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It is a strange feeling when your kid calls you for the first time. No Hartley didn’t get a cell phone, but he did get a “calling watch”, as he calls it. Verizon has a kid friendly … more
Growing up in Bloomfield in the 1950s and 1960s, I remember seeing empty coffee cans next to the cash registers in places like Ollie O’Briant’s drug store, Bill Tews’ coffee shop … more
With the fall quickly approaching, we decided to take our first trip of the year to Center Creek Orchard up by Fairmont. We did this as part of Taylor’s birthday. She celebrated another year … more
These days, I stand in front of audiences and engage in what is politely called “public speaking” more often than even Mr. Gentry ever imagined when I showed up at his office door 55 … more
A few years ago I made a trip to Peru with some friends and visited Machu Picchu, the famed Incan ruins near Cuzco.  Because of the high number of tourists who visit the site, tour groups are … more
Lets just say that I have never been a fan of any kind of roller coaster. Not even as a young child. I remember getting talked into going on the Power Tower at Valley Fair when I was on a school trip … more
President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loans for many borrowers is fair game for vigorous debate — and disagreement. Americans have been debating and … more
What a busy week for our family. Last week was Hartley’s first week of Kindergarten. He started on Tuesday and by the end of the week, he made it sound like he didn’t learn anything. Or … more
Not all of the best medicine comes with a prescription from a physician. Don’t read this to mean I am advocating treating coronavirus with ivermectin, a drug more often used on horses. … more
A reminder that tickets will be on sale later this week for the broasted chicken supper being hosted by the Armstrong Heritage Museum. The supper will take place on Sunday, September 25th. Posters … more
People in the health care field have worked their tails off since the Covid pandemic hit Iowa with a vengeance in 2020. Doctors, nurses and all manner of technicians and support staff have … more
I know the farmers in the area are happy about the rainstorm that brought nearly 5 inches to some parts of our county. I am glad we got that much needed rain as well. However, when it began raining … more
It is difficult for many of us to muster empathy for people accused of crimes who have complaints about the way police treated them. This lack of empathy probably occurs because ordinary folks do … more
A quick update on Calvin for those of you who read last weeks column - he is walking like nothing happened. For about one week, he wouldn’t walk on his left leg and would cry in pain if he … more
I was cooking supper last night when I turned and saw my 5 year old pushing my 1 year old around the house in his little plastic radio flyer wagon. The smiles and giggles coming from both boys were … more
  911 calls for impending childbirth are an EMS response with a highly positive outcome. You get the idea--most other calls for heart attacks, auto wrecks, shortness of breath, shootings, or … more
Today many people use GPS (Global Positioning System) for getting directions when traveling. Spiritually speaking, the Bible does that. We read in Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my … more
Two young Armstrong boys were practicing hitting balls at the little league diamond a couple of days ago. I only recognized one boy as Greyson Colegrove. Taylor, Hartley, Calvin and myself went to … more
My opinion on this matter comes about a week or so too late but I still felt it necessary to write about. During the Fourth of July celebration every year, the Betterment Club hosts a street dance. … more
This column marks my 250th time I have written this column. I appreciate everyone who has supported me these past five years. I started this column on October 4, 2017 and never truly thought I would … more
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