Author Archives: Paul Deaton


Patriotism does not belong to a political party. Veterans pay attention to where the country is going, engage in public discourse, and believe it is our responsibility to do so. Patriotism, concerns itself with ethics, law and devotion to the … Continue reading

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Getting Started

I was born in a hospital established in 1869 by the Sisters of Mercy on Marquette Street in Davenport, Iowa. Marquette was one of the first streets laid out by city founder Antoine Le Claire. I attended Kindergarten at Thomas … Continue reading

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Heat Advisory Blues

It seems like spring was never here. Big Grove is under a heat advisory until 7 p.m. today. That means hot temperatures and high humidity creating a risk of heat-related illnesses. It barely cooled overnight so the day gets a … Continue reading

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WYSIWYG – State Convention

I attended the Iowa Democratic Party state convention — unenthusiastically. I went once before and remember leaving around 9 p.m. while delegates argued the platform. More the reason to stay home and work in the garden as platforms are virtually … Continue reading

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My Lai 50 Years Later

After a shift at the farm I drove to the Coralville Public Library to see the exhibit about the My Lai massacre on March 16, 1968. Created by Mac MacDevitt, and sponsored by the Chicago chapter of Veterans for Peace, … Continue reading

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WYSIWYG – Primary Election

A lot of pixel dust has been spilled about the meaning of the June 5 Iowa Democratic primary. Read three people I follow Laura Belin, Pat Rynard and John Deeth for a perspective different from conventional news outlets. My take … Continue reading

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Farfalle with Arugula and Sugar Snap Peas

There is little point in growing a garden if one doesn’t use the produce. Yesterday I made the first pick of arugula and sugar snap peas for a classic dish with farfalle. Preparation is done while the pasta is cooking … Continue reading

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