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On living past 100

May 19, 2016 10:00am

My father-in-law was the oldest person I ever knew. He died recently at 104. It is a remarkable accomplishment to live for over 100 years. Even more remarkable are the life and lifestyle changes...

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I Was Just Thinking: ‘Growlers’ hitting the Iowa marketplace

Feb 25, 2016 11:00am

To growl, or not to growl.

That may be a question facing Iowans who enjoy sipping an adult beverage occasionally.

With more and more of the so-called “micro” breweries popping up...

Country Roads: Talking to a brick wall

Feb 25, 2016 11:00am

In a recent three-way Facebook exchange with a mutual friend my daughter accused me of being a chatterbox. A Facebook meme showed a child in a sleeping bag on a supermarket floor. The caption read...

I Was Just Thinking: ‘Mom, you signed me up for what?’

Feb 18, 2016 11:00am

The Rock ‘n Roll era spawned a whole new era of dancing for teenagers.

We were all doing our best to learn steps to “the bop” or “jitterbug” which was all the craze as we listened to the...

Country Roads: Idioms: another way to say it

Feb 18, 2016 11:00am

For more than 30 years my cousin, Tim, has been a pastor in Latin America. Earlier this month, Tim flew back to Iowa to visit his parents. I was privileged to have been able to spend some time...

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Bits and Pieces: There and Back Again

Feb 18, 2016 11:00am

This September I had the great fun of going “there and back again”, as I think Bilbo Baggins the hobbit referred to his journeys in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I visited England, Scotland, and Belgium...

Health and Wellness: Energy Drinks

Feb 18, 2016 11:00am

Energy – who wouldn’t want more? There are healthy and more natural ways to boost your energy besides downing a bottle or can of a commercial energy beverage.

Here are five ways you can feel...

Country Roads: Now that’s a Valentine

Feb 11, 2016 11:00am

His calloused fingers gingerly lifted a card from the rack and he read it carefully. Naw, too mushy, he thought. Selecting the right greeting card was never easy for him. Here it was February 13...

I Was Just Thinking: A pair of classy ‘bookend’ Super Bowl quarterbacks

Feb 11, 2016 11:00am

Like most of you, I would assume, I sat and watched the 50th National Football League championship game Sunday night.

Of course, we’ve all come to know it as the Super Bowl.

Like most...

Health and Wellness: Zika Virus

Feb 11, 2016 11:00am

As of February 4, the Iowa Health Alert Network has notified Dallas County Public Health of the following known information about the Zika virus, which has been in the news recently.

The...

I Was Just Thinking: Can we now return to a few months of ‘normal’?

Feb 04, 2016 11:00am

Can we finally return to some normalcy?

Iowans from the Mississippi to the Missouri and Big Sioux awoke Tuesday morning to an eerie sort of calm, a sense of being that we’ve all missed for...

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