“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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Squid Games is currently on the the most popular streams available on Netflix; Indigenous People’s Day is officially being recognized, while pipelines are still being built and funded on Indigenous treaty land; student loans are set to restart by the end of January; and according to the Treasury,...
Serving as a principal, superintendent or other school leader today takes a special set of skills. Beyond the expected skills of communication, collaboration, inclusiveness and community involvement, school leaders also have to stay in front of educational trends and know what to look for in the...
The true spirit of hard work and helping others is demonstrated on a daily basis in rural communities. However, those attributes weren’t developed overnight, and need to be nurtured for a strong sense of community to continue. Individual actions for the greater good can start with each of us....
One of the great privileges of teaching and working on a university campus is the chance to be in regular touch with young people. Even better, I sometimes get asked to give talks elsewhere and to meet with young people of all kinds and descriptions—sometimes one on one, sometimes in small groups,...
“Dozens of Cousins” “We are cleaning up our stuff,” Meshach, the tile layer who now more or less permanently resides in our home, informed me. “We are giving you more space.” “More space!” I said in mock amazement. “Why would I need more space? I see at least three square feet over there by the...
I may have just spoken on this not even a month ago, but there is always more to be said—unfortunately. The way women interact with the world is scrutinized to such a degree, that our autonomy is severely restricted and our ability to simply exist in public, is severely limited. Not only women,...
Q: What’s up with the proposal that would require banks to report account holder information to the IRS? A: The Biden administration is searching under every couch cushion in America to pay for its reckless multi-trillion dollar spending spree. I’ve got news for the big spenders. Nickle and diming...
Gerald Seib, a columnist for Rupert Murdoch’s conservative-based Wall Street Journal (Murdoch also owns Fox News), referenced Freedom House, a non-profit non-governmental democracy-based research organization in a July 13 op-ed noting “freedom across the globe declined for 15 straight years.”...
“Ginger Cookies” We were supposed to get the tile backsplash installed in our kitchen yesterday, but my husband, Peter, said he needed to use the kitchen so he could bake ginger cookies.    “Can you work in the bathroom today instead?” I asked Meshach, the talented tiler from Kenya, who has been...
 In 2013, while in Chengdu, China, I visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. I got to see tiny baby pandas through glass, take lots of cute pictures, cuddle panda plushies, and learn more about the endangerment and conservation of pandas. Why do I bring this up? Over the...

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