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  • Life is hard, but it’s good!

    A couple of years ago, I heard a sermon with the theme “Life is hard, but it’s good!” That axiom has stuck with me ever since. Good things aren’t nece ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • This mascot skews reality about the first people

    Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue. “It’s not my fight,” I thought.
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:48 am
  • Hunger is not a game

    Objectivity is the name of the game in my profession and yet, every now and then you can’t help but get emotionally connected to something you are wri ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 11:03 am
  • Know a person by their mail

    It’s been said that you can tell a person by their shoes. What style are they? Wingtips, loafers, sandals, sneakers, high heels, hiking boots, work sh ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 11:02 am
  • The Victorian House

    The Victorian House display at the Jasper County Historical Museum is probably my favorite. I love the furniture and the incredible details and care t ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 11:55 am
  • New adventures with my tiny dancer

    In my daughter’s life, I know there are going to be a lot of firsts. She has already had plenty to document. Her first smile, laugh, crawl and walk ar ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 12:25 pm
  • LaVera allegations shed light on school policy, online safety

    Three months after news broke that a California man allegedly preyed on local teenagers after visiting two Newton schools, the school board is making ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 11:22 am
  • Breaking Bad: An unusual suspect

    The AMC television series “Breaking Bad” was the big winner at the Emmy Awards Monday night, taking outstanding writing, picture editing, supporting a ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • From Elvis to enlightenment

    Anyone who thinks Iowa is void of entertainment should take a ride in my car. Last week I traveled from Jasper County’s southern border to its most no ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • Shipping K-12

    My co-worker scurried toward her desk, eyes red and puffy. I walked over and asked her what was wrong.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 11:13 am
  • Why I write a column

    I enjoy writing columns. In a way, its a reporter’s chance to “break the fourth wall,” express an enormous amount of creativity and give people better ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • No appetite for fixing school lunch

    You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • Music City Memories

    After a long and frustrating week of dealing with my unwanted guest, the fleas, I took off with a group of my best friends for a bachelorette party in ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • The 5 best times to get turned down for a raise

    You’re going to call me Mr. Negative, I’m positive, but I must admit that I was dubious when I came across an article by Liz Ryan titled “The Five Bes ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • Dog days of summer

    This time of year the piercing sound of the cicadas in our ears acts as nature’s not-so-subtle reminder that the season will soon change. It’s a sound ...
    Aug. 25, 2014 - 11:38 am
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