Fear Merchants

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” Fear is an imagination that becomes a “story” of fact, when it is not. “

Talent Is Not A Number

One of the things I always look forward to is heading back to my alma mater, Wartburg College, to take part in Scholarship Day. The campus holds three of these days between November and February. High school seniors and juniors come to Wartburg to participate in several events and do interviews. The interviews are based…

Needles Are Easy…Life’s a Challenge

This is part 1 of 2 of what we call “longreads”, or stories that are longer than 1,000 words.  On a warm sunny Sunday in late May, my grandfather and I opened up the shed in his backyard. Back in early December, Grandpa said that he had some boxes of stuff that belonged to my mom,…

Sportsmanship Isn’t Just for Sports

Thursday night, I sat in on a lecture by Dr. P.M. Forni about civility as part of the “Better Together Iowa” series, hosted by Drake University, Character Counts in Iowa, IPTV, and Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, among several sponsors.  I won’t get into the intellectual discussion of what Forni said and what I…