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'Tis the season for being nice, especially for the little ones who want Santa to bring them gifts. And as Iowans, we have an overall reputation for being “nice,” but I’ve seen my share of naughty, especially this holiday season.

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A birthday celebration occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday, and since everyone was getting tired of turkey, pizza was on the menu. Now I used to love pizza just as much as the next person, but because I’m now lactose intolerant, I can’t eat it because of the dairy. Knowing my dilemma, my …

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If Indiana Governor Pete Buttigieg and President Donald Trump were to go head-to-head in the upcoming 2020 presidential election campaign I believe it would be an historical replay of the biblical clash between David and Goliath. And y’all know who won that one.

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Lately, the season that brings me so much joy has opened my eyes a little bit more than past Christmases and other Thanksgivings. My eyes are seeing pain and sadness in good friends and co-workers and I have developed a keener eye for the signs and the faces that seem to just try to make it …

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Of all my Thanksgivings, the one I cherish is the year we moved to California. It was the early ’60s and I was 19. My parents and I had been in California just a few months, having left Minneapolis that summer.

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The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa seems to be in turmoil these days following the resignation of its longtime director T. J. Juskiewicz and his staff. The disagreement is apparently between Gannett, the Register’s parent company, and Juskiewicz who had not been …

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I was in the grocery store last week and passed the glass case housing a pile of frozen turkeys. Now I probably could have waited on buying one, but I always get a turkey that’s in the 20- to 22-pound range, and a 21 1/2-pounder was right there in the front. I hesitated for a moment, but the…

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Building a house, or any inhabitable structure, unless it is a dog house, falls under one or more regulations within the uniform building code. Sound structure and safety are among the primary drivers for instituting the code. Federal, state and local codes may seem like a burden at first bu…

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I watched my grandkids for just for one night last week, and it happened to be when that show “The Little Mermaid Live” was on TV. The kids arrived at about 5:30 p.m. and we ate dinner, got in our PJs, watched the show, and went to bed. The next morning it was breakfast, baths and off to daycare.

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I don’t ever remember Mom or Dad writing a check, but, they must have. Dad owned a business and Mom did his bookkeeping and payroll accounts. I’m talking about the home finances. Mom paid the butcher, bakery and grocery stores with cash, we even put cash in the milk box on the porch with a n…