“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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Q: Why is Sunshine Week important to commemorate? A: James Madison is known as the father of open government. During the week of his birthday, March 16, we honor his legacy with “Sunshine Week” to celebrate the public’s right to know. Thirty-five years after drafting the Constitution, Madison...
“March Inspiration” I’ve never been a fan of March. March is supposedly spring, but we all know it’s not. In much of the country, more snow falls in March than any other month. But it doesn’t have the courtesy to stay. March snow falls, makes us shovel it, then turns into a sloppy mess in three...
It’s just not worth it Dear Dave, Do you think I should get a new hybrid car to save money on gas? A lot of my friends have done this, and with the rise in gas and oil prices lately, they’re telling me I should, too. According to them, I’ll save a ton of money, especially since I have a bigger...
Q: Could an Iowan be featured on a new quarter? A: Many Iowans are familiar with the popular series of quarters that feature each of the 50 states in the America the Beautiful Quarter Program. Issued in 2004, the Iowa quarter was the 29th coin to join the series because it was the 29th state to...
All of us—at some point in our lives—have been posed the question, “if you could choose a superpower, what would it be?” If you’re like me, you’ve had to ponder this numerous times, and the answer seems to change each time. But isolation has given me lots of time (nothing but time, really) to put...
This last year was a difficult year for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. Of the many challenges that came to national attention throughout the year, perhaps the most apparent was the lack of civil discourse among those with different identities, beliefs, and political affiliations. At the...
“You have two hands. One to help yourself and a second one to help others.—Anonymous   We had a very productive first funnel this week. Funnel week is the final week for bills to make it through a subcommittee and full committee in order to move forward for a full vote on the floor this year. It...
The eighth week of this year’s session is known as “funnel week” in the legislature. This week is the first legislative deadline of the year. All Senate policy bills must have passed through committee in order to be considered for the rest of the year. One of these was Senate File 402. Throughout...
“Travel Fantasies” I know I am not the only one having travel fantasies. My husband, Peter, and I were not planning to do a lot of traveling in the past year. That was our plan, and we certainly made good on it. We didn’t realize at the time that, “not a lot of traveling,” would mean a bi-weekly...
And we’re back to March. For so many of the worst reasons, it feels like much more than a single year ago that time began to slow and the world grew sick. And, regrettably, the continued spread of COVID-19 isn’t the only thing that hasn’t changed. With the ushering in of a new president in...

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