“Forgotten Salves” I was packing for our recent trip to Mexico when I found the old tube of V05. “Do I still have this?” Apparently, I did.
Dark are the days when the dead are more free than the living. The outcome of the recent Supreme Court ruling was not surprising, nor were the self-serving pats on the back in the name of “morals” that followed it.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) made the following comment regarding his vote against the Senate’s recently proposed gun legislation.
“Lucky Squirrel” My husband, Peter, and I went to our first concert in the park last night.
Q: What are you hearing from Iowans about inflation?  
With my birthday passing over the weekend, and only a week remaining of my time in South Africa, I once again find myself frustrated by the finite nature and fickleness of time.

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“You gotta keep poking and clicking,” a friend tells me. “That’s what my daughter does.” By this, she means that learning new technology is not a straight path. I have to play with it. I have to find the process of learning fun and challenging and not get hung up when I make mistakes along the...
Often in recent months, I struggle to find new subjects for commentary in this column. Typically, I will scour reputable national and global news sources for top stories in order to get ideas of what may be of the most relevance, or what I have strong feelings about. Tonight, as I once again...
This time of year still hits me hard. It is the anniversary of the death of my best girlfriend, Angel, who died too young and left an Angel-shaped hole in my life. “Can it be six years?” I ask my husband, Peter, in disbelief. Angel died at 50 years old, six years ago. In the years since she...
Every piece of news that pops up on my phone makes me more and more reluctant to ever return. I’ve asked my sweetheart (only half joking), “How willing would you be to harbor a fugitive, because I’m very tempted to overstay my welcome.” If women do not have FULL bodily autonomy, their rights are...
Having just watched a Supreme Court nominee supported by a comfortable majority of Americans draw just three Republican votes in the Senate, you could be forgiven for thinking bipartisanship in Congress is a thing of the past. And in the case of Supreme Court nominees, you’d be right: The last time...
“A Great Time to Get Old” “It’s a great time to get old!” That’s what my husband, Peter, says. He’s right. And getting old is—as the saying goes—better than the alternative. I was thinking this while waiting for my father to get a pacemaker. My father had no idea he needed a pacemaker until two...
As we near the end of this legislative session the volume of our work each day goes down, but the importance of it does not. With the availability of quality child care being a problem for many families, the Senate amended and passed HF 2198. This bill will ease some regulations, including allowing...
ADJOURNMENT TAKES ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK In our second week of overtime, we’ve heard from lots of Iowans who are more than fed up with politics, and think it is time for the session to adjourn. I couldn’t agree more.    In an effort to close down the legislative session, the Governor...
Astute individuals read information from multiple sources, research material up one side and down the other and develop their own opinions versus being lemmings to the dictum of others. A news source that is gaining more attention as political divisiveness becomes apparent is `Think Tanks’. Think...
“The Job I Want” “Dress for the job you want!” was advice I heard from an early age. I took this advice to heart. I was working a lowly job in a government office while applying for jobs in businesses around town. I had never worked in business, but I had a freshly minted business degree, so I...

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