From the category archives:

Opinion

Vacation memories and softball in East Peoria, Ill.

August 11, 2015 On The Road Again

Back in the day, my family always took a three week vacation in August. It was a lot of work, too. First, we had to clean the house. For some reason, we always cleaned the house before we went on vacation. I never did quite understand why, but it was one way Mom got work […]

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Good memories of time spent in North English

August 4, 2015 Brooklyn

I’ve always had a fond spot in my heart for the good folks of North English. I spent 2.7 years as editor of the North English Record, Dec. 29, 1997 – July 20, 2000. The people I met, interviewed and became friends with during my time in North English and neighboring Millersburg have been invaluable […]

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I’m almost famous

August 4, 2015 Brooklyn

I’m almost famous! Really! There are a couple stories here that prove my “almost fame,” so stick with me. Story number one! I know them as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Saw them a number of times many years ago somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. They were known for a couple songs, specifically “Mr. […]

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Let sleeping dogs lie

August 4, 2015 Brooklyn

Our bathroom is the smallest room in our home. I don’t know what the exact wall-to-wall measurements are but after you factor in space for the fixtures, there’s not a lot of space left. Now, factor in a Belgian shepherd and an Australian shepherd who think one or both should accompany me into the bathroom […]

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Roger that

August 4, 2015 Brooklyn

I was about as close as I could get. For decades, since taking up the mid-life hobby of guitar picking, I’ve followed Roger McGuinn and his musical efforts. This is someone who created the unique Byrds sound in the 1960s, forged ahead into country rock, and a few weeks ago visited Cedar Rapids for a […]

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No way am I going home tonight!

July 28, 2015 Brooklyn

There’s no way I’m going home tonight. Nadda! Zip! Ain’t happening! After the way my day started, I don’t need to be reminded of what happened this morning. Started when I was in the shower and my wife was leaving for work. She comes in and says, in only a voice she has developed over […]

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Hair we go again

July 28, 2015 Brooklyn

It’s an age-old dilemma. Girls with straight hair wish they had curly hair. Girls with curly hair wish they had straight hair. It was that way in high school, in college and it’s still that way now. I have stood in front of the bathroom mirror and wished for straight hair so many times in […]

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Doobies

July 28, 2015 Brooklyn

A highlight of my drives to Fort Dodge for state softball is driving past the skylines of Duncombe and Owasa. I love small towns. I love micro-small towns, even. * * * It was fun visiting folks at the Iowa County Fair while taking pictures at the swine show. They have a great new exhibition […]

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The great state of Iowa and state fair memories

July 28, 2015 On The Road Again

I love a lot of things about Iowa! I was reminded of that the other day as I rolled along the Ewart Road on my way to Grinnell. “The corn sure is looking good this year,” I thought to myself. “It’s tall, green and will soon be used to feed the world.” It’s not just […]

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Sit? Fetch? No way!

July 21, 2015 Agriculture News

There’s a difference between learning how to sit and just standing there and doing nothing really important. Just ask Lucy the cat. Actually, it’s my daughter’s cat, but as long as I feed the cat regularly the cat thinks she owns me. Probably does. So, because of our mutual relationship I thought I would try […]

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