“Eating Broccoli” “I bought more broccoli because I knew you were coming,” my mother informed me. You can never get enough broccoli, that is my belief.
“Fancy Dress” I was excited to wear my new dress.
I have mentioned before that all of the reasons I have for never wanting to have children are ever-growing and each could be made into its own dissertation.
Q: What’s in store for the second session of the 117th Congress?
“New Year Inventory” The New Year is when we take stock. In some cases, like my husband Peter’s, this is literal. He keeps an inventory of our canned goods and chastises me if I mess up his inventory.
I had planned to start off the New Year with a cleaning routine, beginning with vacuuming the basement and stairway, then working my way up to cleaning the bathroom, and finally organizing and cleaning my room.

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“Old Friends” I spent yesterday with old friends. It used to be that I would follow the use of “old friends” with the disclaimer that they were “not really old!” This no longer feels necessary. If they are old friends of mine, I now have to say, objectively, they are pretty old. The “occasion” (...
Lo and behold, the unsurprising lull of any aggressive action coming out of D.C. It’s the same old tune: “Let’s make promises, then find excuses not to follow through on them—the people prefer inaction to any kind of change.” Or so politicians would have us believe. But the honest truth, as I...
Employees everywhere have been looking at their options for a while now. They’ve been weighing the costs of making a career change, seeing if it’s feasible and mustering the courage to quit. It has become such an epidemic that many have begun referring to it by an ominous name: The Great...
On October 21, the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) released the second map proposal for Iowa’s redistricting process. The first map was rejected because several of the districts at the Congressional, Senate and House level did not meet the criteria for compactness and the population deviation in...
“Box of Cures” When I was eight or nine, I played a game that I invented with my friends. On index cards, alphabetized in a recipe box, were written descriptions of fictional ailments, each with a ridiculous name and an equally ridiculous cure. In order to diagnose what illness my playmates...
Don’t look now, but things are really beginning to look like fall out there. The harvest is in full swing, the prairie grasses have acquired their brilliant fall colors, pumpkins are sitting majestically in the fields, and the trees are beginning to dress up in their autumnal finest. Each year,...
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...

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