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Learning and living

August 8, 2016 Dear Dave, I’m a recently retired widow, and my husband always took care of most of our finances. more »»

Machina ex McDonald’s

August 7, 2016 It was late, it had been a long day, and I had skipped dinner. more »»

Who doesn’t love these zucchini recipes?

August 7, 2016 It’s zucchini time in Iowa. Zucchini Lasagna 2 medium zucchini 2 c. fresh sliced mushrooms 1 pkg. sliced Mozzarella cheese 2 eggs, beaten 1 to 2 lbs. hamburger 1 onion, chopped 2 8 oz. more »»

A soapy game show

August 7, 2016 One of my fondest childhood memories is going to the car wash with my dad. It was a fun father-son activity that allowed us to spend time together without all the unnecessary communication. more »»

Corn can’t pop

August 6, 2016 Corn prices continued their slow slide lower this week, falling under $3.20 per bushel for the first time in almost two year. more »»

The political picture

August 6, 2016 The good news is that both political conventions are now behind us. The bad news is that the election is ahead of us. more »»

The road to Trump wasn’t built in a day

August 6, 2016 The implosion is so big it’s drowning out the “he said this monstrous thing” or “that easily caught lie. more »»

Donald Trump and the fitness threshold

August 6, 2016 WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, the man who defied every political rule and prevailed to win his party’s nomination, last week took on perhaps the most sacred political rule of all: Never attack a Gold... more »»

Become familiar with stranger danger

August 5, 2016 Dear Readers: Need a lesson or activity to help you explain to your children about STRANGER DANGER? Teaching your children about this topic can be difficult sometimes. more »»

Trump’s shallowness runs deep

August 5, 2016 WASHINGTON — In the 1870s, when Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicago’s Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that... more »»

Trump blusters shamelessly, reminiscent of Joe McCarthy

August 5, 2016 WASHINGTON — Some 62 years ago, as a young reporter I sat at the press table in the Senate Caucus Room during the historic Army-McCarthy hearings, watching defense lawyer Joseph Welch irately walk... more »»

Trump simply can’t stop himself

August 5, 2016 This week, Donald Trump decided to step on every rake in a 30-mile radius. more »»

Newlywed miffed that hubby chose friends over day with her

August 4, 2016 Q: Should I be concerned that my husband of three months no longer wants to do everything together? Since marrying in April, we’ve had the time of our lives — just the two of us. more »»

Media’s convention tilt is unmissable — again

August 4, 2016 It’s an ironclad principle. Media coverage of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic conventions is a laboratory exercise to demonstrate how shamelessly partisan our political reporters truly ar. more »»

The third coming of Ben-Hur

August 4, 2016 Since Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ” grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom... more »»

Lessons from the deep state

August 4, 2016 On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks — the courageous international organization dedicated to governmental transparency — exposed hundreds of internal emails circulated among... more »»

A tribute: At Home With Darlene

August 3, 2016 It’s not often I come across somebody who makes a lifelong impression on me. In fact, there have only been a handful of people in my lifetime I would place into that grou. more »»

Does either party have a winning strategy? Not clear

August 3, 2016 What is the campaign strategy for the two political parties? Clues can be had from the responses to a question I asked about a dozen dignitaries of each party at their conventions in Cleveland and... more »»

That Hillary

August 3, 2016 Six times now, I’ve revised the beginning of this column to avoid starting with the word “I,” my mother’s long-ago voice ringing in my ear. Not talking about oneself is a cornerstone of my upbringing. more »»

Democrats’ response reminds us of us

August 2, 2016 In the end, it wasn’t even clos. more »»

 
 
 

 

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