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In honor of International Cat day, I bring you a noisy, bossy, and fickle feline. This is Flannery O’Connor. She is an orange tabby who adopted us in September, 2014, just after daughter Caitlyn left for college. “You guys got this cat … more
A few days ago, an essay made the rounds on social media in which a mother compares Back to School in the ‘70s with Back to School in the 21st century. While her story included quite a bit of exaggeration for effect, it rang true to this former … more
There's this old song that was featured in the 1980s Annie movie, “Let's go to the movies!” Little Orphan Annie, spending a week as a guest of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, wants Warbucks to put down his phone and do something fun with her and … more
We've seen the way a protest of the death of George Floyd while he was detained by police in Minneapolis turned into a riot, and I've seen questions about Black Lives Matter with queries about why All Lives don't matter. This week's riots were … more
Wednesday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order to provide us with the policies and procedures for the safe and fair resumption of jury trials in our state. After all, trial by a jury of our peers is a fundamental right, and the social … more
I don’t know everything. Let’s get that out of the way now. Sometimes I’m smart, but I’m wrong a lot, because I take a lot of risks. And while I miss a lot of things about being younger, better looking, richer, more surrounded by friends, … more
I'm using my column space to allow our local high school seniors to express what this journey has been like for them, finishing senior year virtually, and with sports and activities cancelled. Estherville Lincoln Central Valedictorian Lena McCoy … more
Stay at home. Venture out only when necessary. Don't have people over. Meetings, church, restaurants and bars, service clubs, schools, coffee shops, and more of the usual ways we talk with and connect with others are closed. We can't visit elders in … more
Once again it's the time of year when we consider what we want to do better next year. If history shows that your resolutions usually die a quiet death sometime in February or March, perhaps this is the year to re-think how you set your … more
With the start of a new year I have decided to make some new changes in my habits for the better. One thing I want to do is purge myself of all the unnecessary clutter in my home. But that is another subject. I have also decided to try to read more … more
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