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The gift of a mentor

October 18, 2017 According to the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, the movies bring many examples of great, heroic mentoring. “Yoda and Luke Skywalker. Coach Bombay and the Mighty Ducks. more »»

 
 
 
#MeToo

October 18, 2017 It took me all week so far to write this column, because I was trying to avoid this particular topic. My bosses tell me they’d like it if there was more happy content in our newspaper. more »»

Smart: inside and out

October 18, 2017 If you’re my age or older, you probably remember the scene in “A League of Her Own” in which Tom Hanks as manager of a World War II era women’s baseball team yells at a sobbing player, “There’s no... more »»

What’s the good word?

October 18, 2017 I think here in the newsroom, we too often become bogged down in the things we must do. Our job is foremost to attend governmental meetings to help them remain transparent to the public. more »»

This is the time

October 18, 2017 “Amy, you did it. more »»

Your one wild & precious life

October 18, 2017 The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating... more »»

Cough cough

October 18, 2017 My usual mantra is:?I?never get sick. more »»

A community that’s present when you need it

October 18, 2017 Pottawattamie. Woodbury, Polk, Clinton, Johnson. Muscatine. Jasper., Black Hawk. What do these counties have in common? They are some of the counties that contain Iowa’s urban areas. more »»

Black History Month

October 18, 2017 I grew up in Sioux City, on the north side by North High School, and my world was predominantly white. My parents were school guidance counselors, and they had black friends:? Mr. W. more »»

Being Iowan

October 18, 2017 I recently answered the question, “Where are you from?” this way: I was born in Carroll, Iowa to two Crawford county teenagers. I was whisked away from St. more »»

Update on a rough rider

October 18, 2017 After a rough day for just about everyone on June 30 last, I was invited to the Emmet County Fairgrounds to meet Tony Jones and his horse, Ellen. more »»

Working in Emmet County

October 18, 2017 I’ve dreamed of a Labor Day feature on work since, oh, probably Memorial Day or some other long weekend in which we asked, “What do we want to do for Monday’s paper?” The more we can set up early,... more »»

Food, glorious food!

October 18, 2017 There is a new project starting to sizzle in Emmet County. Check out the website www.esthervillecommunitymeals.com, in its foundational stages by Morphew Studios. more »»

Pencils, notebooks, and mental health

October 18, 2017 This one is for all the kids going back to school. Mental Health America just emailed me a back to school toolki. more »»

Anything can happen if you let it. —Mary Poppins

October 18, 2017 Answers to the talkback at last weekend’s play: “I enjoyed Tawny’s story about trying to find fulfillment through shopping and hair.” “I have invited strangers to my home. more »»

Robin flies away

October 18, 2017 This column won’t make you laugh, and that’s a shame, because it’s about one of the most joyful and silly individuals I ever knew: my childhood friend, Robin Oss. more »»

Will spring spring forth?

October 18, 2017 I woke up the morning of the Ides of March to zero degrees and a sluggish vehicle. more »»

And the cat came back…

October 18, 2017 In honor of International Cat day, I bring you a noisy, bossy, and fickle feline. This is Flannery O’Connor. more »»

Here comes the sun and I say it’s all right

October 18, 2017 “Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here. Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right. more »»

Joy and work

October 18, 2017 I’m still looking for help with a project. It’s the whiteboard project. We didn’t make it into the August issue of Our Hometown, so we’re shooting for the Labor Day edition of the Estherville Ne. more »»

It’s spring and the Iowa Lakes(and rivers) are turning blue

October 18, 2017 The world, including the Empire State building in New York City and a host of other world landmarks, are going blue for autism awareness on Sunday, April . more »»

 
 
 

 

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