I awoke this morning in a different place. Everything is new. I rose around 3 a.m. and walked straight into a wall. I thought for a moment that I broke my nose. I did not. Everything is unfamiliar, yet this is our new home.

Today, I’m in my home working on the final column that I’ll pen from this location. Next week, I’ll write my first column from our new home.

On Aug. 27, the night before Ginnie’s birthday, the moon and Mars lined up side-by-side, announcing Ginnie’s grand and glorious birthday. Ginnie and I viewed it together, her eyes starry, wondering what I had in store for her big day.

I heard once that the first half of our life is spent accumulating things, while the second half is getting rid of those very same things. In our case, time has been more heavily weighted to accumulation, while getting rid of them has been a more sudden and quicker event.

“Nurtured and pampered by parents who didn't want to make the mistakes of the previous generation, millennials are confident, ambitious and achievement-oriented. They also have high expectations ... tend to seek new challenges ... and aren't afraid to question authority.” The Balance Careers.

Six years ago, I was standing at the base of a dam near Pella, Iowa, for an historic moment. On that hot day in August of 2014, Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Missouri River Energy Services broke ground on one of our most ambitious projects to date: retrofitting the dam at Lake Red Rock to produce …

The coronavirus has changed the way we work, in many cases forever. The pandemic has also brought into sharp focus the powerless state of workers here in Iowa and the employer-driven policies that intentionally keep it that way.

Life is an incredible journey, full of twists and unexpected turns. We are herd animals and were not created to make this journey alone.

Families gotta start back getting together for Sunday dinner and family reunions...not just funerals.

Ernie Schiller is a well known figure in Lee Country and southeast Iowa, as well as northwest Missouri, eastern Illinois, the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, Washington, D.C., Nepal, the list goes on.

We all have hobbies and passions in life. Some like to do woodworking while others may love to garden. Some activities are common and others unique and unusual. There are more hobbies and passions than I can think of and list on this page, but almost everyone has something. I love to cook fo…

Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is “suspending” its sudden cost-cutting moves — tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office hours and eliminating carrier overtime — that have slowed mail delivery and threatened the on-time …

“It doesn’t need to be your personal best. It doesn’t need to look pretty. It doesn’t need to improve from the last run. It just needs to happen.” Sign beside trail, author unknown.

Thank you. Your letters and emails expressing your prayers, good wishes and concern for my recovery are overwhelming. I always do everything I can to answer each correspondence, so if you haven’t yet received a reply, you will. Thank you for your care and concern. It strengthens and encourages me.

Not that you asked, but the list of things I dislike goes well beyond liver and onions, “Rocky Mountain oysters,” drivers who tailgate, and people who chew with their mouths open.

Except when I was 13 and got a Winchester single shot, .22-caliber rifle, this may have been my best birthday ever.

As you read this, I’m checked in at the Holden Cancer Center at the University of Iowa. I came here with a positive plan to improve my health. I was full of optimism and my spirits were high. The plan was to have my stomach removed, but things do not always go according to plan. When they we…

It’s election season and the mass “unfriending” has begun. Friend against friend and family member against family member arguments are in full bloom and potentially creating relationship damage that may extend far past election season. I grew up believing in the old adage, “Blood is thicker …

Arlene and I built our dream home twenty-six years ago. We put every bit of emotion and money into our dream. We even gave it a name, FoxMoore Farm. We finished raising our kids and enjoyed twenty-five Thanksgiving’s and Christmas’s in this home that is way too big and sits on forty acres. O…

Even before coronavirus hit American colleges and universities, even before their budgets imploded because of the pandemic, questions were being asked nationally about how these institutions spend their money.

Ironically, I may have brought this on myself. Being an artist, I see beauty in a lot of odd places. I couldn't help but admire the beauty of the novel coronavirus. Dangerous objects are often beautiful. For example, the King Cobra is deadly but stunningly attractive.

The death of Congressman John Lewis last Friday night accomplished what police officers with their billy clubs and white mobs with their fists and pipes never were able to achieve: Silencing his voice.

My only goal was to keep up with Ray in the row beside me and not fall behind. The corn leaves sliced across my face, arms and legs. Foolishly, I had on a short-sleeved shirt and shorts. Ray, on the other hand, had every inch of skin covered, save for his face, and even there he had a net to…

We are living through unprecedented and uncharted times. A pandemic has seized our world, while social unrest and violence has swept into our major cities. Add to it all that it’s an election year and everything that is happening has become politicized. It appears that the nation has never b…

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she trusts Iowans to make the right decisions to avoid spreading COVID-19. But she apparently does not trust the local elected officials chosen by these very same Iowans to lead their communities. That attitude is endangering the health and lives of Iowans.

With commodity and livestock prices being what they are, many farmers are looking at alternative crops as a possible solution for soft markets. Hemp, aronia berries and different cover crops are being experimented with. One farm family, Randy Schnebbe and his wife AJ (Amy Jo), south of Victo…

Most of what we fear in life never becomes true. As children we were afraid of the shadows in our bedroom and that the Boogeyman would come and take us away. As adults, most of our fears switch to lack of security. Fear that our home would be broken into, our family will be harmed, or fear o…

Though interrupted by a global pandemic, the Iowa Legislature made significant progress in reforming the collection of delinquent court debt.

Sitting here drinking my coffee this morning I began thinking about what my retirement mornings will look like without the morning “getting ready for work” ritual.

The decision last week to cancel the Iowa State Fair was a reminder of the seriousness of coronavirus and the consequences of many people’s anxiety about returning to activities that normally are an important part of Iowa life.

Our nation is immersed in turmoil. Whether it’s racial issues, political fighting or a pandemic destroying our health and economy, we’ve never suffered through the multitude of issues at one time as we are now. The news is depressing and at times frightening. Racial unrest and pandemic domin…

Let’s not sugarcoat it. Your last semester in high school has gotten demolished by a global pandemic and it is wickedly unfair. Your graduation is now a drive-thru, your prom is imaginary, and instead of spending your last semester of senior year hanging out with your friends and taking a victory lap, you spent it in your bedroom doing classwork over Zoom and making Tik Tok videos.

“Optics” is a term that has come a long way from the days when it pretty much was the exclusive domain of eye doctors and companies that make telescopes, cameras, binoculars and microscopes.

The events unfolding as I pen this column are an insult to the human spirit. The unnecessary and terrible death of a fellow human being at the hand of someone we should trust is beyond the limits of the word tragic. I’ll resist dedicating the limited space available weekly by repeating what …

While this pandemic has challenged all Iowans, as our state begins to take the first steps toward safely reopening, I’m continuing to push for support for our families in every stage of life—from new parents to our seniors.

I have written on this subject before, but as this current election cycle is beginning to heat up, I hope to pre-empt the anger and vitriol with what I think is basic common sense.

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