“Time to Spare” “Do you have time for this?” my husband, Peter, asked.
Gasoline, microchips, chlorine, lumber, medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, straws, chicken, ketchup, oat milk . . . What kind of list is this?
“The Homes of Dead People” A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!”
At least 24 children went missing in South Dakota last month—nearly one child every day throughout the month of May—and if one were to try to look it up they would find a total of . . .
“Best Wishes” I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days: on Facebook.
I’m sick of it, too, alright?

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I’m sick of it, too, alright? But the reality is that the pandemic is not over, and the chances of it ever dying down enough to resume some semblance of normality, are seeming slimmer and slimmer with each botched attempt at slowing and neutralizing the virus. Vaccination rates are disturbingly...
t’s a wrap. The 2021 Legislative session concluded last week. This was such an amazing session, not only for myself but for many other legislators as well. Over and over, I would hear comments about how much good was done for Iowans this session. I could not have asked for a better session to be a...
“A Change of Scenery” The old wooden folding table belonged to my grandma. I don’t remember her ever using it. After she moved out of her house and into a retirement home, my sister inherited the table, but she didn’t use it much either. The table has four wooden folding chairs that tuck beneath...
Every year, especially in the spring and early summer, we get calls from well-meaning people wanting to know what they should do with the little “orphaned” bird or mammal they have just found. Many people are surprised by our usual answer. We usually tell them to leave it just where it belongs—in...
With the world in the state that it is—an ongoing global pandemic, extreme oxygen shortages, inhumane and deadly conflict in Israel, the decision to proceed with the Olympics causing strife in Japan, and the general chaos of capitalism resulting in strikes and labor shortages here in the U.S. and...
There is a fight going on over the heart of our democracy, and I worry that democracy is losing.  Over the last few months, several states have moved decisively to make it harder for their citizens to vote, and more are on tap.  It’s hard to tell yet whether this is just a blip or an actual...
Q: How are you working to raise awareness for mental health wellness? A: From my leadership assignments in the U.S. Senate, I’ve worked to expand access to behavioral health services for individuals and families coping with pressures from the opioid epidemic, natural disasters and COVID-19. From...
“The Fanciest Desk in the World” Everyone knows that I am attached to my desk. I would argue I have good reason. My desk is an extension of myself. Whereas other people are attached to their phones, I frequently lose track of mine. (Just writing this made me wonder where it was. Don’t worry; I...
As is so often my Monday morning ritual, I find myself writing this column, on my father’s birthday. This column was his, and as I struggle each week to find the right words for the repetitive and abundant issues in the world, this week, I think it only makes sense to honor him, by acknowledging...
By Erin Schoenberg, project associate Center for Rural Affairs Bumble bees are easily recognizable thanks to their loud buzz, fuzzy appearance, and distinct color patterns. Throughout the U.S. and Canada, nearly 50 different species play a role in sustaining our environment’s health. Their...

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