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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 »»

Honey, I shrunk your sweater

November 9, 2013 Dear Mary: Thank you for your many helpful articles. In a past column you wrote about how to un-shrink a wool sweater. All I can remember is that it involved baby shampoo. more »»

Ring around the commode

November 8, 2013 Dear Heloise: I have a HARD-WATER RING inside my toilet. You had a solution in The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press some time ago. more »»

Response to Intervention: A framework to raise student achievement

November 6, 2013 Much attention has been given by educators across the state lately to an approach known as Response to Intervention (RtI. more »»

Housework: men vs. women

November 5, 2013 Nobody told me heading into it that one of the biggest parts of a healthy marriage is dividing up the housework. This can be a source of sore feelings among couples. more »»

2013: The year of the disappearing Rooster

November 3, 2013 I have a long and storied love for sandwiches of all types. more »»

The tiniest, cutest hostage-taker

November 3, 2013 To truly get a 3 year old in bed for the night, it’s advised you begin 30 minutes after they wake up in the morning. Any longer and you’ll be scrambling and you probably shouldn’t even bother. more »»



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