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I will not die of stupid

Someday, I’m going to die. This, I grudgingly accept. I have no idea how it’s going to happen. Maybe I will die of having a tree fall on me, of eating tainted shellfish, or of being struck by lightning. But this much I guarantee. I will not die of having wagered my life that TV carnival ...

Shared pandemic experience will change us in countless ways

“Where were you when ...?” We’ve all asked this sort of question. Where were you when the planes hit the Twin Towers? Where were you when you heard JFK was shot? Where were you when you heard Kobe Bryant died? The unstated thing about such questions is the assumption that you were a ...

The power of grump

Has your job put you in a bad mood? That’s good. That’s right! When it comes to success in business, and maybe in life, bad is good. Ask Hugh Grant. The “loveable, floppy-haired prince charming” on screen is so crabby and gloomy off screen that ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley ...

Support what is good in life, in Iowa

Iowans all across this state are going through a similar range of emotions together. COVID-19 haunts our communities like a dangerous ghost. The uncertainty of how we get through can feel daunting at times. But personally, every time I think how badly I want to sit down with friends for a ...

Every crisis an opportunity

This week, the price of oil futures collapsed catastrophically. In fact, the prices collapsed into negative territory in the near term. This bizarre situation, prompted by lack of consumer demand and lack of storage facility, led the irrepressible Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to ...

PELÉ diet

Instead of gaining pounds while sheltering in place, use this home-bound time to achieve that elusive weight you’ve been wishing for. I call it the PELÉ diet, after Edson Arantes do Nascimento, in my opinion one of the greatest athletes of all time (professional footballer), right up there ...