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Final thoughts from an old fire chief

September 25, 2013 I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 a.m. more »»

Animals among us

September 24, 2013 Being in the news business, I often have neighbors who like to tell me when there is important news. On Sunday, the news was actually near the homes of my neighbors. more »»

Inside a movie that you didn’t choose

September 22, 2013 Do you ever yell at movies? I’m sure you do, we’ve all done it at one point or another. more »»

The air sickness was terminal

September 22, 2013 At the end of one summer during college I decided I needed a vacation. Working at a golf store and standing around watching TV was, as you can imagine, quite exhausting. more »»

These stains are the pits!

September 20, 2013 Dear Heloise: I read an article in The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette in which you mentioned that you also wrote for Good Housekeeping magazine. more »»

Woman seeks support as she learns of husband’s affair

September 19, 2013 Q: My husband and I just moved to another state so he could get his MBA. Last night, he told me that he's been having an affair for a few months. more »»

MCC ensures workplace readiness with certifications

September 18, 2013 Marshalltown Community College prepares students to take one of two paths: to qualify for a job in today’s workforce, or to further their education by transferring their MCC credits to a university. more »»

The great silverware caper

September 17, 2013 I might have to start eating my cereal using a spatula as a spoon. Or cutting my chicken with a karate chop from my hand instead of a with a fork. more »»

Whatever happened to the weapons of tomorrow?

September 15, 2013 Just how many times are we going to have to sit through predictions of the Apocalypse? I’m not talking about the zeitgeist doomsayers; the people that got into predicting the end of all human life... more »»

The seedy underbelly of the oil industry

September 15, 2013 First it’s pink slime — the product used as filler in ground beef, which has the worst nickname since the manatee got the nickname “sea cow,” and now I read something that rocked me to my very core. more »»

Time to get the kids back to school

September 14, 2013 Just when you were getting used to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer -- here come the compelling ads informing us it's time to unload our wallets at back-to-school sales to outfit every child wit... more »»

The scent of home

September 13, 2013 Dear Heloise: After reading your column about how to find a LOST PET, I just had to send an idea that has successfully been implemented in our area several times. more »»

Caring for parents and children

September 12, 2013 I have had the opportunity to care for hundreds of children (and parents) over the last 20 years. more »»

Working together to improve Marshalltown schools

September 11, 2013 The board and employees of Marshalltown Community School District are encouraged by recent improvements in attendance, achievement, graduation and suspension/expulsion rates. more »»

I finally passed it on

September 10, 2013 Do you remember several months ago when I was on cloud nine because someone paid for my family’s meal at a local fast food place in a random act of kindness? Well, in that past column I wrote how I... more »»

You can’t say that anywhere

September 8, 2013 Ever been at a restaurant when it was someone’s birthday? Wretched, isn’t it? Not celebrating a birthday at a restaurant; who could have a problem with that? It’s when the customers ask/demand that... more »»

Becoming ‘The Walking Dead’

September 8, 2013 At first I thought AMC’s acclaimed “The Walking Dead” was a fictional horror/science fiction show about a zombie apocalypse. more »»

The pay-as-you-go route to higher education

September 7, 2013 Dear Mary: How do you finance your education without taking out loans? I need to get a master's degree, as I have hit a ceiling, but I don't have $40,000 and don't want to take out loans. more »»

Vacation is in the cards

September 6, 2013 Dear Heloise: When I have a vacation coming up, here's how I SAVE MONEY. more »»

Educators flock to Pinterest

September 4, 2013 While most people think of the popular social media site Pinterest as a place only for recipes and do-it-yourself crafts, it’s fast becoming a clearinghouse for busy educators looking for classroom... more »»



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