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Birthdays are fraught with peril

March 2, 2014 The best part about a birthday party for a four-year-old that isn’t yours is nothing. There is no good thing about it. more »»

Becoming ‘throwers of starfish’

March 2, 2014 I am surrounded with friends and family who do not share the same passion of green and organic living as me. more »»

Working out the gyms

February 28, 2014 Dear Readers: Many folks JOIN GYMS around the start of the yea. more »»

Issues in the bedroom affect couple’s intimacy

February 27, 2014 Q: How can a couple resolve issues over the frequency of sex? My wife would be content making love once a month, which doesn't come close to satisfying me. more »»

Celebrate youth art month

February 26, 2014 March is Youth Art Month and every year the auditorium at Fisher Community Center fills up with amazing artwork created by the students in Marshalltown Community School Distric. more »»

Ten years in Iowa

February 25, 2014 It’s been nearly 10 years since I threw caution to the wind, loaded up my car with my worldly (and not-so-worldly) possessions and ventured off to a new place called Iowa. more »»

Let’s keep talking, even if it’s tough

February 23, 2014 This week we asked for input from our readers on a topic that’s not the most comfortable to talk about — racism. More specifically, racism in Marshalltown. more »»

Netflix versus The World

February 23, 2014 So, who spent Valentine’s Day in the dark embrace of politics, back stabbing and murder? I really hope you know I’m talking about watching season 2 of “House of Cards;” otherwise that might be the... more »»

Fixing plumbing is a pipe dream

February 23, 2014 I don’t mean to brag, but I’m probably the handiest guy currently in my living room (sorry wife, sister-in-law, baby and cat!). Wait, Mike Rowe just came on the TV trying to sell me a Ford. more »»

How a simple request turned into $1,000 savings

February 22, 2014 Dear Mary: In a recent column, a reader wrote saying it didn't work to call her credit card company to ask them to lower her credit card's interest rate. Your response reminded me that I had a 14. more »»

Things NOT to say to your child — instead use positive reinforcement

February 20, 2014 Many parents can get very stressed trying to do too much; working full-time, running kids to events/appointments, cooking, cleaning, volunteering, car-pooling, etc. more »»

Parents in the driver’s seat of their child’s growth

February 19, 2014 Rebecca Johnson knows the value of Area Education Agency (AEA) service. more »»

Spotting buses on the road

February 18, 2014 You know that phase when a youngster is learning to talk and they say some words the right way and some words wrong? Well, our 2-year-old son is in that phase now and the wrong words can be so... more »»

Rob Lowe and the all black cast remake

February 16, 2014 Why would anyone remake a Rob Lowe movie? Don’t get me wrong; I like Rob Lowe when he’s on TV (“The West Wing,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Stand”) but can you think of a single good movie where he... more »»

In case of emergency, let your wife do it

February 16, 2014 There are only a few instances where you should be required to go to the grocery store alone with an infant. They are outlined below: 1. more »»

How to make a better fruit fly trap

February 15, 2014 In a recent column I showed you how to make a very effective fruit fly trap. I thought my trap was quite effective because I caught those flies that were driving me nuts. more »»

No love for bedbugs

February 14, 2014 Dear Heloise: Is there an at-home remedy to get rid of BEDBUGS? -- A Reader in Washington. more »»

Valentine’s Day can give kids unrealistic ideas about love

February 13, 2014 Q: Do you have any recommendations for celebrating Valentine's Day? I'd like my daughter to be able to enjoy the experience, but I don't want to reinforce our culture's misguided ideas about romanc. more »»

Consider career/volunteer opportunities in Emergency Medical Services

February 12, 2014 Have you ever called 911 for an emergency and wondered if someone would come? How long it would take for help to arrive? This is a real concern for residents living in small towns. more »»

Olympics has me hooked

February 11, 2014 It didn’t take long this year for NBC and the Winter Olympics to have me hooked. more »»



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