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A little late for Ag Week, but here we go. As I sit here tonight I’m reflecting on the situation I was in seven years ago. I was working a job that I loved but was taking its toll on me. I … more
On a balmy February afternoon, I succumbed to the nagging temptation. I could not help myself. Just inside my garden fence I scratched in small patches of seeds—lettuce, spinach and radishes. … more
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Sue Cates, who currently runs JC’s Dairy Den with her husband, Jim, and Jeanie Botos, whose mother, Jennie Hiller, built and opened the … more
I had the opportunity to snap a couple photos at the ribbon cutting for West Law Office last week, and while I was there a few things happened that meant more to me than people probably know. … more
Voters have busy lives — families to care for, jobs demanding their attention, bills to worry about.  So, they can be forgiven if they do not closely track their government … more
There it was! —the loose white thread in the corner. A “rrriiipp” resounded through the garage as I tugged the string. Just like that, the fifty-pound bag of chicken feed gaped … more
I recently rewatched one of my favorite movies and was reminded just exactly why this movie is in my top 10. My favorite release of 2022, “She Said,” gave power back to women, such as … more
The wind whispered outside the kitchen window as it carved a new signature into the gentle peaks next to the house. Tomorrow would mean shoveling out in the farm yard, but tonight we were safe and … more
These days, with political campaigns that seem to go on forever, Iowans may not recognize the significance of what occurred at polling places across the state on Nov. 5, 1968. Voters approved an … more
For many people, movies are not exactly something that they enjoy. I come across many people that enjoy watching documentaries. So for this week, I wanted to talk about my favorite documentary … more
Sports Illustrated is on life support Just a few years after Authentic Brands Group purchased Sports Illustrated for $110 million, the legendary publication is effectively on life support after … more
To begin this newsletter, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to the constituents of House District 15 for trusting me to be your voice at the Statehouse. It is truly an honor and … more
Last Monday more than a hundred thousand Iowans participated in their precinct caucuses and made their voice heard in the first contest of the presidential nominating process. It will be nice to get … more
The 2024 session of the Iowa Legislature began on January 8, and work began on various topics. The biggest topic making news was the Governor’s plan to reform our Area Education Agencies. It … more
This week, we witnessed Americans from tiny towns and big cities come together on the National Mall in celebration of the gift we all share – life. During this year’s March for Life, … more
“ Ha! Ha! I laugh at danger!” Ralph, fearless explorer, sets out for the one place he’s never been before—the North Pole. In this delightful children’s book, “ … more
The increasing secrecy by Iowa law enforcement and their lawyers about identifying people by name raises important questions underlying public confidence in the critical work of first-responders. The … more
Iowa lawmakers are gathering once again in Des Moines for another year of debating and passing legislation. The democratic process is something America prides itself on and one that requires … more
The curse didn’t touch this movie. A new addition to the A24 list, “The Iron Claw,” is also a new addition to my five-star movie list. I have only given 35 of my 2,323 watched … more
I was flabbergasted at a recent post on social media that listed words that have fallen out of use over time. This awakened childhood memories. Yessirree, Bob! Dad often made it clear that we never … more
The first horror release of 2024 is here. Hitting theaters Jan. 5, Bryce McGuire’s “Night Swim” rang in the new year with a jump scare. With producers Jason Blum and James Wan, this … more
Last Thursday, something we’ve watched happen far too often in this country happened in Perry, Iowa. When I say “watched,” I mean it. I’m guilty of it, too. After each … more
Like many Iowans, my thoughts have been rather chaotic since the horrible news from Perry High School last week. The events were so sad and senseless. A 17-year-old student was dead, having shot … more
Generation Z has given the new year a new name — 2024 (for) the plot. Emphasizing their acts toward creating a chaotic and unforgettable year. I can get behind the name, but for different … more
“ Hey, Buddy, what do you say?” My heart smiles every time I hear this or a similar phrase from a parent who is teaching his or her child good manners. My siblings and I may have … more
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