Category Archives: Writing

Energy Matters

Friday I ran errands before the winter storm hit. Errands means filling the automobile fuel tank with gasoline, buying a lottery ticket, and driving south on Highway One to the grocery store in the county seat to purchase organic celery, … Continue reading

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Frozen Iowa

Reducing speed, I turned on the flashers to descend the ice-packed road leading to the Coralville Lake. One car was already in the ditch. Frozen rain covered everything Wednesday morning. The city where I was bound cancelled bus service for … Continue reading

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Bloggery

I ordered a printed version of this blog through the end of last year. It’s the first step in changing the appearance. The WordPress theme I use is free and serviceable. Maybe I’ve gotten used to it. I like the … Continue reading

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Grass Roots or Participatory Democracy?

It is a commonplace that effective organizations, especially political ones, should be “grass roots” driven. It is so commonplace the words are virtually meaningless. Let’s think about this. What drove the election of the current president was a strong movement … Continue reading

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Letters Home

Among the things I received from my late mother’s estate was a box of letters I wrote her. A lot of my letters were from the period 1976 until 1979 when I was stationed in a mechanized infantry division in … Continue reading

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Freezing Rain

It’s been tense the first days of 2020 as Iowa voters prepare for the upcoming election cycle. I’m temporary chair of our precinct caucus and there is a lot to pull together before Feb. 3, including finding a new location … Continue reading

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Local Food System Fragment

When I left a 25-year career in transportation and logistics, food occupied part of my attention. Over the years my blood pressure and cholesterol levels had increased, and when I left transportation they quickly returned to normal, mostly by eating … Continue reading

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