Category Archives: Work Life

A Difficult And Strange Season Of Weather

By Carmen Black (Editor’s Note: Iowa Farmers deal with an existential reality that is the weather. Regardless of increasingly polarized discussions about climate change, weather affects real people in tangible ways. Carmen recently wrote this piece to members of her … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Farming | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Outside The Comfort Zone

In an effort to get outside my comfort zone I tried something new. I went to a media event called “Pints and Politics” at the Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Swisher Thursday after my shift at the home, farm … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Why Don’t Iowa Farmers Export More to Europe?

During a brief appearance at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta on July 26, President Trump claimed a trade breakthrough with European allies. “We just opened up Europe for you,” he said. Not so fast! On Saturday, European Union Commission … Continue reading

Posted in Farming, Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Helsinki and New START

I don’t know one person, acquaintance or public figure who thought the July 16 meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki went well. The only people who found a ray of hope in the awkward encounter are those … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Abolition | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Rise of Nuclear Power was a Bad Idea

In a broader perspective, the rise of nuclear power was a bad idea. It always required substantial government subsidies, and there is no solution for handling spent fuel rods and radioactive equipment. If there is a disaster like Fukushima Daiichi … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Abolition | Tagged , | Leave a comment

We’re Going Home — Donald Kaul

We knew Donald Kaul had prostate cancer and it spread to his bones. He’d been ill for a number of years but after this diagnosis, the prognosis was not good — we expected him to die this year and he … Continue reading

Posted in Obituaries, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Staycation 2018

There’s plenty to do on the property so this week will be a staycation. I took paid vacation from the home, farm and auto supply store. On day three of an eight day work hiatus, I left the property twice, … Continue reading

Posted in Home Life, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment