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I Was Just Thinking… There was a time when ‘hot dogs’ ruled in Iowa

Jul 21, 2016 10:00am

The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, held annually at Coney Island (how appropriate) in New York draws lots of attention.

However, before I had even heard of Nathan’s contest in New York, I...

Saying good-bye

Jul 21, 2016 9:00am

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I Was Just Thinking… He jumped higher than an NBA player going in for a slam dunk

Updated: Apr 07, 2016 4:07pm

We hear a lot these days about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly simply called “PTSD.”

It’s a reality of war and, unfortunately, many of our servicemen return from battle in Iraq and/...

Public Health Week

Updated: Apr 07, 2016 4:07pm

Dallas County Public Health Week 2014 runs April 7th through April 13th. This year the focus is on encouraging families and communities to be physically active, as well as eating healthy foods...

Letter to the Editor: Preschool Funding

Apr 07, 2016 3:58pm

If the state legislature was really concerned about students reading at a proficient level by third grade, they would spend tax dollars on preschool education to give students a head start. It...

Country Roads… Eb Griper and the Victoria’s Secret ad

Updated: Apr 07, 2016 4:07pm

It had been some time since I last visited with my old buddy, Eb Griper, so I stopped by his favorite coffee shop a few mornings ago. Sure enough, Eb’s rusty old Studebaker pickup was in the...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits and Pieces… Earth as the Mother of all Life

Updated: Apr 07, 2016 4:07pm

According to Wikipedia, author James Lovelock revived the mythological name Gaia in his 1979 book GAIA: A NEW LOOK AT LIFE ON EARTH. To the ancient Greeks, Gaia was the personification of earth—...

Country Roads… On the road again… with frustrations

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I made a Spring Break trip to Phoenix to help grandchild number four celebrate his first birthday. It was a wonderful trip overall and it was especially nice to...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits & Pieces… A Tiny Spark

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

As a person who has always been put off by spiders and even afraid of them, my reaction to a tiny spider

who has taken up residence in my bathroom sink is surprising to say the least. This...

I Was Just Thinking… C’mon, Sen. Grassley, give Garland a vote

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

A majority of Americans, at least if you believe recent polls, believe that Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley and his Republican friends in the Senate should hold hearings to either confirm or deny the...

Health and Wellness… Permanent Family Planning Options

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

Deciding how many children you will parent is a personal decision, and not to be taken lightly. Although tubal ligation for women, and vasectomy for men can sometimes be reversed, the reverse...

Arvid Huisman

Country Roads: The toughest task of all

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

Quickly! Name the most difficult physical task you can imagine. Lifting a heavy object? Outrunning an angry bear? Jumping over a wide chasm?

How about this one: staying awake when your mind...

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