From the category archives:

Opinion

Musical difference keeps our marriage fun and moving forward

March 17, 2015 On The Road Again

When it comes to music it can, on occasion, be like night and day in the Parker house. Take for instance my lovely bride, Debbie. She is as country as they come. A love of farming and country life is in her blood and so is country music. I once asked her why, and she […]

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‘Nothing wrong with saying No’ — Letter to the Editor

March 10, 2015 Education

Editor, I have read with interest several articles on the upcoming school bond issue. Could someone please tell me exactly why we need new buildings or new “used” buildings? Just a few, maybe 20 years ago we had a great project to Save Davis School in which a fair sum of money was spent to […]

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Involvement

March 10, 2015 Brooklyn

I know I’ve told this story before. I’m telling it again because I just heard it again. It’s the columnist’s code. We had a talk with Bill Monroe, former Iowa Newspaper Association director and a person who started his journalism career in Vinton. He recalled Mike Lyon, who was president of the association. He also […]

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Forget what? Who, me?

March 10, 2015 Agriculture News

Have you ever tried to forget about a doctor or dental appointment? In this electronic age, it is nearly impossible. In recent years, medical providers have taken to leaving voice mails, texting and even doing robo-calling in order to make sure patients show up when they are supposed to. It’s weird to receive a voice […]

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Good Iowa folks, pecans in the cemetery and photography lessons

March 10, 2015 On The Road Again

Iowa has a lot of good folks who work hard and help others. It’s evident when a friend, family member or neighbor is hurting or suffering from a loss or some horrible disease. As a journalist, I’ve written about and covered numerous small-town fundraisers for folks fighting the odds against cancer, overcoming difficulties and paying […]

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At least I didn’t eat a frog this morning!

March 3, 2015 Agriculture News

OK. I admit it. I was caught not doing something that I should have been doing at home. Happens more than it should – I should be better at not getting caught. So, one evening while hanging out at home and getting dinner started (waiting for the wife to come home), I thought I’d search […]

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Politics and weather

March 3, 2015 Agriculture News

Snowed in at column-writing time. There are a few things to get off of mind. School start. Again. It was great to have Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds visit Atkins. She addressed several issues of local interest, and one was the school start date. Since the law was passed several decades ago, stating that school can’t […]

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Pick a card, any card

March 3, 2015 Agriculture News

Life was simpler back in the day. When you went to a store, you took your purchases to the counter, paid for them and left. The most exotic thing that ever happened was maybe you saved 50 cents with a coupon, and if it was a local store, you learned some new gossip. Those days […]

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MCC Photography show spurs memories of a blessed life journey

March 3, 2015 On The Road Again

My photography show opening last Wednesday at the Ray Frederick Gallery on the Marshalltown Community College campus went on as planned. Unfortunately, Debbie and I were unable to be there due to the winter snowstorm, which seemed to find a comfy place to set up shop right over Marshalltown and dump a load of snow. […]

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So, how do you cook a spud in the oven?

February 24, 2015 Farm News

It’s true – Dad (or a husband) knows best. Really, I do. It’s all about timing – having the correct answer at the right time. Here are a couple of examples. This first example concerns a particular question that has bothered my family since I met my wife — how do you cook a spud? […]

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