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At Thanksgiving, bird is the word

December 1, 2013 For the past several Thanksgivings, I’ve spent the holiday much like those attending the very first one in 1621: not watching football on giant plasma screen television with commentary coming out of... more »»

Create quality time, simple greeting

December 1, 2013 Have you felt the lightness of the moment when everything is organized in life? I am a person with a long checklist of things to do and ongoing quest to clear my lis. more »»

Covered plate may tempt fate

November 29, 2013 Dear Readers: Is the LICENSE PLATE on your auto easy to read? In many states, it's illegal to alter a license plat. more »»

Family tension may erase holiday plans

November 28, 2013 Q: My spouse doesn't get along with my parents and siblings. The situation has gotten so bad that he doesn't even want to travel to attend our annual Thanksgiving celebration at my parents' hom. more »»

To tree or not to tree?

November 26, 2013 It’s the holiday season and that question of parents with small children has come about again this year. “To tree or not to tree?” is the question for the holiday season. more »»

The nefarious plan of William von Meister

November 24, 2013 In a scant few we will see the culmination of a decades old plan, crafted by a mad genius, to drain every iota of your attention and every dollar from your bank account. more »»

When raking, misery loves company

November 24, 2013 There are many things that can end a relationship. Money, infidelity but one of the biggest threats is leaves. Yes, leaves. more »»

Vinegar: One powerful household product

November 23, 2013 It costs hardly anything, is available in every grocery store in the universe and is so useful around your home that you are going to have a hard time believing it. That's the power of vinegar. more »»

Showing children how to be thankful by being thankful

November 21, 2013 Thanksgiving is only a week away and I wanted to share some things that I am truly thankful for, and also give you some ideas on how to teach your child how to be thankful. more »»

Adult literacy and education programs enhanced

November 20, 2013 It has been a whirlwind year for Iowa’s adult literacy and education programs. This year marks the first time Iowa’s community colleges received state funding earmarked for adult literacy education. more »»

The mysteries of Marshalltown

November 19, 2013 I’ve lived in Marshalltown more than six years now and I’m still trying to figure out a few things. Living in a place for awhile you tend to notice some oddities that can be real head-scratchers. more »»

Tats, temp tats and the robot apocalypseTats, temp tats and the robot apocalypse

November 17, 2013 When I was around seven years old I remember being scared of tattoos. This has since passed, unlike my childhood fear of clowns which remains both compelling and active. more »»

Open letter to the rock-thrower

November 17, 2013 Dear kid that threw a rock at my car on an S-curve causing a fury of emotions — including fury, Are you OK? I mean, here I was MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS when I came upon you either A) playing the real... more »»

No green thumb required

November 16, 2013 I love houseplants and boy, do I have some beauties! The truth is I don't have a green thumb, I just know a few secret tricks and tips that I will gladly share with you. more »»

Quick-cleaning your pooch

November 15, 2013 Dear Heloise: While volunteering at a local animal shelter, I picked up a great PET GROOMING TIP. I now have three rescue dogs of my own who go to the groomer monthly. more »»

Soon-to-be teen father must learn responsibility

November 14, 2013 Q: Our teenage son's girlfriend is pregnant. He's 17 and she's 16. It's difficult to admit this to anyone. more »»

Meeting the diverse needs of our diverse students

November 13, 2013 Iowa’s rigorous Core Standards are cognitively demanding for all students – and they’re supposed to be that wa. more »»

The brutal honesty of children

November 12, 2013 Kids can be way too honest sometimes. Often they can be brutally honest — at the expense of their parents. more »»

When is a smoke not a smoke?

November 10, 2013 I’ve been a smoker for about 12 years now. I started smoking in college, like a lot of people do. more »»

A fitting ending

November 10, 2013 Recently I got fitted for a new suit, because it’s been a while since I’ve had a small Laotian man grapple the inside of my trousers. more »»

 
 

 

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