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Why We Can't Be Friends By: 10/21/2014 @ 6:15am

I was working on my daughter’s heating system and having a few issues.  Since I was operating right on the ragged edge of incompetence (a place I spend too much time), I…

Sensible Solutions Needed for… By: 08/19/2014 @ 9:15am

On Saturday, August 2, 2014, a toxin, microcystin, was found at the municipal water treatment plant in Toledo, Ohio. That discovery plunged a city of 500,000 people into a tap…

The Throwback By: 07/14/2014 @ 8:31am

The tale goes something like this: A pair of Norwegian homesteader brothers built themselves a nice granary, two stories tall, with a sturdy stairway. Come oat harvest they bagged…

Do the Math By: 07/07/2014 @ 8:05am

People who can do math are such a pain.And they can ruin a good story.I was thinking about that the other day when some folks in the café were talking about a local character who…

Picnic Season By: 06/30/2014 @ 8:37am

It’s summertime and the living is easy, especially if you enjoy picnics. At this time of year, a person could travel the length and breadth of our great nation while eating your…

Contentment By: 06/24/2014 @ 7:27am

Two days of contentment.That’s what the farmers in our area have had this year - about two days of contentment.That’s not as bad as it sounds . . . I remember a decade when I…

Farmers Market Memories By: 06/23/2014 @ 9:42am

After being told for several months that it’s on backorder, our warm weather has at last arrived. And in yet another illustration of “be careful what you wish for,” I have…

Simple Man By: 06/17/2014 @ 7:47am

I’m a simple man. I suppose that’s why there is so much I don’t understand in the world. For instance . . . last week we had a grandchild sleepover. I sort of understand how…

Branson by Air By: 06/16/2014 @ 8:46am

The major goals of any vacation include relaxing and getting away from it all. One of the problems we encountered during our recent sojourn in Branson was getting anywhere at all…

Listening By: 06/10/2014 @ 7:05am

Did you see the news story about the 89-year-old guy in England who wanted to attend the D-Day Memorial Services in Normandy?  The staff at the nursing home where he lived…

Branson Ramblings By: 06/09/2014 @ 9:04am

It’s easy to tell when you’re closing in on Branson, Missouri. The billboards trumpeting Branson’s attractions become so numerous, they almost form a picket fence.The first…

The Old Man By: 06/03/2014 @ 12:46pm

I saw an old friend this week and we talked a little Hemingway.We do have other things in common, but we’re a couple of old guys who have an affection for another old guy…

Missouri Meanderings By: 06/02/2014 @ 8:04am

There is much to recommend about Winterset, Iowa. For instance, the town’s museum boasts a limestone outhouse that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As…

Memorial Day and Graduation… By: 05/27/2014 @ 7:45am

Having Graduation Day and Memorial Day in such close proximity has the potential to be a little odd.  It can lead to a pretty emotional weekend.This year we only have four…

Happy Trails By: 05/27/2014 @ 7:40am

My wife and I depend on luck whenever we embark upon motorcar vacations. We like to “live off the land” using only a credit card and the maps app on my smartphone. The travel…

Start From Where We Are By: 05/20/2014 @ 7:30am

On the way home church on Sunday, we were having a conversation.It may have been more of a one-sided conversation than the usual definition of the word conversation.OK, I may have…

A Secret Society By: 05/19/2014 @ 1:22pm

This might come as a shock, but as a youngster I was forced to join a secret organization. This “club” even had a pledge that members had to recite as we stood and faced its…

The Right Notes By: 05/13/2014 @ 7:31am

When the universe sends you the same message from two different directions, I think it’s important to pay attention.A while ago, I heard an interview with Harry Connick Jr., the…

Farmland: New Documentary is… By: 05/12/2014 @ 9:52am

Massive storm clouds and severe weather alerts set the stage last night for the Ames, Iowa, premiere of Farmland. It was a fitting backdrop for the opening scene as David and Kris…

It's a Plane! By: 05/12/2014 @ 8:43am

Like many little kids, I was deeply envious of birds. Not just because they can fly, but also because they can go to the bathroom while doing so. Imagine how much fun that would…

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