From the category archives:

Opinion

‘Old Red’ brings back memories of my dad

July 14, 2015 On The Road Again

I was quite excited, almost like a kid in a candy store who just saw a big piece of red candy for a nickel. But it wasn’t candy that I saw. It was a rebuilt Farmall 130 tractor with its new coat of red paint. I admired it as it rolled past in the Montezuma […]

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Reunion

July 14, 2015 Brooklyn

The best way to start a column when in a bad mood is to say something positive. Okay. I’m positive that I’m in a bad mood. * * * There is a lot to be positive about. Holy cow. My Class of 1975 had their 40th-year reunion as part of the Belle Plaine July 4 […]

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Finally, getting back to the streams!

July 7, 2015 Agriculture News

You all are probably tired of hearing me whine about my bamboo fly rods by now. So, to keep your interest I’m adding an old newspaper picture to this column that should make you chuckle. It’s a photo taken years ago that ran in USA Today featuring a ton of fishermen – many of them […]

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‘Do you want to save your changes?’

July 7, 2015 Brooklyn

My computer at the newspaper office does not trust me. This is apparent from the questions it asks me through the course of the day, most of which involve second guessing everything I tell it to do. Its favorite question is, “Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?” That has a rather […]

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One-liners

July 7, 2015 Brooklyn

I’m not much into long paragraphs this week. One way to get rid of mosquitos involves unused, warm, stale beer. Sorry. That’s not going to happen at my place. I’m suddenly a new fan of “Yacht Rock,” which is a satire of the string of 70s and 80s smooth music that always seemed to involve […]

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Our books, writers’ conference opening up doors

July 7, 2015 On The Road Again

Debbie and I have enjoyed a renewed interest in our two Iowa photography books and our Montezuma All-Iowa Writers’ Conference in recent weeks. In May, we received an invitation to speak about our books and conference to a group of like-minded individuals at the Ankeny Writers’ Group on June 20. The group meets monthly at […]

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Spell check is grate! Am I write?

June 30, 2015 Agriculture News

Spell check on my computer is wonderful – assuming, of course, I can spell in the first place. You can type away and words are highlighted that are spelled wrong, unless they are spelled write. But in another way that doesn’t make a lot of cents, cause if a word in spelled wrong, it should […]

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Pool party

June 30, 2015 Agriculture News

Admittedly, I’m easily entertained but one of my favorite things to do this time of year is watch my dogs play in a wading pool. Maybe my dogs are easily entertained, too, but we all agree: hot summer evenings are made for dogs and pools. I drug the wading pool out of the garage on […]

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This and that

June 30, 2015 Brooklyn

Great way to start the day. An anonymous flyer was mailed to me from New York, stating there is a strong likelihood the world is going to end on Oct. 7, 2015. So, do I need to mow my yard? There’s a few things in my freezer I need to get rid of. The sock […]

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Lets go bowling and be a difference maker

June 30, 2015 On The Road Again

I’ve been enjoying watching bowling on television lately. I really enjoy watching the pros make strikes and pick up splits. It is interesting to watch the different styles of bowling and to see how the bowlers adapt to changing lane conditions. I used to bowl back in the day. I’ve bowled on several leagues through […]

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