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The biggest fool in Tama County!

Why do foolish things come so naturally? When I got my driver’s license, every car I got to drive, I wanted to see how fast it would go. And I-35 had flashing speed signs, meant to slow you down to the posted speed limit. Foolishly, I wanted to see how high I could get those signs to ...

The proof’s in the pudding!

Remember this old adage? It clearly states my thoughts and opinions today. The Proof’s in the pudding my friend!!! In 1962 on a 6-1 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that reciting government-written prayers in public schools was unconstitutional, violating the Establishment ...

LEFT! RIGHT?

Born left-handed, I was forced into a right-handed world who thinks their right, and left is wrong. In school, desk chairs always had arm rests for right-handers. We left-handers were forced to write “to the right,” which always smeared our school papers. In sports as a kid, we were forced ...

Memorial Day-A walk down memory lane

As you know, last Monday was Memorial Day, the day we take a moment or two and honor those brave men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we cherish today. But it’s also a time for people to reflect on all our loved ones that have passed on. Deb and I don’t get down to Chelsea ...

“Schooling-in-place”

Schooling at home for our children is probably one of the most stressful events for most parents during this virus outbreak. Thoughts plague the mind, such as “How do I make sure my kids are getting the education they need?” “I’m not qualified to teach them!” Etc. Relax! You can do ...

Annual Pet Peeves Column

About once a year I have to clear my over-used brain of all the little stuff that really bugs me throughout the year. It's my form of therapy, I guess. Simply put I call it my "Annual Pet Peeve's Column." Those little and perhaps not-so-little annoyances in life that bug the "bejeebers" out of ...

“T.M.I.—Hogwash!”

Growing up on a farm in northern Iowa in the 50's, we lost a hog which slipped on ice and had a split pelvis. Having to put it down, the butcher came to our farm and slaughtered the hog. Nothing was as fascinating to a little kid than watching the dressing out of that hog! But nothing was ...

Pullin’ the wool over mom’s eyes!!

Before I begin this absolutely true story about my Mother, here are a couple other things about her. Mom was the "left-over Queen of Chelsea." In fact her leftovers were so widely known, used and eaten on a daily basis, we never did know what her original meal was!!! However being the great ...

“Noah, the corona virus and a new normal”

What's fascinating about the description of the Flood of Noah's time in the Bible is that many ancient cultures described the same experience in amazing detail!Noah was spared his life, along with his immediate family; but they had to be "self-quarantined" for about 365 days on the Ark. ...

Family activity time!

Your yard has been raked and re-raked several times; you're now watching re-runs of re-runs and your new hobby is boredom, so what's a guy or gal to do? Well, my friends, the staff at "Take A Mulligan" is challenging you and your family to a contest or quiz or something to that effect. This ...