May 20, 2014 For years it has been my pleasure to take photos of the Palo Alto Garden Club’s selection of Yard of the Month. The variety of gardens is amazing -- each is unique to its gardener. more »»
May 15, 2014 Spring is my favorite time of year. Not only do I enjoy the warmer temperatures, it is a treat to watch the land show signs of rejuvenation. Sometimes it happens right before your eyes. more »»
Perks of Aging
May 13, 2014 I received an email from my Dad today. It came with all the regular disclaimers so as not to offend anyone so maybe I better state some too. more »»
Ya Gotta Wonder…..
May 8, 2014 You may recall a while back, I wrote about a couple of stories from the News of the Weird, Offbeat and Just Plain out of the Ordinary. Most of these stories have been scattered across the U.S. more »»
May 6, 2014 There was a community meeting about RAGBRAI® last week and a good group of community residents attended. A lot of good information was shared with the public. more »»
Which Is It?
May 1, 2014 The spring after our daughter was born I said to my husband, “We need to get Abby a blast jacket. more »»
April 29, 2014 It's Spring and it's time to clean out closets and begin refreshing your wardrobe! Like most women, I read magazines. more »»
A Sense Of Entitlement?
April 24, 2014 We’re in the heart of Prom season, and it’s interesting to see what various schools do for their junior-senior Prom events – especially when I think back to my high school days, back in the day… For... more »»
April 22, 2014 We received the poem “Your Song” from Jennifer Schiltz, Sexual Abuse Counselor with CAASA, Palo Alto/Clay/Dickinson/Emmet counties. more »»
April 17, 2014 It is hard to believe that nearly five months ago New Year’s Resolutions were being made and goals were being set. more »»
Push Of Spring
April 15, 2014 The push of Spring has officially arrived and I can tell it everywhere! I awoke this morning to bright sunshine and the whirl of the street cleaner, followed closely by a lawnmower and knew, it has... more »»
I Don’t Recall...
April 10, 2014 The national media has been all abuzz of late over General Motors’ problems with ignition switches that may shut off if the key ring is too heavy. more »»
One Large Community
April 3, 2014 “Iowa is one big community.” That was the conclusion made by a women I met at the Iowa State Fair last summer while at a Commission of Veterans Affairs even. more »»
That Explains It!
April 1, 2014 I like the off-beat stuff – you know, the news stories that always make the very end of the hourly newscasts on the radio, or those “believe it or not” stories at the end of the network news. more »»
Picking Up After Ourselves
March 27, 2014 On those occasional days of Spring (the ones without cold North winds and the other ones with no snow) people are out and about enjoying the sunshin. more »»
What's In A Name?
March 25, 2014 When I arrived at my desk back in November, there was a note posted on the computer monitor with a list of all the towns in our area covered by our papers. I did not find that at all unusual. more »»
`Twas A Grand Weekend For All
March 20, 2014 The “good byes” have been said, promises made to renew friendships in a year’s time, and the book closes on another St. Patrick’s Celebration in Iowa Irish Capitol. This past weekend’s St. more »»
Spring In The Air
March 18, 2014 Thursday is officially the first day of Spring. Now don’t get all excited about balmy breezes and blooming flowers. That just isn’t going to happen for a while. We are still in the month of March. more »»