The War Zone

Last month, my family had our annual family reunion in northeast Iowa. We decided to have it at least every year because my grandmother and her sisters were the last survivors of their original family. We had a pleasant time…until the Sunday morning, when my mother’s cousin passed away suddenly. He was in failing health…

In Search of…an Identity

Mike Draper’s column in Juice tripped my trigger on something that I’ve put off writing about. I’ve been a Des Moines resident for 15 years. I didn’t grow up here, left the state, and came back, like Draper did. I’m from Waterloo, went to Wartburg College, and came here after college. And yet, I’m still…

The best summer reading for 2010 is not from a book

Summers provides us a chance to pick up a book and do some reading on our vacation, weekends, and free time.  Of course, it’s tough to carve out time to read when we’re busy with other things that make summers fun. What are you reading or going to read this summer? Currently, I picked up…