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Curtains…What images open (or flutter) into your mind as you see the word? The curtain in the temple that ripped in two? The heavy velvet drapes in the auditorium that open to the first scene? … more
It's been a rough week for Bearcat nation. Men’s basketball head coach Ben McCollum took his leap towards his Division I dreams. Although many of us saw this day coming, it’s still … more
This past weekend, we packed up the car and drove nearly four hours to our hometown of Mason City in almost-Minnesota Iowa. By “we” I mean my fiancee, Morgan, our golden retriever, … more
The red, white and blue stripes spiraled in circles and disappeared like magic at the top. I stared in wonder at the lighted barber pole on Calumet Avenue that rainy April morning. Dad opened the … more
A conversation I have far too often is the difference between having a favorite movie and having a movie that you have seen more than any other movie. I have a list in my phone dedicated solely to … more
I had the opportunity to snap a couple photos at the ribbon cutting for West Law Office last week, and while I was there a few things happened that meant more to me than people probably know. … more
Every legislative session I have the privilege of hiring a legislative page to help support my office functions. Pages are typically high school juniors who take a semester off from school to … more
Do you ever realize, mid-stroke, that you have suddenly forgotten an important password? Ever forget a phone number—maybe even your own? Do you notice this happens more than it used to? … more
Since its release in 2013, my favorite movie has stayed the same. I saw “The Great Gatsby” when it first came out and I never looked back. It stuck with me so much that I hadn't since … more
For the second time in T.J. Otzelberger’s three years as head coach of the Iowa State men’s basketball program, the Cyclones are headed to the Sweet 16. His connection to Iowa State … more
The legislative session is grinding on as we approach the end of week 10 which is also our second funnel week, a self-imposed deadline between the chambers to have bills out of committee in order to … more
I have one fence. It is three-foot chicken wire attached to steel posts. Its main purpose—to keep the rabbits out of my garden. The fence was a success until July of last year. One industrious … more
Women’s History Month is about more than the contributions that women across the world have given to pave our world today. It highlights the women who have walked the earth, making even the … more
“ Will you please bring me two sticks of oleo?” Mom asked as she prepared to mix up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Elbows on the table, I watched her get out her big crockery mixing … more
It's been one week since associate editor Aaron Hickman and graphic designer MaKayla Polak saw “Dune: Part Two” in theaters, which could only mean one thing: an extra special edition of … more
Every day, late in the afternoon, Deloris, Darlene or Dorothy hoofed it, often barefoot, out to the pasture to get Boss or bossies headed home for the evening milking. My sisters all remember … more
Finding research on sexual harassment is nearly impossible, that is, in reference to it being outside of the workplace. It goes so much further than sitting behind a desk, yet millions of people … more
I recently spent some time at the Harrison County Historical Village and Iowa Welcome Center between Missouri Valley and Logan on Highway 30. While I had been there before, I had never taken in … more
Sprinkles and Mudcat purred and rubbed against my legs as I sat on the front step. My sisters were inside making supper. Mom and the guys were out doing evening chores. Suddenly both cats lifted … more
One of my favorite days of the entire year is the Century and Heritage Farm ceremony that takes place during the Iowa State Fair. During the all-day event in the historic Livestock Pavilion, hundreds … more
With mass shootings still infiltrating headlines, I sat down to watch one of my favorite movies — “The Fallout.” This movie is a true testament to how students in America overcome … more
We just finished the seventh week of the 2024 Legislative session, and we have finally begun floor debate. Last week was the first funnel week, the self-imposed legislative deadline by which all … more
The house smelled of lemons. Voice and vacuum noise echoed from the living room. Mom and my sisters were spring cleaning—dusting, polishing, vacuuming behind furniture. For some unexplainable … more
Voters have busy lives — families to care for, jobs demanding their attention, bills to worry about.  So, they can be forgiven if they do not closely track their government … more
Chiefs fans around the country experienced tears of joy after the back-to-back Super Bowl win. Not even 72 hours later, those tears suddenly become saddened with pain and hurt. During the parade in … more
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