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Opinion

These new tenants were a surprise

May 12, 2015 Agriculture News

I thought Melissa and I were going to be empty nesters once the two kids moved out. Boy, was I wrong – at least for about ½ hour a week or so ago. My wife was on her way home from work, so I started the coals in the grill and sat outside for a […]

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Every bloomin’ thing

May 12, 2015 Agriculture News

Every spring I say the same thing. I am not going to plant as many flowers this year. I mean it this time. I’m serious. And then I go to the flower store and lose my mind. This year, I girded my loins and steeled my resolve and decided to set a self-imposed limit on […]

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Meeting good folks and looking for ‘junk’ at a sale

May 12, 2015 On The Road Again

I’ve met lots of good folks on my travels across Poweshiek and Iowa Counties and some tell me how much they enjoy reading this column. I appreciate the many kind words from my readers and fans. They keep me going – and writing. When I think back to how I barely passed English in high […]

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Really! I’d rather be fishing!

May 5, 2015 Agriculture News

I love to fish. Nothing new, right? In fact, I’m looking forward to the day that I retire and can go out and do some extreme fishing. But I have a catch (pun intended). I’m in need of someone who can repair and/or refurbish bamboo fly rods. Here’s the story. I learned to fly fish […]

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A walk in the – oh look, a squirrel!

May 5, 2015 Agriculture News

A few weeks ago, my dogs and I enjoyed an annual spring tradition: we walked the Homestead Nature Trail for the first time since last November. I’ve enjoyed that trail for years and my Australian shepherd, Banner, is the fifth generation of my dogs to walk on it with me. This was the first time […]

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This and that

May 5, 2015 Iowa

Well, whatever was going around came around and got me. It started with a scratchy throat then branched out to the sinus and chest. It made me, sluggish and groggy. And nobody could tell the difference. The inside of my head sounded like the rhythm section for a Tom Waits record. Pictures were taken and […]

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The quilt patches of life and celebrating the small stuff

May 5, 2015 On The Road Again

The phone rang Saturday late morning. It was my Aunt Alice in Prairie Grove, Ark., a small community east of Fayetteville. The town is home to the Pea Ridge Civil War Battlefield. She called to visit and also tell me that she had made me a quilt and planned to send it my way later […]

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Allergies are like taxes — I hate them both

April 28, 2015 Brooklyn

They’re like someone you’re not in the mood to see, but it’s inevitable. I’ve grown to hate allergies — just like taxes. They sneak up on you, even though you know about when they’re going to make a house call. And when they come, they hit you like a ton of bricks. If you’re like […]

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Lawn mower man

April 28, 2015 Brooklyn

My Aunt Alice is 87. I had her age wrong last week. She advises, “Don’t ever make a woman older than she actually is … nuff said.” * * * On what was finally a sunny weekend day, I was surrounded by the sounds of lawn mowers in my new neighborhood. If one neighbor is […]

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How to tell it’s springtime in Iowa

April 28, 2015 Agriculture News

You’ve bought bedding plants even though it’s still too cold at night to set them out. You spend a lot of time carrying your bedding plants outside in the morning and inside at night. You have a conversation with a fellow gardener that involves the “Three Cold Kings.” You inspect your perennial flowerbeds and alternate […]

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