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Straight Talk About Geezeritus

I'll be 40 next year. Did I say 40? I meant 60. Same difference. They both fall under the benign-sounding umbrella of "middle age," though it seems to me calling 60 "middle" might be a tad...

 

American Life In Poetry

Wallace Stevens, the great modernist poet, wrote about setting a jar down in a wild place, and how by doing so he organized that space around the jar. Here's Marilyn Dorf, a Nebraska poet, using a...

 

Crosswords and Sudokus

Our online Crosswords and Sudokus. Have fun!...

 

American Life In Poetry

I'd guess that at least every other person reading this column did at one time, as a child, carry home some animal that he or she wouldn't be able to keep. Here's Connie Wanek, who lives in New...

 

Dancing a Metaphor for Life

As I spun around the room at a recent wedding dance, I had a profound thought: Dancing is a perfect metaphor for life, and not just the part about going around and around and getting nowhere. I've...

 

4 Tips for Higher-Quality Sleep

(StatePoint) Sleep is essential to good health. Unfortunately, over a third of Americans are not getting enough sleep, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over time, sleep...

 

American Life In Poetry

All of us know people who wouldn't wear an article of clothing that had ever before been touched, let alone worn, by somebody else, and others who could care less. As I write this column I'm wearing...

 

Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell

20 years ago - 1999 Ask a neighbor to be an EMT - Ambulance Team seeks volunteers - The Primghar Ambulance Team was the only Northwest Iowa team to have so many join the ambulance crew as Emergency...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

20 years ago - 1999 Still time to get your name on the ballot for city council or mayor - Four out of five Paullina City Council seats, as well as the position of mayor, are up for election on...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

20 years ago -1999 Sunday morning fire damages The Den - Owner Cheryl Rickett and several others were readying for their Sunday business when a fire occurred in the kitchen of The Den Sunday morning....

 

Rules for Working from Home (and Maybe Anywhere)

When I sat down at my desk this morning, I noticed a pencil needed sharpening. I don't actually use pencils to write; I use a computer. Nevertheless it did need sharpening, and I've never been one to...

 

American Life In Poetry

If at times your world seems flat and uninteresting, I recommend making a cardboard viewfinder with a postage-stamp sized window. Then look at what's around you through that. I think you'll be...

 

Bring Your A-Game With this Tailgating Recipe for the Grill

(StatePoint) Want to bring your A-game to tailgating season? For a winning strategy, you’re going to need the right grill and great recipes. Choosing the Grill Ninety-five percent of all tailgaters prepare their food at the stadium, according to a...

 

HVAC Tips for Homeowners

(StatePoint) Having a home cooling system that is working optimally is crucial to keeping your family comfortable. To ensure your air conditioner (AC) continues to function properly, here are some tips for your heating, ventilation, air conditioning...

 

American Life in Poetry

We reprint poems by living Americans, about American life, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves of the many beautiful and moving poems written by American poets no longer with us. Robert Francis has been gone for thirty years but I turn to his p...

 

Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell

20 years ago - 1999 Newcombs enjoying Sweet Dreams, take over management of local bed and breakfast - As of July 1, Dr. Bell's Sweet Dreams Bed and Breakfast has a new management team. Rick and Ann... Full story

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

20 years ago - 1999 ANNUAL SOAP SCRIMMAGE AND LABOR AUCTION - The Annual South O'Brien Football Scrimmage and Labor Auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 27, at the South O'Brien Football... Full story

 

Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

20 years ago - 1999 Three slots open on City Council - The terms of three members of the Sutherland City Council will be open for election this year. The positions of Brad Thorn, Alan Mills and...

 

Saved by the Bell

I've got it: An easy way to avoid talking to people we don't want to talk to. Coincidentally, it's the same way we avoid talking to people we do want to talk to, and you know how we do that. We talk...

 

Siri, Cortana and Alexa Walk into a Bar

(Dear reader, what follows is a true story that I made up. In other words, it didn't happen, but it really could have.) Ann told a group of us having lunch that her husband is having an affair. "We...

 

Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell

1999 - 20 years ago Schueder earns Best of Show - Michelle Schueder, photographer and owner of Jons Gallery in Primghar, recently entered eight photographs in the professional competition held at the...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

1999 - 20 years ago Zion-St. John Lutheran School Begins August 25 - Zion and St. John Lutheran Church will make a Christian Education available to their member's and members of the community who woul...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

1999 - 20 years ago Grand Marshal Nominations sought - "The 21 Club" is seeking nominations of individuals to be Grand Marshal of the Sutherland Labor Day Parade. The 21 Club replaces the now defunct...

 

American Life In Poetry

There are so many delightful poems by Faith Shearin that it can be difficult to select just one to show you. This one is from her sixth book, Darwin's Daughter, published in 2017 by Stephen F. Austin...

 

Big Foot Is A Gasbag

After a great deal of time and effort and some very careful calculations, I've managed to measure my carbon footprint. It turns out that, much like my actual footprint, it's somewhere between a large... Full story

 

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