“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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“Buying Jeans” There are few things as daunting as buying jeans. I don’t buy jeans frequently enough to buy the same kind twice. By the time I’m ready for a new pair of jeans, whatever I’ve been wearing is unavailable, out of style, or both. Of course there are sizes on jeans, but the sizes mean...
I have three friends that work in public schools, each in different states. One is a math teacher in Illinois, one is a TA in Nevada, and one is a paraeducator (“para”) here at LMCS. I talk to my two out-of-state friends each week (if I’m lucky, more than once), and each week, the news seems to be...
You might be surprised to learn that the upcoming city-school election may have a bigger impact on your daily life than who is elected president, senator, or governor. While races for those higher offices receive greater attention, the locally elected officials play a more direct and immediate role...
Q: Is there end in sight to rising inflation? A: Iowans keep getting slammed at the gas pump and when they check out at the grocery store. Inflation is climbing, pushing up prices on everyday goods and services with price increases for food, housing and energy swallowing up consumer purchasing...
Investing in soil health on the farm through implementation of conservation practices helps build resiliency in the face of our changing climate. These investments can range from in-field management practices to retiring marginal land in perennials or wetlands. Across the nation, farmers and...
“Generally Good Habits” I am a person of generally good habits, which is why it is puzzling when I acquire a bad one. Habits are probably the most important thing when it comes to having a happy life. I eat things that make me feel good and are good for me. I take my long walk every day. I do...
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,...

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