Unsung heroes

During one of my story interviews a while ago, I talked with a widow of a Vietnam veteran who told me the story of her husband’s life. The story ran in our publication quite a while ago, and readers were introduced to an extraordinary tale of a man who served his country with passion. What…

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Getting real

The strangest thing hap- pened while I was watching MTV the other day, I cried. Regretfully, I will admit that I’m a bit of a fan of that television station. I like MTV’s crazy spin on reality tv. Oddly enough, it was reality tv that made me cry. If you aren’t a fan of the…

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Rescuing Barbie

I was reminiscing the other day about my childhood toys and wound up telling a silly story about G.I. Joes and Barbie. Like most young girls, I had dolls. My brothers, like most brothers, had an army of G.I. Joes. While reminiscing, I reflected on one particular play memory, when Barbie got captured by a…

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The pursuit of happiness

America’s wealth may be stealing its happiness. According to a new book by Guy Finley, America may be the wealthiest country on Earth, but its citizens don’t even make the top ten when it comes to happiness. Third world countries – including Mexico and Guatemala – have declared more happiness than American citizens. I’ve no…

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The measure of success

There are 334 people in my e-mail address book, four doors in my car, three sets of spare sheets in my closet and nearly a full tank of my somewhat overpriced gas in my car. We have 15 Iowa Newspaper Association plaques on the wall at the Dickinson County News. One of them actually has…

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Shhh…Let me tell you a secret

“A secret is what you ask a friend not to share because you cannot keep it to yourself.” Many of us are among of those people who become naturally curious any time someone says they’ve got a secret. It may be a journalistic tendency, but I am in one of those people who really likes…

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Impressions last forever

My worst nightmare is to be forgotten. I dream of walking down the street and running into someone who was once a vivid part of my life. I say hello and try to start a conversation, but they stare at me with a blank look … confused… wanting to get away. My nightmares show that…

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Rush, Rush

As KUOO dug into its archives to bring us Paula Abdul’s 1998 release of “Rush, Rush” last week, the radio disk jockey sent me on a bit of an archival search of my own. You know how every once in a while, a scent, sight or song brings you back to a memory you had…

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Knowledge and power

We’ve all heard it said “knowledge is power.” As I attended an induction ceremony for the National Honor Society last week, I was reminded just how true that statement can be. Knowledge is power for a student who studied for the SATS and is able to attend the college of her choice. Knowledge is power…

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In the presence of greatness

Last Friday, I had the privilege of hearing our governor address a room full of newspaper professionals. I’m not commonly a fan of speaking politicians, and Governor Vilsack’s convention speeches usually leave me in need of a dose of caffeine. Regardless, last Friday, he had my attention. Vilsack spoke about education reform and teaching our…

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More insect problems

This morning, I had a spider in my hair. I was driving down the road, and felt my hair being tugged a little funny. Normally, I wouldn’t think anything of it: the wind tangles my hair daily, my puppy thinks the blonde strings are a fun toy, and I’m always getting my hair caught in…

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The power to stop time

Do you ever wish life came with a pause button? I decided recently that if I were to choose any superpower in the world, it would be the ability to make time stand still. How often do we wish for just one more minute with someone we care about? One more chance to review a…

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