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A Difficult Subject

June 2, 2020 May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and though there are just a few days remaining, I would like to discuss a subject that is extremely important, not only this month but all year long, and that... more »»

Growing A Garden In Containers

June 2, 2020 Isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 brings out the creativity in everyone. What you can do in the confines of your home or apartment is pretty amazing. more »»

Different vs Same

May 22, 2020 Our lives have been consumed by COVID-19. We live in a world of constant warnings, constant updates, constant reminders to keep ourselves healthy and safe from the pandemic that has swept the world. more »»

On Memorial Day

May 22, 2020 It’s a different kind of Memorial Day this year. American flags will be flying and the graves will be decorated with flowers as usua. more »»

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 12, 2020 May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a time to shine a light on mental health to help lessen the stigma and create a more inclusive environmen. more »»

Think of Mom

May 12, 2020 Last week, out of the blue, this sudden thought popped into my head to go watch a movie. And not a movie on television. I want to go to our own Riviera theatre and watch a movie. more »»

Social Media Blues

May 12, 2020 I'm not a big fan of social media. more »»

Support Local News

May 5, 2020 In a rural community like ours, small businesses are a source of pride and a vital aspect of a thriving main stree. more »»

Open For Business

May 5, 2020 We have grown so accustomed to a solitary lifestyle, news from Governor Kim Reynolds that we will have a limited “re-opening” in Iowa the end of this week is good news ... I thin. more »»

To-Do List:

April 24, 2020 One would think, with more at-home time, the to-do list would dwindle. But, there is always something more to do. One of the items on my personal to-do list is to respond to the 2020 Census. more »»

Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2020 Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. more »»

Wait a minute...

April 15, 2020 Isn’t this supposed to be Spring? Easter Sunday dawned with snow on the ground. And it kept snowing and blowing all day long. more »»

What to do ... first

April 9, 2020 When we were just getting used to “cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns,” we are now facing the reality that everything is put on hold - at least until April 30, and maybe beyond that. Time will tell. more »»

Quarantine and Chill

April 8, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic and the effort to stop its spread by social distancing and self-quarantine has completely disrupted our typical routines, forcing us into an almost unrecognizable new normal of... more »»

The Silver Lining

April 3, 2020 The past couple of weeks have been (insert adjective here). Strange, frustrating, and worrisome instantly come to my mind. more »»

Acts of Kindness

April 3, 2020 There are so many acts of kindness with people pulling together during this time of crisis. It makes me proud to live in a close-knit, small, rural community. We know how to take care of one anothe. more »»

School From Home And Other Thoughts

March 27, 2020 This is our second week in survival mode with the threat of Coronavirus - COVID-19. It has become the new normal for the foreseeable future. Schools are closed and people are advised to stay home. more »»

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 23, 2020 The Emmetsburg Irish are a hardy bunch. more »»

Lucky Early Spring

March 23, 2020 My first St Pat’s Day in Emmetsburg was frigidly cold and icy. Still I loved the vibrancy of all the revelers. It was a sea of green clothing and smiling faces. more »»

Determining COVID-19 Fact from Fiction

March 23, 2020 I am not a hypochondriac. In fact, on most days I try not to think about my health, historically to my own detriment. more »»



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