From an early age Scott Pieper (pronounced “Pipe-er” not “Peep-er”) wanted to be a mortician. He wasn’t sure why.

Last week I penned a column saying that I wanted to be known for what I am for.

On October 10, a contingent of 20 students and three faculty from William Penn University visited the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa.

Each week, Publisher Deb Van Engelenhoven selects mugs (“let’s talk about that over coffee,” and hugs (that’s wonderful; well done!).

Love In the Name of Christ (INC) of Mahaska County is a partnership of churches working together to transform lives. It is governed by an active local board.

We’ve all been told to “be part of the solution” and “if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” Both statements are good and true. Most people holding elected office and almost all of those running for president, apparently didn’t get that memo.

A small boys asks his grandfather, “Grandpa, what color are my daddy’s eyes?”

If you live in non-metro or rural America, you’ve been left behind by the economic boom cycle that came after the Great Recession. You also endured a more severe recession than people who live in bigger cities.

The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at William Penn University focuses on the individuals as well as the structures of groups they comprise, emphasizing the role historical, psychological, social, historical and/or theological forces have on human behavior.

Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

The cycle of poverty is persistent and is often passed from one generation to the next. Iowa Legal Aid helps break this cycle by providing free legal assistance to low-income families that ensures steady income, housing, and safety from domestic violence.

I don’t think it’s possible for my grandsons to understand how deeply I love them. It wasn’t until they were born that I began realizing how much my grandparents loved me.

Recently my husband and I adopted a dog from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter. The dog is a mixed breed that includes lab and pit bull.

Explorers started making navigation charts showing how wide the ocean was more than 500 years ago. But it’s much harder to calculate how deep it is.

Cycle backwards on the news wheel to this month in 1996, and two events occurred in media, one of which matters to you and the other only matters to me: Roger Ailes, former political consultant to the Bush clan, was named president of Rupert Murdoch’s nascent Fox News cable channel, and I wa…

Each week, Publisher Deb Van Engelenhoven selects mugs (“let’s talk about that over coffee,” and hugs (“that’s wonderful; well done!”)

There are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction.

Imagine the Possibilities in Oskaloosa has proudly offered enrichment to the quality of life for people with disabilities in Mahaska County for more than 38 years.

New technologies sometimes explode and when they become useful in the real world, spur new learning and teaching opportunities. Dr. Jim Hoeksema, professor in the Applied Technology Division at William Penn University attended a four-day conference this past summer at Utah State University t…

No one can see in total darkness. Fortunately, there’s almost always some light available. Even if it’s only dim starlight, that’s enough for your eyes to detect. What’s truly amazing is how little light is required for you to see.

It’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere – otherwise known as leaf-peeping season. Now is when people head outside to soak up the annual display of orange, red and yellow foliage painted across the landscape.

Each week, Publisher Deb Van Engelenhoven selects mugs (“let’s talk about that over coffee,”) and hugs (“that’s wonderful; well-done!”)

“American Pastoral,” (Pulitzer Prize winner) “I Married a Communist,” and “The Human Stain,” all by Phillip Roth, make up a fairly good trilogy on the human condition, man’s ungodliness, and search for the meaning of life.

Business and Professional Women USA was the first organization to focus on issues of working women, the first to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment in 1937, the first and only non-governmental agency to offer assistance to transitioning women veterans, the first foundation to offer scholarsh…

Oh, to be in Iowa in the fall.

Each week Publisher Deb Van Engelenhoven selects mugs (“let’s talk about that over coffee,”) and hugs (“that’s wonderful; well done!”)

“Happiness is a by-product of living the right kind of a life.” This is a quote from my daily meditation book, “Twenty-Four Hours a Day” by Hazelden.

With Bernie Sanders’ heart attack, perhaps precipitated by the stress of campaigning with unabated revolutionary fervor, coupled with head-snapping contradictory pronouncements from spinmeister Rudy Giuliani, some found themselves wondering if millennial ageism is warranted.

This past week I lost my aunt. She had Alzheimer’s so it seems as if I lost her quite some time ago. The time was filled with mixed emotions, sadness for our loss but happiness in seeing each other again.

Not all pork cuts are created equal, but they can all be part of a heart-healthy diet. Here’s what you need to know.

So, you’re interested in designing things that have a purpose, that make people’s lives easier, that accomplish tasks that have never been done before (think: land a man on the moon 50 years ago).

Each week, Publisher Deb Van Engelenhoven selects mugs (“let’s talk about that over coffee”) and hugs (“that’s wonderful; well done!”).

Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old eno…

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