“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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Only America and 49 other countries—out of 187—celebrate Mother’s Day. Besides relatives showering women with cards, flowers and gifts, there is a long overdue action we must deliver to females. In a letter dated March 31, 1776, the eventual First Lady Abigail Adams told her husband John Adams (...
The 2020 legislative session was supposed to adjourn on April 30, but we’ll be heading into overtime next week instead. Given the challenges we’ve all faced over the last year during the pandemic, it was imperative for lawmakers to take extra time to make sure our recovery and relief efforts reach...
Iowa has been a national leader in renewable energy for decades thanks to early vision by leaders like Governor Terry Branstad and Senator Chuck Grassley. By early diversification of our state’s energy portfolio, we have kept energy rates well below the national average and been able to attract and...
“New Systems” I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body. I was covered with tufts of orange fur. It was not a good look, and it felt worse than it looked. Worse yet, it gave me a taste of what the next two months would be like. My husband, Peter, is a man...
With National Poetry month coming to a close at the end of the week, and my own lack of creative writing throughout the ongoing pandemic, it felt wrong to ignore National Poetry month altogether—a month in which I used to write at least one new poem a week, if not more. And so, this week I decided...
We are about a week or so from wrapping up the legislative session, so I wanted to spend a little time discussing the budget, and the investments of the Iowa House Republicans. A $100 million increase in broadband infrastructure. A $1.75 million allocation for job training funds to help those who...
This week, we voted to make sure Iowans’ tax dollars are spent wisely. This week, we ensured telehealth mental health services are covered at the same rate as in-person services. This week, we asked for an independent, federal investigation into the violence at the Anamosa State Penitentiary...
“The Last Box” “Oh my gosh. I don’t want to open that box.” Moving furniture and books and clothing is easy. It’s moving memories that is hard. I am going through the last of my boxes. I used to say I was not a packrat. I thought I was more like my mother than my dad. My dad might tuck a piece...
There are many toxic mindsets that evolve in a capitalist society, some of which I have discussed here before (and probably will again). One topic I have yet to touch on, that has become more apparent to me as more friends and family members in my age group start buying houses/moving, is...
Q: How would repealing step-up in basis tax proposals harm family farmers and small businesses?  A: As a lifelong family farmer and former chairman of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, I bring life experience to the policymaking table when lawmakers hammer out the nation’s tax policy. From...

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