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Touring the Evening Skies

January 29, 2013 For those of you who have enjoyed my monthly strolls through the night sky and have missed our walks together, I am happy to say that I am back, refreshed and ready to go again. more »»

The Good Old Days!

January 27, 2013 Ever notice that a lot of people talk about the "good old days?" Hmmm, cars without air-conditioning; homes without central air; no Internet, (thank you Al Gore); those metal ice cube trays; no flu... more »»

Where have all the flowers gone?

January 23, 2013 Sometimes in the dead of winter, when the frigid temperatures arrive, certain thoughts appear. Certain words here are reused, but apply now, just the sam. more »»

Expanding Iowa’s middle class is top 2013 priority 

January 21, 2013  The 2013 session of the Iowa Legislature began on Monday, January 14.  State Senator Steve Sodders (State Center) said his top priority is expanding Iowa’s middle class. more »»

Out with the old, in with the new

January 20, 2013 As we begin 2013, aren't you just a little tired of certain words/phrases used in the past year? "Fiscal Cliff." I called it like it was last week--Fiscal Mess! But I am so tired of hearing it. more »»

Get a bigger hammer

January 16, 2013 "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." Albert Einstein Those words explain a lot about the human condition, creativity, and in fact, resourcefulness. more »»

The fiscal mess

January 13, 2013 I’m not sure who started this whole Washington, D.C. Debacle with the words, “Fiscal Cliff,” but to my warped way of thinking, it should of been called “The Fiscal Mess. more »»


January 9, 2013 My first year back to Iowa was in 2005. For five straight years we were tested with some of the most severe winters on record for Iowa. more »»

Out With The Old; In With The New

January 6, 2013 Every year has its ups and downs and 2012 was no different. Probably for each one of you, there were times of celebration and times of sadness and disappointment. more »»

Take a stand!

January 2, 2013 Human memories are similar to computer memory; they have to be refreshed often to remain viabl. more »»

Proverbs, Old Sayings, Truisms...

December 30, 2012  Ok, let me set the scene here for you at the Sheda compute. more »»

Idealism or innocence?

December 26, 2012 We’ve had a couple talks in the past dealing with idealism. Youthful innocence is in essence idealism. more »»

John's Christmas Wish List

December 23, 2012 To be quite honest,this week's column has been a difficult one to write. I planned on writing a nice, sweet, cute and poignant Christmas-type story that would make everyone feel good. more »»

Platitudes revisited

December 19, 2012 It’s entirely possible your weekly columnist overanalyzes the vernacular. Certain abstractions delight more than they shoul. more »»

Christmas is for singing

December 16, 2012 It was early Christmas Eve in 1818 when the priests of St. Nicholas Church in Obernadorf, Austria, learned that the broken pipe organ would not be repaired in time to the Christmas Eve Midnight Mas. more »»

Alien removal

December 12, 2012 Just lately my sleep stretches have gone beyond four hours at a time. Stabbing pain usually brings me back to the immediate reality and lets me know it’s time once again to swallow a pain pill. more »»

Earning your desk

December 9, 2012 I came across this story a while back, and even though it’s not the first day of school or Veteran’s Day, I think whenever we get the opportunity to thank a teacher or a Veteran, we should. more »»

In to the Wind

December 5, 2012 I have 23 staples in my stomach, and too much distraction to write a column. Yours truly is taking another week off to mend and hea. more »»

Time for action

December 2, 2012 Technically, the official Christmas season “shouldn’t” begin until December first. more »»

You might be from Tama County if …

November 28, 2012 The day you read this, the day it appears in The Toledo Chronicle, yours truly will no doubt be moaning and feeling quite sorry for himself. more »»



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