead,” I told Peter when he made reservations. I...

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