“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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Iowa’s 91 House and Senate Republican legislators want to outlaw classroom discussion of topics like racism and sexism (HF 802). Furthermore, Iowa’s GOP attempt (HF 222) to ban discussion of the slavery-oriented 1619 Project book reveals their pro-white bias. Republicans’ effort to sweep racism...
Q: What’s wrong with For the People Act? A: The House of Representatives passed an 800-page bill along a party-line vote under pretext of preventing election irregularities after we were told this was the most secure and fair election in history. Unfortunately, H.R. 1, For the People Act, is a...
Many of us have changed the way we purchase and prepare our food over the past 12 months. Families now spend more time cooking at home. We are learning that local meat provides a better and more affordable alternative to the big box store. This surge in demand has created a good problem for our...
“Stable Footing” The tree was lying on its side when I got to it. It was a nice-looking pine tree, fluffy and full and as tall as me. The strong winds coupled with some unstable footing had caused it to fall over. This seemed too sad to simply walk by. I went over to the tree and, with a little...
In tarot, the Tower card, when upright, represents sudden change, upheaval, chaos, revelation, or awakening. “Land of the free” is an  incredibly ironic claim, when the standards for simply staying alive are so oppressively abundant for some, and the rest of society ardently advocates to uphold...
The thirteenth week of the 2021 legislative session was spent primarily in floor debate passing bills. It may surprise many of you that the vast majority of our work is passed with bipartisan support. One of the bills that passed without opposition is HF 744, which protects free speech at Iowa...
In today’s hyper-partisan times, truth has become the victim. Call it what you want: spin, half-truth, selective omission, or just plain lies. The misinformation that dominates our political system today comes with a big cost to all of us. Last month, Lorena Schulte and Officer Robert McFarland...
This was the 12th week of the legislative session, and another milestone was reached. For any bill to remain alive this year it had to be passed out of the original chamber and through committee in the other. In other words, only debate in one chamber is left. Bills can still be amended at that...
Q: What is a filibuster?  A: Many Americans may be surprised to learn the Senate rules do not define what constitutes a filibuster. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a filibuster as “the use of extreme dilatory tactics in an attempt to delay or prevent action especially in a legislative...
“Nocturnal Negotiations” It’s amazing that anyone shares a bed. I know there are plenty of married and cohabiting couples who have separate beds, or even separate bedrooms, and I can see the logic in avoiding the snoring, the thrashing, the different sleep schedules, and the need to negotiate the...

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