Reaching out to immigrants: Lessons learned
December 12, 2012 Immigrants have always contributed to the diversity of Marshalltown and Marshalltown Schools, each new culture bringing its own inherited beliefs, values, and knowledge evident in dress, language,... more »»
A 5K run on Jan. 26?
December 11, 2012 BRRRRRing it, cold weather I typically lace up the shoes and run in one 5K race a year in August, and that is usually fine with me. more »»
A new version of a classic tale
December 7, 2012 It’s a rare occasion when a classical piece of literature and a creative contemporary cast is put together in such a delightfully entertaining package as in “The Muppet Christmas Caro. more »»
Watch out for the ‘Duke of Destruction’
December 4, 2012 He can tear hard cover baby books in a single rip. He can clean out all the pots and pans from the kitchen cabinets and drawers and put them on the floor in a matter of minutes. more »»
I’m rich, I’m rich, I’m rich ... I’m still broke
December 2, 2012 Since I’m actually writing this column and not paying Navy Seals to fist fight kodiak bears inside a glass dome while throngs of well dressed courtiers feed me grapes and wine it should be obvious I... more »»
A baby shower or a hurricane?
December 2, 2012 This classic column originally published July 25, 2010. A baby shower is where people gather together around chocolate to give presents to a tiny stranger. more »»
How much money is worth picking up?
November 27, 2012 NOTE: Well, I wasn’t arrested yet for last week’s column about the piggy bank theft. You’ll notice here, I’m still on the topic of money this week, though I’m not stealing it. more »»
Holidays, nonidays, and the rule of three
November 25, 2012 I just shotgunned an entire Thanksgiving meal in about 20 minutes so bear with me if this doesn’t make any sense. Yes, I’m writing this on Thursday; columns are written well before they are published. more »»
It’s not exactly a ‘bail’ situation
November 16, 2012 I don’t like throwing parties. I like attending parties. I like talking to people at parties, I like the food/drink at parties and, under the right circumstances, I like dancing at parties. more »»
Raking ... the leaves of wrath
November 16, 2012 Last weekend I had the unfortunate task of raking, an annoying activity I still don’t understand why people do. It’s nature’s work, just let it b. more »»
The magic of date night
November 13, 2012 I see other parents talk about it all the time on Facebook, but rarely do I get to experience it. It’s called “date night” and a few weeks ago I was able to experience it in a big way with my wife. more »»