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Through history, the decisions by our presidents to issue pardons and commutations have always been topics of controversy. more
In a previous newsletter I highlighted Public Safety and law enforcement priorities for the coming General Assembly, which began on Monday, Jan. 11. In this week’s newsletter, I will highlight other priorities for the coming session. more
“We don’t want it to go to waste.” Our mother said it. She lived it. She taught it to her family. During our growing up years when we were saving, stretching, repairing, reusing and repurposing, we had no idea that we were using environmentally-friendly practices; the “green” movement had not yet begun. It was simply the way we lived. more
“We don’t want it to go to waste.” Our mother said it. She lived it. She taught it to her family. During our growing up years when we were saving, stretching, repairing, reusing and repurposing, we had no idea that we were using environmentally-friendly practices; the “green” movement had not yet begun. It was simply the way we lived. more
There are some high-minded legal principles written into Iowa laws and rulings by our state’s Supreme Court. But in recent weeks, one of those sound principles has run into a few closed-minded state officials and the closed doors of government. more
When I was sixteen years old, I was invited to speak at a little country church in rural Denver Kentucky, not far from Paintsville. more
2020 was weird, the strangest we’ve seen, The entire world struggled with Covid-19.   So many were sick, and so many died. The global community collectively … more
In the mid-fifties Dad and Don lugged our round oak kitchen table out to the barn and replaced it with a shiny new Art Deco model. The decade was the era of post-war abundance. As with hemlines and cars, Americans wanted their kitchens up-to-date. Style called for bright and bold, and the table was the most prominent piece of furniture in the room. more
This season reminds us of all that is possible, of the importance of concern and compassion for others. But even a message so sound, so succinct and so universal can benefit from real life examples. more
My sister’s eyes shone as she unpacked the last item from the box of outgrown baby things she had brought to share. “Oh, DeAnn, this was yours!” She held up a small pastel-green snowsuit. It was made from tightly woven nylon. Stretchy ribbed cuffs kept out the snow and cold on the sleeves and legs. Elastic encircled the waist. Sewn inside was a white crepe, quilted lining. A sturdy zipper ran from the collar all the way down to the bottom cuff of the left leg. The small garment was still in good shape, even after being handed down to five more children. more
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