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Country Roads… The only constant is change

Jul 21, 2016 10:00am

The story is told of a family that carpeted its bathroom. They liked it so much they went ahead and ran the carpet all the way into the house.

The humor of this story (if you found any in it...

Saying good-bye

Jul 21, 2016 9:00am

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I Was Just Thinking… Old friends are the best friends of all

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

I’ve been blessed in seven decades of life to have met some wonderful people, both in work and in social life.

Many of those “old” friends were met during the many years I spent in the...

Health and Wellness… The Gift of Sight

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

What do most people have as a pair, are about the size of a penny, and allow us to read, watch TV, and drive? Answer: the cornea of the eye.

The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer, the...

Embracing the madness of March

Updated: Mar 24, 2016 11:24am

Madness is the word. Sure, it’s a bit trite. But there is no more accurate way to describe what college basketball fans, die-hard and casual, witnessed in the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Men...

Watts Line: March 18, 2016 - Occasional updates regarding legislative issues of constituent interest

Mar 18, 2016 5:00pm

Budget Picture Becomes Defined

The Revenue Estimating Committee met this week confirming that the economy is weakening, but the good news is that we still have at least...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits & Pieces… “Zootopia” in the Real World

Updated: Mar 23, 2016 3:32pm

Having seen “Zootopia” recently with my daughter and grandson I have to comment on how enjoyable and entertaining it was. The beautiful animation and engrossing storyline held our attention, with...

I Was Just Thinking… A new Quonset hut and my first ‘crush’

Mar 18, 2016 10:51am

There are lots of reasons to celebrate in a small Iowa community.

Often, it doesn’t take much for people to plan one of those small-town gatherings.

I remember one in Alleman that...

Health and Wellness… Downsizing Your Living Space

Mar 18, 2016 10:51am

“Downsizing your living space” may make you bristle with resistance at the idea of sorting through belongings and having to throw away articles that you have saved over the years. There is...

Country Roads: Real life can be scary

Mar 18, 2016 10:51am

Have you ever been frightened? I mean really scared? Come on now, it’s just between you and me.

Yeah, so have I!

“Cowards die many times before their deaths,” wrote William Shakespeare...

Country Roads: Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland

Mar 10, 2016 11:00am

One of the most popular songs of the early 20th century was a gentle waltz entitled “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland.” During my childhood I met a lot of characters in Dreamland but most weren’t...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits and Pieces: The Mighty Bison

Mar 10, 2016 11:00am

I recently read a beautifully photographed article in the January-February issue of THE IOWAN written by Kayla Koether, who is researching the effects of rotational grazing on soil health and...

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