Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Technology and Coming of Political Age

The 2000 presidential election was transformative. It came down to Florida as the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the ballot recount on Dec. 9, 2000, 32 days after the general election. The election was even close in nearby Cedar County, Iowa … Continue reading

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Brief Respite and T.V. Culture

The farmer sent a long text message. We delayed soil blocking because the forecast is cold overnight temperatures for the next week. The seedlings we might have planted would be at risk. Lambing at the farm added a complication. Her … Continue reading

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Cold For Now

A colleague at the home, farm and auto supply store is itching to get on the road. Last year he drove for a local asphalt company making pretty good dough. When the seasonal job wound down he returned to retail. … Continue reading

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Digging Out, Getting to Work

After four hours digging snow in the driveway wind came up and I shut down the operation. Mid-dig I made a cup of hot cocoa and took a break. I made it to the road, gaining access for when I … Continue reading

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Hot Chocolate on a Snowy Afternoon

Four and a half inches of snow rests on the driveway waiting to be removed. I like snow and don’t mind shoveling. I’ve gotten better at it since beginning work at the home, farm and auto supply store — a … Continue reading

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Zach Wahls Solon Listening Post

SOLON, Iowa — Snow began to fall about 10 a.m., an hour before the scheduled legislative listening post with our State Senator Zach Wahls. By the time I got to the community center, about three inches of fluff was on … Continue reading

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Market and Linn Streets

Editor’s Note: Originally posted on Nov. 4, 2011. I live in the country, in case this is the first time you are reading this blog. In economic tough times, we have to multitask any resource use, so when I drive … Continue reading

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