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A change of life
Posted Thursday, April 17, at 11:04 AM
Just when I thought that I knew it all and that my opinions were Gospel; recent life changing events have proven me wrong. I am not one to tell my children how to raise their own, but I may toss in a thought or two to get my opinion heard. When it comes to the quality of my grandchildren's education, I may have mentioned a few times to my daughter that I had doubts about her daughters receiving the best education offered within the Storm Lake School System. ...

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Spring.... or is it?
Posted Wednesday, April 9, at 11:38 AM

April has finally arrived, but it seems that Old Man Winter is not ready to lessen his grip as of yet. Besides the fact that we are all ready to toss on a pair of flip flops, here are a few signs that it is high time for some heat: My Winter coat has lost all of it's buttons and the down feathers inside are even trying to escape and fly South!...

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Where did all the friendly people go?
Posted Monday, June 3, at 12:52 PM

One day in a casual conversation with a good friend, she described to me how she almost took the ditch trying to wave back to someone that had been gracious enough to wave to her on her way to work. I giggled, but in the midst of that same giggle I wondered how many others would put their lives on the line to return the friendly gesture...

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On a roll...
Posted Monday, May 6, at 2:49 PM

I am thinking that either I am getting to the age where I am possibly going through my second childhood or perhaps it is that I am just a glutton for punishment. For a few years now I had contemplated buying a bicycle, thinking that it may be great exercise. ...

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The innocence
Posted Monday, April 29, at 3:28 PM

The innocence of a child is such a precious thing a nd with that comes the belief that they are able to see what we as adults are not. I believe that the heart of a child is so pure that they are truly touched by the presence of all that is good and unknown...

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The innocence
Posted Monday, April 22, at 3:57 PM

The innocence of a child is such a precious thing and with that comes the belief that they are able to see what we as adults are not. I believe that the heart of a child is so pure that they are truly touched by the presence of all that is good and unknown...

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Double blessing
Posted Monday, April 8, at 2:07 PM

No parent is prepared to see their children in pain, no matter what their age. My greatest accomplishments in life are my children, the grandchildren are just added bonuses! Recently we had found out that our 10 grandchildren was soon to be 11, and we couldn't have been more excited! Well until the morning when Amee had called to ask if I could take her girls to school because she was having apparent issues with her pregnancy. ...

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Googling spring
Posted Tuesday, March 19, at 8:26 AM

The first day of Spring will soon be here, I only wish that I could visually see the signs! As I stare out the window the only thing that is evident is that there are mountains to be seen, but not of the fresh green grass kind, more like the cold white stuff. Nothing there says Spring. When this last storm hit, we were pretty much surprised. I was waiting for the initial three inches, then some quick melting so that I can get outside and get ready for that first day of Spring...

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The joy of aging
Posted Monday, March 4, at 1:38 PM

Why is it that as we age we lose things? Should we not be gaining more than just weight as we proceed in our years of being on this earth? This age thing has me baffled. My thoughts are that we are supposed to be enjoying ourselves as we age, but that's tough as we systematically lose things that are crucial to our well being. Just when we've earned things through our long years of effort, we're no longer in condition to enjoy them...

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An anniversary I will never forget
Posted Thursday, February 14, at 10:55 AM

Following a rather extensive discussion regarding the events that had occurred in 2012, we had decided to make memories to do a few fun things that we can remember fondly. We had chosen to take a vacation to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary to a warm climate that doesn't require wearing 5 layers of clothing to keep warm. ...

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Vacation adventure, part two
Posted Monday, February 11, at 3:18 PM

Life is what you make of it, and I have come to realize that there are things that are definitely out of my control and that there is no need to throw a hissy fit... sit back and enjoy the ride, or lack of in our case. As our recent vacation ended, we had taken off from the warmth of the Florida sunshine and landed in St. Louis, layover number one. It was an alright location, but so ready to get going and get home...

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Get the shot!
Posted Monday, January 14, at 2:49 PM

Oh my, I have three words for you..."Get the Shot"! I realize that there have been many reports of those that did get the flu shot that have gotten the flu and it was simply put a horrible experience, but if you fail to get the shot like I did, it could be more of a horrible experience...

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A year in tears... and a few smiles
Posted Monday, December 31, at 2:25 PM

Hip, hip hooray... 2012 will soon be a memory! I can't remember a year that I was so in a hurry to put behind me. I feel so negative when I think about how much I resent the 2012 calendar year. I feel so guilty for allowing the negative to overshadow the good events that happened to us! We surely have been blessed and we do thank God for all that we have but I sure would enjoy a more relaxing and calm year...

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A dear friend lost
Posted Monday, December 10, at 3:30 PM

At this point in my life, I have spent many hours wondering what my legacy would be. I am at the age where death seems to be more of a prevalent topic than when we were in our 20's or 30's. Searching through the local obituaries seems to be more important than reading the ever important news. I find myself listening to the radio more intensely as the obits are being read than the sports scores...

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Jealous... of what?
Posted Monday, November 19, at 3:36 PM

Too many times throughout the day I find myself wondering why I can't have what others have. Jealousy is such an ugly attribute, yet I fantasize about walking in someone else's shoes. Look at Kate Middleton for example. She is drop dead gorgeous! She has the perfect hair, a beautiful face, the body of a model and she has the heart of a saint; not to mention the fact that she is a Princess. ...

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The autographs that matter
Posted Monday, October 22, at 12:23 PM

It makes me sad to think that we have missed out on some quality family time courtesy the busy summer weekends where there seems to be other things more important and there isn't enough time within the two day weekends to fit everything in. We tried desperately to remember the last time we hosted a meal where there wasn't a holiday involved, and just couldn't find one...

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The Change
Posted Monday, October 1, at 3:17 PM

So the time has finally arrived and I am amazed at how well I am taking all of this life altering Menopausal stuff that goes on in a woman's body when they hit a certain age. Perhaps I may be speaking too soon regarding the onset of what some ladies describe as horrible signs that we are entering our golden years. At this point other then really feeling a bit more aged then I had been prior to these changes; not bad - I can do this...

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'THE' game
Posted Tuesday, September 18, at 8:04 AM

The CyHawk Game is an annual tradition anticipated by virtually the entire state of Iowa. Avid fans make sure to don their colors, days prior to the big showdown between the two universities. Fans gather around any television that can be found in their vicinity the day of the game, so that they can hoop and holler to either cheer their team on or curse the other. ...

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Take 'spin' out of campaigns
Posted Monday, September 10, at 11:53 AM

To be honest I am less then excited for this whole political circus that has been shoved in to our faces; be it through television, radio, phone calls and yes even newsprint! Not that I am blaming the media sources, the politicians must have quite the financial backing to be able to spend what they have and what they are about to spend...

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'Boy,' I have some researching to do
Posted Monday, August 20, at 2:28 PM

Following several years of doting on 4 daughters, then 8 granddaughters, I am having a bit of a tough time figuring out just what it is that Grandma needs to prepare for as far as these last two grandchildren being boys. Soon Kash will be one, and with Brayden just a little over a month old, I still haven't quite gotten used to this change in my life...

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