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Layered with Sadness

In our neighborhood a preteen found his father collapsed in the yard and ran for help. Despite best efforts by his partner of 30 years, emergency responders, and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, he died Sunday. … Continue reading

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Soft Landing

It’s been 30 days since retirement and I’m up to my old tricks. Like a hungry dog, I see things and want to be a part of them. “I’ll do this,” I say to myself and others. I run the … Continue reading

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Spring Burn Pile

Part of yesterday was spent outside — in the garden, working compost, cleaning buckets, collecting the bits of drainage tile used to support celery plants, tending the garlic, planting turnips and radishes. Using a bag of shredded office paper and … Continue reading

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Healing in Big Grove

A thick, wet snow blanketed the landscape overnight. Being a lifelong Iowan, driving on snowy roads across the lakes to today’s political convention shouldn’t be an issue if I take it slowly. I am on the arrangements committee and have … Continue reading

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I Might Die Tonight

BIG GROVE TOWNSHIP — It’s a little crazy for a 66 year old male to make plans. It would be easy to “go on the draw” as people I know have done. This framing comes from relatives and friends in … Continue reading

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Late Winter in Big Grove

It is time to use up fresh onions, garlic and potatoes, then rotate the canned goods so oldest jars are consumed first. Winter means soup, casseroles, pasta and hearty meals made from pantry and ice box ingredients. As the ambient … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2008

Driving through ranch and mining country along Interstate 76, large square bales of hay are stacked four high as a windbreak around feedlots. The harvest is in and irrigation rigs idle. On the distant horizon are wind turbines, It’s difficult … Continue reading

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