Category Archives: Writing

Practical Gardening

Gardening is of light and shade, moisture and soil health, seed genetics and cultivation. It is an endeavor in which we can invest personal effort and a few resources to see practical results. We garden in complex creation, only partly … Continue reading

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Defining Moments in an Iowa Life

Editor’s Note: This series of nine posts was written from Jan. 18, 2009 until March 15, 2009 as I considered my life and what else I might accomplish. They are consolidated below unedited and in the order I wrote them. … Continue reading

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Winds of Change

Just as the election of Barack Obama encouraged me to leave a 25-year career in transportation and logistics, the presidency of Donald J. Trump is stirring winds of change. Where they will take our small family is uncertain. Each year … Continue reading

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A 2,000 Word Day

I’ll be filling in for editor Trish Nelson at Blog for Iowa the next two weeks while she takes a well-deserved break. To meet a daily posting requirement I wrote four posts Saturday in between gardening, cooking, mowing and laundry. … Continue reading

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Home Stretch

The campaign to survive after a transportation career turned the bend and is heading into the home stretch. Economic realities we face as a family continue to exist, but the effort to cope — including 12 lowly paid jobs since 2012 … Continue reading

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Living, Writing and Blogging

It’s 287 days until I plan to leave work at the home, farm and auto supply store and create a day job as a writer. I had hoped to continue writing when I joined the retail outlet. However, it has … Continue reading

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Cooking is Inspiration

The folks I hang with in the local food system are focused on product. Is the asparagus ready? What about the rhubarb? When should I plant peppers and tomatoes? How much should we put into a member share? I’m interested … Continue reading

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