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Brrrrr. Fall is here and winter is right around the corner. I’m going to talk about programming in the Children’s Dept. Some of it is new programming and some of it is continuing … more
AMES -- The arrival of autumn also means the arrival of winter squash at the grocery store, farmers market and in the home garden. Winter squash are popular and healthy vegetables providing vitamins … more
As the saying goes, art imitates life. One could say Sandy Moffett’s entertaining and enlightening novel, The Ghost of Craven Snuggs, has a whole lot of life to it. Moffett, emeritus … more
I try to stay atop the day’s news. But I must have dozed off last week — because I missed the response from Iowa Republican leaders to the Biden administration’s announcement of … more
Autumn is here and we feel the fresh air announces that winter is coming, while the Creator invites us to enjoy the beauty of nature, the plants and trees changing colors, the animals preparing for … more
Well, it’s happening……fall is here! Each new day I enjoy more beautiful signs; the colorful foliage, farmers’ fields turning to amber waves of grain, bright blue skies with … more
Who doesn’t like a good ghost story. Louise Erdrich takes a ghostly tale into the realm of humor with her latest enchanting novel, The Sentence, the story of a woman named Tookie who is … more
Have you ever been asked that question in the past several years? Now much time is spent on people’s computers and/or their smart phones. People’s jobs often include hours of reading on … more
“Reasonable” is a word that is used often in Iowa’s laws. Reasonable fees. Reasonable rules. Reasonable efforts. Reasonable force. But events in recent weeks show government … more
When prioritizing expenses, a major household bill is utilities (e.g., electricity, gas, water and sewer, landline and cell phone, and internet/cable). The highest utility cost is typically heating … more
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