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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. My granddaughter and fiance live in a studio apartment in New Haven, CT. Oberon, the … more
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 subject is suicide. I recently read that some … more
It's a different kind of Memorial Day this year. American flags will be flying and the graves will be decorated with flowers as usual. This year, however, we will not gather as a group to pay tribute to the brave men and women who gave their … more
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. Personally, I have no problem wearing a … more
I'm not a big fan of social media. I shut down my Instagram and Twitter accounts long ago and I've only logged in to Facebook three times in the past six months, namely to find contact information for a story I was researching. I used to spend hours … more
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. Driving down Main Street you can see the sign "Closed Until Further … more
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 environment. Mental health affects everyone - While one in five American adults will experience a mental … more
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 think. It's a relief, but it's also a little frightening. This good news … more
In a rural community like ours, small businesses are a source of pride and a vital aspect of a thriving main street. The economic impact dealt by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced our local businesses to adapt or close entirely and the … more
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. I received two invitations in the mail to go online to … more
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