Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Waking and the Imagination

I’m not a fan of human physiology. Given a Cartesian outlook toward life, I’d rather not think about or acknowledge my physicality even exists. Yet there it is, influencing my daily affairs in ways I don’t comprehend. The physicality of … Continue reading

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Nothing Matters in Government

At 11:21 p.m. yesterday the U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted to pass a tax reform bill on a partisan vote, according to Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia). Note well, it was during the dark of night. No Congressional Budget Office scoring, … Continue reading

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Armistice Day at Home

Most of Armistice Day was at home. The forecast had been rain, however, a clear fall day unfolded and I planted garlic. Pushing cloves into the ground with my thumb and index finger, I made two rows and covered them … Continue reading

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Back to Work

The desultory nature of lowly paid work is a grind. That’s what I found yesterday upon returning to the home, farm and auto supply store after a four-day vacation. By afternoon I was ready for a nap but instead scratched … Continue reading

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Solon Council is Iowa Nice

The president of the Gallery Acres West home owners association invited me to attend Wednesday’s city council meeting and I did. I was amazed. It was amazing that council gave such thoughtful and considerate deliberation to a request by the … Continue reading

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Political Engagement and the City Elections

Never mistake absence of political noise for lack of a campaign. In both Solon and West Branch, the number of write-in votes in yesterday’s city elections was substantial. West Branch write-ins may make a difference in the outcome of one … Continue reading

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Last Share at Sundog Farm

The sun set as I pulled into Sundog Farm, home of Local Harvest CSA. Eileen from Turkey Creek Orchard had just dropped off fresh aronia berries and jars of fruit jam to fill orders placed over the weekend. Farmers Carmen … Continue reading

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