“What Thanksgiving Looks Like” My mother sent a photo of a huge female turkey sitting on her bird feeder.
Thanksgiving will be tragically solemn for many families this year, a more recent example being the families of Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige Grosskreutz—two young men murdered and one injured by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha over a yea
Q: How has the Biden administration created a “seismic shift” in border security?
Q: What do Iowans need to know about Medicare Open Enrollment?
“Angel’s Front Door” I used to have a friend who lived in Paris.
My brother, Tyler, and I—on the rare occasions we’re together—often spin hypothetical scenarios about living off-the-grid or being self-sufficient.

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“Holiday Rumors” I have been studying up on frightening holiday rumors and found some surprises. There is apparently no evidence that any child has ever been poisoned by a Halloween treat. This is according to the New York Times, which investigated it. There was one case of a dentist in...
It’s that time of year again: when people cannot stop complaining about the end of Daylight Saving and the return to standard time. The conversations around Daylight Saving are often misinformed or uninformed entirely, and each year I find myself unable to stay quiet on the subject as it...
Q: What’s your message for Iowans this Veterans Day? A: From Valley Forge to Vietnam, the Battle of the Bulge to the Battle of Fallujah, America’s sons and daughters have put their lives on the line for freedom since the Revolutionary War. More than 41 million Americans in U.S. history have served...
A large number of America’s military veterans have returned home to civilian careers and often want to continue the service mission they committed to in the Armed Forces. Many veterans from rural areas have found that mission through farming and ranching. These farmer-veterans provide food,...
“Old Friends” I spent yesterday with old friends. It used to be that I would follow the use of “old friends” with the disclaimer that they were “not really old!” This no longer feels necessary. If they are old friends of mine, I now have to say, objectively, they are pretty old. The “occasion” (...
Lo and behold, the unsurprising lull of any aggressive action coming out of D.C. It’s the same old tune: “Let’s make promises, then find excuses not to follow through on them—the people prefer inaction to any kind of change.” Or so politicians would have us believe. But the honest truth, as I...
Employees everywhere have been looking at their options for a while now. They’ve been weighing the costs of making a career change, seeing if it’s feasible and mustering the courage to quit. It has become such an epidemic that many have begun referring to it by an ominous name: The Great...
On October 21, the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) released the second map proposal for Iowa’s redistricting process. The first map was rejected because several of the districts at the Congressional, Senate and House level did not meet the criteria for compactness and the population deviation in...
“Box of Cures” When I was eight or nine, I played a game that I invented with my friends. On index cards, alphabetized in a recipe box, were written descriptions of fictional ailments, each with a ridiculous name and an equally ridiculous cure. In order to diagnose what illness my playmates...
Don’t look now, but things are really beginning to look like fall out there. The harvest is in full swing, the prairie grasses have acquired their brilliant fall colors, pumpkins are sitting majestically in the fields, and the trees are beginning to dress up in their autumnal finest. Each year,...

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