I awoke at 5:30 am, started a fire in our darkened kitchen fireplace and am sitting in the quiet of the morning, counting my blessings.

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

We might think we have it rough with restaurants closed, “shelter in place” (fancy words for “hunker down”) and supermarkets devoid of toilet paper.

To the community of Mahaska County. My name is Matt Larson, CEO of the Mahaska County YMCA. I represent our community Y, which has been serving Oskaloosa and the Mahaska County area since 1896.

The transparency of today, as good or as bad as it is, is not the transparency of tomorrow.

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

The uneven stone steps going down were damp.

The Harvard historian Jill Lepore recounted recently in The New Yorker magazine that when democracies sink into crisis, the question “where are we going?” leaps to everyone’s mind, as if we were waiting for a weather forecast to tell us how healthy our democracy was going to be tomorrow. Quo…

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

Few things in life come with clear, concise and reliable instructions.

On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land: our long, uncomfortable, overnight flight; and then the testy, eight-hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany (we couldn’t leave the airport), before another four-hour flight to Amman, Jordan—24 hours in all—wasn’t really that bad.

The process of settling takes a long time — there are always ups and downs along the way, but generally we are making progress in establishing ourselves here in Senegal.

Will I get sick if I go out in the cold without a jacket? – Ben P., age 4, South Orange, New Jersey

I teach creative writing every winter. This story was written by one of the students, 83-year-old Linda Nash, from Ft. Madison. Linda won our Artist Palette award, as voted on by the students, for creative writing.

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

This January marks the third anniversary of my launch of Iowa’s Achieving a Better Life Experience plan (IAble), Iowa’s very own ABLE program.

The William Penn University RN-BSN (Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing) Program is a hidden gem within the university.

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

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

William Penn University announced the Iowa Board of Nursing granted Interim Approval to begin a four-year pre-licensure Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) Program.

Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family.

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

As regular readers of my column know, I’m being challenged in my life by a life-threatening health problem.

When discussing political candidates, media often use (and sometimes confuse) the terms “human condition” and “human nature.” No one bothers to define them.

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

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