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Pity party

For the past few weeks, my youngest daughter has been throwing herself one giant pity party. I can’t pinpoint the exact time it started, but…

‘What are you doing here?’

It is 3 a.m. Monday morning at the Newton Daily News. I am working late at the office. My eyes are droopy. My brain is loopy. And I am compl…

Time for some R&R

So anyway ...Mick and I took what we felt was a well-deserved vacation last week to the Black Hills.…

Still on my mind

Those who know me know I am surrounded by teachers. My parents are career educators, my sister and her husband teach high school and my brot…

Bones discovered under hen house

I’ve known for a long time that there were bones under our hen house. A year ago this spring, when I was patching up the floor of the shed, …

Car guy

I’m not sure exactly when I became a “car guy,” but I think it I think it was probably just shy of my 14th birthday. That summer, two events…

Heading north

Another family vacation is in the books and I have to say, it went rather well. Since we had already ventured to Michigan in June, our tradi…

Willy Amos: Smiles Through Disability

Willy Amos of Mt. Pleasant is the poster child for Hy-Vee’s “Helpful Smile in Every Aisle.” And it’s genuine. If it wasn’t for his wheelchai…

Musical history

It has been a week since I saw “Hamilton: An American Musical” at the Des Moines Civic Center, and the feeling of pure exhilaration at seein…

‘Are we there yet’

We recently went on our first long trip of the summer visiting our family in Michigan. Our last visit to Michigan was in 2014 and a lot chan…
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