Tag Archives: summer

Watching it Rain

I’m sitting in the back of my pickup truck, the tailgate is down. Gentle summer rain is falling. The tips of my toes are getting wet but I don’t mind. We need the rain. In Des Moines political parties are … Continue reading

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Practical Gardening

Gardening is of light and shade, moisture and soil health, seed genetics and cultivation. It is an endeavor in which we can invest personal effort and a few resources to see practical results. We garden in complex creation, only partly … Continue reading

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New Saturday Night

Music filled the Saturday afternoon gap left by Garrison Keillor’s retirement. Not radio, but music recorded on audio cassette tapes. It is amazing there is even a player in the house. (There are two that work). The sound quality of … Continue reading

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Independence Day 2016

Sunday will mark completion of the seventh year since I retired from transportation. It was a risky decision. Nonetheless, my blood pressure immediately dropped into the normal range, and I began engaging differently in society with results that mattered more … Continue reading

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Summer Reading List

I posted a request for summer reading suggestions on Facebook and Twitter. There were a lot of replies and suggestions, some I would not have considered had I not asked. My summer usually begins with a re-read of The Great … Continue reading

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Friday at the Town Festival

SOLON— The hay bale rises above the crowd to clear the bar. Main Street is packed for the hay bay toss— a farm-related activity in a festival put on where traditional farming, matters. Bingo has begun, a band with a … Continue reading

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Friday in Iowa: Summer Reading

The phrase “summer reading” evokes when we took off from school, and had leisure time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For some it still involves barbecuing, boating, swimming, vacations and a host of activities tied to youth. Today, people … Continue reading

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