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Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the shortcake she and her sister were eager to enjoy.

I’ve heard it said that pessimism is destructive, and optimism is boundless. What is the best way? I guess it all depends on what you want from life.

The Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw coined, "Youth is wasted on the young." He later went on to say, "they're brainless and don't know what they have; they squander every opportunity of being young, on being young."

How often have you set out to accomplish a goal and lost motivation? If you're like me, it's happened a lot. We work very hard for some time only to feel tired, uninspired, and burned out, later on, finding it hard to continue.

A global Gallup poll in 2019 revealed that only 15% of people are engaged in the workplace. The poll implies that 85% of people worldwide don't like what they do for a living.

The Associated Press’ “Today in History” is my favorite daily newspaper column. The cogent lessons allow me to recall – with surprise – many historical events but usually I learn new facts.

How often have you wanted to give someone a piece of your mind? If you're like me, very often. The opportunity to tell someone off can present itself several times a day. Someone cuts you off in traffic, a family member did something wrong, or a co-worker gave you an attitude. Maybe your bos…

It's easy to hide from the issues of life. Most of us have done it. I know I was hiding from things in my life that I should have faced years ago. Unfortunately, some people spend their whole life hiding from something that they eventually will have to face one way or the other.

People believe all kinds of things. Often, what we believe is a product of our surroundings, current events, the influence of friends and family, experience, and our religion, or lack thereof. Beliefs can be emotional; this is why many people become emotionally charged when their beliefs are…

It's not an easy lesson to learn, but I've realized that there's a right time for everything. As long as you keep believing, the time for realizing your dreams will come to pass. We don't always know why things happen the way they do, and it's sometimes hard to see the big picture.

Are we merely floating through space on a rock in which powerful forces dominate us and leave us powerless to pursue our destiny? Do our thoughts matter? Do our actions matter? Do our words matter? Do our intentions matter? Are we just a number? Do we have any responsibility for the events t…

With the Pandemic, we've been doing a lot of Zoom church attendance. Ginnie still showers and gets dressed up like we're actually going to church. She says it doesn't feel right viewing church in our jammies.

A few months back, I went to the hardware store to pick up a few drill bits to drill a hole in my sink to install a new water filtration system. I came back home and got to work. It was going to be a hectic day with a lot to do. When I finished, I wanted to head to the gym for a quick workou…

During the flood of 1947, 17-year old Jack Dorothy was swimming in the flooded waters of the Des Moines River in downtown Keosauqua. Yup. The water was high up on the side of the Hotel Manning. Windows were open and Jack swam in one window of the Hotel Manning and out the other, like a carp …

I talked to a close friend the other day, and when I asked him how he was doing, he declared, "I'm terrible." He went on to say how awful his life was. It didn't matter what he talked about; he had a negative take on it. I asked him if he was pursuing his dreams, and his response was, "I don…

People usually allow circumstances to determine how they feel. Everyone has at many points allowed the events of the day to decide whether or not they have a good day. Sometimes the morning goes like this: We wake up late for work, as we scramble around trying to leave the house, and we say …

All of us go through chapters of our lives that seem permanent. The feeling of permanence can come from the length of the phase; my father, Gary W. Moore, a successful author, who published three books and left many stories yet unpublished, started this column in 2017. He developed stomach c…

In honor of the Winter Olympics, I fashioned the Olympic Rings out of old wagon wheel rims, painted them the appropriate colors, and sat the sculpture out on the highway with my other sculptures.

In the mid-1400s in France, Joan of Arc, a teenage woman who was continually engaged in prayer, began hearing what she said were the voices of angels, which she called her "counsels." She claimed that the Archangel Michael told her that God had given her a critical mission that would involve…

Gov. Kim Reynolds in her Condition of the State address outlined a bold, conservative, and pro-growth policy agenda that places Iowa taxpayers and families first. Opportunity was a major theme of the governor’s address, and she also acknowledged the “Iowa nice” mentality that drives our stat…

Typically, in the days leading up to the start of a new session of the Iowa Legislature, the attention is on lawmakers’ goals and priorities — and on the pledges they make to work together for the good of the people of Iowa.

Sharon Bortz of Mt. Pleasant, formerly Sharon Smith of Ottumwa, watched the Miss America pageant this year with intrigue and particular interest. Emma Broyles was the first Alaskan and first Korean-American to hold the title in the competition's 100-year history.

This is too uncanny to not share. Ginnie and I made a special trip to a seasonal market that has great chocolate, for the express purpose of buying some chocolate peanut clusters. When we got there the market was completely out of all chocolate except for chocolate-covered orange slices. Grr…

Another New Year is upon us. It's amazing how the years keep slipping by, each year seemingly moving faster than the year before. As I take stock of 2021, I encourage you to do the same.

I hope you finished your Christmas shopping on time! If you're like me, you'll be running around last minute wrapping gifts on the 23rd in a panic, realizing you have to find an open store early on Christmas Eve to buy some last-minute items.

The rumors are true: I have proposed that people in public positions of trust and power who steal large amounts of taxpayer funds receive at least some prison time, every time. One of the worst things about our system right now is the incredible willingness and ability of insiders to avoid s…

When you have orbited the sun as many times as I have, people sometimes want to tap into the insights you have gathered through the years. Young journalists and newsroom managers ask about the lessons I accumulated from a half century in the newspaper business.

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