“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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The last three months of the year have always been a favorite time in the Gasper household. My mother, as some will likely know, goes all out for Halloween. The day after Halloween, I’m ready to start decorating for Christmas. And Thanksgiving is a nice, cozy, reprieve from decorating to focus on...
There are nearly 14,000 public school districts in America who collectively educate approximately 55 million students. “Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not part of the curriculum or standards of any K-12 American school district” asserts Jeanne Dyches, a CRT expert and Iowa State University professor...
 November 3 is National Stress Awareness Day, and I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been deeply stressed over the past few years. Maybe as you’re reading this, you’re on coffee number four or still trying to process the latest scary economic news headline. But what if I told you stress...
October is National Women’s Small Business Month. If you know me, you know I’m super passionate about helping women start and grow their businesses, so I love that this is a nationally recognized thing. In honor of this month, I thought I’d highlight some amazing female entrepreneurs in history. I...
“Buying Jeans” There are few things as daunting as buying jeans. I don’t buy jeans frequently enough to buy the same kind twice. By the time I’m ready for a new pair of jeans, whatever I’ve been wearing is unavailable, out of style, or both. Of course there are sizes on jeans, but the sizes mean...
I have three friends that work in public schools, each in different states. One is a math teacher in Illinois, one is a TA in Nevada, and one is a paraeducator (“para”) here at LMCS. I talk to my two out-of-state friends each week (if I’m lucky, more than once), and each week, the news seems to be...
You might be surprised to learn that the upcoming city-school election may have a bigger impact on your daily life than who is elected president, senator, or governor. While races for those higher offices receive greater attention, the locally elected officials play a more direct and immediate role...
Q: Is there end in sight to rising inflation? A: Iowans keep getting slammed at the gas pump and when they check out at the grocery store. Inflation is climbing, pushing up prices on everyday goods and services with price increases for food, housing and energy swallowing up consumer purchasing...
Investing in soil health on the farm through implementation of conservation practices helps build resiliency in the face of our changing climate. These investments can range from in-field management practices to retiring marginal land in perennials or wetlands. Across the nation, farmers and...
“Generally Good Habits” I am a person of generally good habits, which is why it is puzzling when I acquire a bad one. Habits are probably the most important thing when it comes to having a happy life. I eat things that make me feel good and are good for me. I take my long walk every day. I do...

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