Tag Archives: Book Review

Summer Begins

A letter from our rural medical clinic reached me early this morning. I read every word it had to say. I said, the letter reached me early this morning, I read every word it had to say. Rural life ain’t … Continue reading

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Waning Lilacs

Flowers began to fall from lilac bushes. Air is fragrant with sweet smell. It won’t last long. It is spring, which continues as it has for millennia, reminding us we are but a speck of dust in time by comparison. … Continue reading

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Heads in the Sand by Matthew Yglesias

Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias My rating: 4 of 5 stars Yglesias’ book was a timely read in the context of the Trump administration’s … Continue reading

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No Surrender by Jack Hatch

If interested in Iowa Democratic politics, read No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities by former state senator Jack Hatch. Read it now. There are few long, contemporary narratives about the state of the Iowa … Continue reading

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Saturday at Home

After a Saint Patrick’s Day meetup with friends in Iowa City I drove home, parked my car in the garage and haven’t moved it since. It was too cold for outside work on Saturday so I stayed in, did laundry, … Continue reading

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I Call Bullshit by David Shorr

I was predisposed to like David Shorr’s latest book. Shorr and I met in 2009 when I persuaded him to write an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register advocating for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. … Continue reading

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7 Things About 2016

It’s Christmas Eve in Big Grove, the ambient temperature is about freezing, and we’re ready to bunker in, finish decorating our Christmas tree and prepare a traditional supper of chili and cornbread. My Christmas wish is for peace on earth. … Continue reading

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