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“Who’s afraid of Mr. Horn?”

Growing up on a farm, my school bus driver, Mr. Horn, scared me! He looked mean and had, very strict rules. He made us sit in our seats, not move about and watched us like a hawk. He made us be quiet and not mess with other riders.I recall one incident just before Christmas. I was about six ...

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!!

This Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day. A day or night or both to guzzle down some "green beer." The city of Chicago will once again douse the Chicago River with about a hundred pounds of green dye and the river will be green. All the fish in the river will get "green around the gills," (nyuk ...

Nostalgia…..Again!!

This past week Deb and I returned to Tama-Toledo for the funeral of my cousin. The last time we ventured back here was last summer for my (gulp) 50th class reunion. This time around it was because of a sad occasion yet bittersweet too. It seems the older we get, the more we get together for ...

“Don’t Does!”

Growing up in the 50's & 60's with a family of five kids, life was a series of "Don't do's"My folks had unreasonable family rules, like don't wear blue jeans to school, don't watch cartoons on Saturday mornings, don't read comic books, don't cuss, eat your peas and don't talk with your ...

The Fork In The Road

Yogi Berra is famous for his "Yogisms," his ways of stating or misstating things throughout his life. I guess he once said that when in life you come to a "fork in the road, you should take it." Interesting thought perhaps but as we all know quite impossible. One has to go one way or the ...

John’s “Twilight Zone” Life!

Let me ask you a very personal yet important question about your life. You don't have to answer if you don't want but that probably says more about you than if you just shun your fears and answer the darn question. Do inanimate objects ever talk to you? Yes, inanimate things such as, well, ...

Tama County Jail Bookings & Arrests

Note: Arrest or citation for a crime is not a determination of guilt. Guilt or innocence is always established in a court of law.Jan. 212:27 p.m.- Alexis Lillian Collinson, 19, Tama, arrested in the 1300 block of Sesame Drive on a charge of 3rd degree burglary by Tama Police. Placed on ...

The art of being a sesquipedalian

I've never been convicted of being the brightest light bulb in the Sheda family, but I think of myself as having a certain acumen when it comes to winter banality and jejune times. After all, the Super Bowl is over, the baseball season is a couple of months away, little chilly yet to get in ...

Take A Mulligan, (Litertally)

As you are well aware, this column is called "Take A Mulligan." For the few that never heard this phrase, it comes to us from the world of golf. Some golfers, when they hit a bad shot, say, "I'm taking a mulligan," meaning "I'm gonna to hit again."The essence being that in life sometimes when ...

My “Kind-Of, Sort-Of, Bucket List”

Ever since that movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman a few years back, a lot of people began formulating their own "bucket list." Have you? Nah, me either. But low and behold, I do have what might be known as a "Kind-Of, Sort-Of Bucket List."Doesn't make sense I know but seldom do ...