“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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Disappointment comes in all shapes and sizes. Dealing with disappointment, heartbreak and unexpected transitions is a frustrating but normal part of life. Some heartbreaks are major and life-altering, while some disappointments are just minor irritations. Regardless of their size or scope,...
Q: What is the debt limit? A: The debt limit is the amount of money the U.S. Treasury is authorized to borrow to meet spending obligations. The Constitution grants Congress the power of the purse strings and under federal law, the legislative branch of the federal government must approve borrowing...
“Riding Together” My husband, Peter, and I are at my parents’ cabin in the woods. The weather was perfect for a bike ride so we took a long one. We had not all been riding together in almost two years and I am not an experienced rider. So, in order to prevent my butt from getting sore, I have a...
The weight of misogyny feels especially cumbersome of late. The abortion ban in Texas and North Carolina (and other states attempting to follow suit), the disappearance/apparent murder of a 22-year-old while hiking with her boyfriend, the villification of female artists in the media, the constant...
Our students need every advantage to regain lost ground and move forward The school year is officially underway and the 5,000 educators and over 65,000 students served by our agency are embarking on yet another academic year under the cloud of COVID-19. While the start of a new year always brings...
As harvest season approaches, the Winnebago County Community Foundation wants farmers to know about and consider the opportunity to benefit their local community through a gift of grain. Donating a gift of grain to the Winnebago County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation...
All citizens of United States communities should expect to be arrested at least once in their lives because of freedom of speech and opposing injustice. In order to make effective changes in police systems, there will have to be multiple “beach-head” actions that infuse change into police culture....
“A Good Story” To me, “the farm” has always meant the farm where my mother grew up, one of 11 children. Every book I ever read that was set on a farm, and many other books as well, all took place in my imagination at my mother’s family farm and the surrounding woods. The farm seemed enormous when...
As 9/11 occurred over the weekend, I was asked by my sweetheart if I remember anything from that day 20 years ago. It’s not a subject I ever talk about, mostly because I don’t have much to say, and also because what I do have to say, won’t be what most people expect to hear (shocking, I know). I...
Is umbrella coverage worth it? Dear Dave, Are umbrella insurance policies worth it, or do they just entice people to sue more frequently? Tammi Dear Tammi, I don’t think there’s any indication umbrella policies entice folks to bring lawsuits more frequently. If you hadn’t noticed, we live in a...

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