Category Archives: Social Commentary

Getting Across the Line

Can low income workers and retirees afford social media? The conclusion I’m coming to is no. Social media has served to engage me in writing brief posts, in collecting news, and from time to time, in chatting with friends and … Continue reading

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Influenza, Viruses and Sickness in the Land

On Monday I went to the Urgent Care clinic for a persistent cold. After a thorough examination, and many questions about the trajectory of symptoms, doctor leaned against the counter in the small examination room and pronounced, “it’s viral.” It … Continue reading

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We’re Going Home — Bob Dvorsky

State Senator Bob Dvorsky’s decision to retire at the end of his current term hits close to home for a lot of reasons. He represented our family since we returned to Iowa in 1993. During the time since then he … Continue reading

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Solon City Council Steps Up

The City of Solon acted as a good neighbor on Dec. 20 when its city council voted 4-1 to provide water to Gallery Acres West, a subdivision three miles west of the city. The subdivision sought water service to help … Continue reading

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2017 in Big Grove

BIG GROVE TOWNSHIP — I found a quart jar of whole bean coffee in the pantry, ground a quarter cup, and made a pot with my French press — a bitter yet delicious treat while reflecting on the past year. … Continue reading

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Shotgun Season

Today is the first day of shotgun deer season. Until Dec. 17 Iowa shows its culture in tradition-laden, bloody and violent detail. The deer population needs culling. The damage they do in nature and on farms goes mostly unnoticed by … Continue reading

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Thrill is Gone

(Editor’s Note: This is a recycled post from June 15, 2012. Midst life’s ambiguities I’m not sure I am free from the spell.) My social media life began in November 2007 with creation of a Blogger web log. Since then, … Continue reading

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