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Landslide

We don’t have mountains in Iowa. There are only so many cliffs. The idea of a landslide conjures something abstract and usage is mostly related to politics and the hope of a big win in the November general election. Politics … Continue reading

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Fermenting A Vinegary Fall

We were busy at the orchard last weekend with perfect fall weather: sunshine and cooler temperatures. Throngs of people visited picking apples, buying apple products, and having fun with friends and family. We are at peak apple cider sweetness this … Continue reading

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Getting Salt in the Last Week of Summer

Another week of summer and already I’ve turned to fall. This is Jonathan apple weekend at the orchard, marking halfway through the retail and u-pick season. When I think of a red apple, I think of Jonathan. We grow half … Continue reading

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Hard Road to Winning

My first election campaign spoiled me. I stopped at the Democratic headquarters in Davenport, Iowa in 1964, after paying the bill for my newspaper route, to stuff envelopes during Lyndon Johnson’s re-election campaign. Other campaign workers gave me a campaign … Continue reading

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Taking a Deep Dive

It’s raining as I type on the keyboard. Rain is to relent and I hope it does because one of the farmers for whom I work is getting married today. In our small family there are not many celebrations. I’m … Continue reading

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At Summer’s End

We turned on the T.V. for the first time in a couple of years to watch the weather report. A large storm moved across Iowa at a high rate of speed and despite home computers, mobile devices, and a community … Continue reading

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Late Summer in Iowa

A pall fell on Iowa as the family prepares for tomorrow’s funeral of Mollie Tibbetts, the 20 year-old college student who was murdered near Brooklyn, Iowa. Many of us feel a connection to her whether we knew her or not. … Continue reading

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