Category Archives: Review

Summer Reading 2019

For the next five weeks I’ll be covering weekdays for our editor Trish Nelson who is on summer break. This is my seventh year to provide summer posts, and more than ten years since I began posting at Blog for … Continue reading

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Rainy Days and Smarshing it Up

Early planting is done… then it rained. The ground has been too wet for planting so Friday became a day for weeding and staking the sugar snap peas. I moved seedlings from the garage to the dining room to protect … Continue reading

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Tallgrass Conversations – Book Review

“Prairie is among the most altered and threatened ecosystems in the world,” Thomas Dean of Iowa City wrote in a new book he co-authored with Cindy Crosby of Glen Ellyn, Ill. “Care of the world is always essential, and care … Continue reading

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle ObamaMy rating: 4 of 5 stars What surprised me was the clarity with which Obama depicted a life on the South Side of Chicago and how it influenced her both while coming up and once she had … Continue reading

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An Uncivil War by Greg Sargent

An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics by Greg Sargent My rating: 4 of 5 stars Written before the 2018 Midterms and Bret Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, Greg … Continue reading

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Summer Begins

A letter from our rural medical clinic reached me early this morning. I read every word it had to say. I said, the letter reached me early this morning, I read every word it had to say. Rural life ain’t … Continue reading

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Waning Lilacs

Flowers began to fall from lilac bushes. Air is fragrant with sweet smell. It won’t last long. It is spring, which continues as it has for millennia, reminding us we are but a speck of dust in time by comparison. … Continue reading

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