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Roundtable By: 01/27/2015 @ 7:26am

I think most of the world’s problems could be solved if everyone, at least once a week, ate breakfast in a diner, seated at a round table with half a dozen people they didn’t…

Downton vs. the Super Bowl By: 01/26/2015 @ 10:30am

Sunday afternoons at our house are spent waiting for Downton Abbey to air. It wasn’t always this way. There once was a time when Sunday afternoon meant anticipating such manly…

Talking Out Loud By: 01/20/2015 @ 6:33am

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.I read this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and have been…

The Colonoscopy By: 01/12/2015 @ 7:13am

The twin Pratt & Whitney turbo ramjet engines on the SR-71 Blackbird produce 34,000 pounds of thrust apiece, enabling the spy plane to blast through the sky at speeds in…

Your Worst Critics? Your… By: 01/09/2015 @ 5:33pm

Every farmer in Iowa should have been at the Des Moines Water Works Thursday when its board voted to sue three northern Iowa Counties that run the drainage districts that Water…

Gloria By: 01/06/2015 @ 6:23am

Gloria's a little grumpy.I’m blaming my wife. She’s the one who let Gloria into the house for the afternoon, and now that’s all she can think of.Gloria is one of our…

Christmas in Kansas City By: 01/05/2015 @ 7:13am

My wife and I recently motored to Kansas City to visit our youngest son and to sample some of the exciting offerings in the City of Fountains. We considered touring the Federal…

Kansas City Coffee By: 12/30/2014 @ 12:45pm

Kansas City is a town that’s often associated with such fearsome forces as the Royals and the Chiefs and Hallmark Greeting Cards. It's also a bustling metropolis where one…

Christmas 2014 By: 12/22/2014 @ 3:25pm

“I just think things are awful.” You hear people say that all the time.  People talk about all the horrible events that have happened since 9-11 - the recession, the…

The 4 Seasons of Farming By: 12/19/2014 @ 6:53am

Spring is my favorite time of year.      Spring, a time when life renews itself, throwing off the frosty shackles of Winter. It heralds the beginning of a…

Nobel By: 12/16/2014 @ 10:12am

They handed out the Nobel Prizes last week.I didn’t get one.I wasn’t really expecting a call, but I read up on them, just in case.Alfred Nobel was a Swedish inventor and…

Christmas Gift Panic By: 12/15/2014 @ 8:25am

It’s nearly Christmas, which means that it’s almost time for me to begin thinking about considering the possibility of starting Christmas shopping. I am a die-hard…

Mark Twain By: 12/09/2014 @ 7:35am

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."  Mark Twain.Let’s talk about Mark Twain.  It’s funny how people see…

The Gut Bug By: 12/08/2014 @ 10:10am

An uninvited and unwelcome guest came to our house recently. His stay was short – only about 48 hours – but his visit left us emotionally and physically drained. I am speaking…

10 Below By: 12/02/2014 @ 7:20am

Thanksgiving Day.Ten degrees below zero and a foot of snow on the ground.I’m sure those two go together somehow, but right now it isn’t really coming to me.It’s not that…

Acts of Kindness By: 12/01/2014 @ 9:01am

This is the season wherein our thoughts turn toward performing acts of kindness for others. A prime example of such a thing might include sending a bolt of cloth to Lady Gaga so…

Storing Stuff By: 11/24/2014 @ 11:13am

“Where is that thingamajig?” I called out to my wife as I pawed though the junk drawer.“What thingamajig?” she called back.“You know. The one that I have to use to…

60 By: 11/18/2014 @ 7:48am

I’m going to be 60 in a couple of weeks.It’s one of those end-in-zero birthdays that should really provoke some thoughtful reflection about the direction my life has taken.It…

Thanksgiving Day Stuffing By: 11/17/2014 @ 12:13pm

It is Thanksgiving time, a traditional holiday that was started by the Pilgrims, a group of intrepid voyagers who decided to put ashore not far from the site of present day Boston…

Smoking By: 11/11/2014 @ 7:17am

My wife was laughing in her sleep when I left for work the other morning. It was a pleasant sound to start the day off, but a little humiliating because I’m afraid I know what…

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