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Sixty Nine Days

It’s sixty nine days until what I hope is my last day of work at the home, farm and auto supply store… and “full retirement.” The paradigm upon which we based our life in Big Grove shifted. We settled here … Continue reading

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Five Easy Things to Improve Our Politics

In a hopeful year, the U.S. Congress is back to work, on Jan. 8 the state legislature convenes the second half of the 87th Iowa General Assembly, and grassroots politics begins another cycle with the Feb. 5 annual Iowa caucuses. … Continue reading

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After a Holiday Weekend

Three-day weekends are rare at the home, farm and auto supply store. However, this year the retail store was closed Monday for the Christmas holiday. I managed to get some things done. Mostly I slept, not understanding beforehand how much … 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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Going Home – Book Reading

On several occasions, friends and family politely informed me I must downsize my book collection. I resisted. The specific enjoyment of working at a desk, surrounded by books, may not be everyone’s idea of idyllic, however, for me it is … Continue reading

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Going Home – 2018

I’m going home now that my applications to the U.S. federal retirement program are approved. My first payment from Social Security is scheduled around Jan. 24, 2018. We both have health coverage through Medicare, a Medicare supplement policy, and a … Continue reading

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Ten Years of Blogging

On Nov. 10, 2007 I launched a blog called Big Grove News, named after the rural township where I live. I made three posts that day: a brief welcome announcement; a copy of a letter to the editor of the … Continue reading

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