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Several weeks ago actress Lena Dunham made headlines when she announced she would be taking some time out of the spotlight to get treatment for her endometriosis.    She was widely praised for being so open about a condition that some folks still find hard to discuss in public. I’m sure she didn’t, but if Lena had decided to read… Read more »

It’s not that simple

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Conspiracy theories are everywhere.   Some (who really shot JFK??) have been around for decades and may never be totally solved.  Some are brand new (did someone kill Justice Scalia?).  Some make a little bit of sense (did Marilyn Monroe REALLY commit suicide?) and some, well, don’t (there are half alien half human beings all around us!). I don’t mind… Read more »

I’m back

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Sorry I’ve been gone for a bit- I managed to get locked out of my own website.  That takes true talent- lucky for me I have that in spades. While I was gone several folks voted themselves off the Presidential Wannbe Island, Valentine’s Day happened, and Iowa had 2 blizzards.  Virtually everyone in North Iowa saw Hairball at the Surf… Read more »

Keeping America Great

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As I’m sure everyone knows, the Iowa Caucuses were held last night.  That means that today our TV and radios here in Iowa are political ad free for the first time since last summer.  Alas, the name calling and bad memes will continue on platforms like Facebook for the foreseeable future, but it’s considerable relief all Iowans nevertheless. So what… Read more »

Common Scents

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As I’m sure many of your know, Joey Feek of the country music duo Joey + Rory is gravely ill from cervical cancer and is expected to pass away very soon.  While reading about her struggle I inevitably came upon the posts from well-meaning folks who lament that if only Joey had used hemp oil/ frankincense/ thyme supplements/ etc.  she… Read more »

Guns a Blazing

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I don’t know how we got here, but our country is now is such a toxic place that whenever President Obama comments on anything there are two immediate responses: #1 He is the best thing since sliced bread.  Everything he says is just what I was thinking and I love him more than I love my own mother. #2 He’s… Read more »

The Rainbow of Personality

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How often have you heard someone say “Well, their true colors finally came out”?  I seem to be hearing a lot lately and I’ve noticed that there are two scenarios that lead to this statement. #1 Someone you know well- perhaps a family member- has been acting quote differently around certain people or groups of people in order to appear… Read more »

It works

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Tis the season for engagements! Like me, I bet most of you are sick of the constant jewelry ads that are everywhere this time of year.  But, the jewelry industry is well aware that Christmas Eve and Valentine’s Day are two of the most popular days of the year to “pop the question” so I don’t see the ads ending… Read more »

Pumpkin Love

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Nine years ago Thanksgiving wasn’t super happy for me.  I’d lost my 12 year old cat to an autoimmune disease only a few months after losing my OTHER 12 year old cat to kidney failure due to diabetes.  Plus, every year on Thanksgiving I think about my paternal grandfather who passed suddenly of a massive heart attack the day before… Read more »