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Opinions

Key to a Hawkeye move

Walkin'

Nov. 20th marks the 10-year anniversary of the final move into our current home.

Wake up!

Food for Thought

I just read an article that pointed out the fact that, by time we reach age 80, we will have spent approximately 233,600 hours sleeping. That’s the equivalent of 26.67 years– almost enough to make me want to sell my bed.

Asked and answered

Walkin'

Five things the far left, the far right and almost everyone in between seems to agree on but nothing ever gets done:
Campaign finance reform. Have you noticed that the more money that is spent on elections the dumber the political discourse gets? Here in Iowa we just finished a heated race for an open senate seat with spending near $40 million, 85 percent of which came from outside groups unaffiliated with either campaign.

Green memories

Food for Thought

For some reason, November almost always sends me off on a nostalgic journey to my husband’s hometown of Graettinger. That’s in the northwest corner of the state, not far from Spencer, Okoboji, and the Minnesota border. Maybe it’s because it was at this time of year that we became aware that winter was near at hand (and, believe me, winter in that part of the state is definitely a thing to remain aware of). Maybe it was the pheasant hunting that got us there every year, in the days before everybody farmed right out to the road. There were fence rows then, and cover for the birds.

Indiana state of mind

Walkin'l

Last week I traveled to Indianapolis to babysit my grandson while my daughter traveled on business.
He’s 11 and quite mature, so who babysat who is a bit of a question.

Making magic

Food for Thought

I put a new canvas on my easel the other day but haven’t the slightest idea why. Or what I had in mind to paint on it. There’s something intimidating about a blank canvas. Maybe it’s because of all that white– the same thing that sometimes causes writers to be reluctant to commit those first words to a fresh sheet of paper.

A shocking misnomer

Food for Thought

I confess to being an Antiques Roadshow addict. It’s not that I am an avid antiques collector, for I seldom actually buy antiques, although I enjoy browsing through the shops with collections of those relics from the past. The stories that go with them tend to intrigue me, even though the people who bring their treasures to the program often have incomplete or erroneous tales to tell about the items. Part of it, I guess, is that the history of anything is a part of the history of mankind, of the world, of western civilization, of ourselves.

Leave off the bacon

Food for Thought

I should think that doctors would be delighted that the price of bacon has risen so dramatically in recent months. Just think how much less bacon we’re eating, not to mention all that good bacon grease we’re not using to fry our fish and potatoes– even though grandma always told us that was best. Who knows– without all that bacon in our diets, we may be able to save a few cents a day on those meds we were taking to get rid of the cholesterol. I really missed those bacon and tomato sandwiches this summer, though.

Haircuts and Hondas

Walkin'

Mom cut our hair as children.
It was during the heart of the hippie movement. Not the winter of discontent but the summer of love, flower children, Grateful Dead, Strawberry Fields, Woodstock, The Beatles… All the cool kids were letting their hair grow long. But Mom, and especially Dad, made it clear that no son of theirs would be seen with hair “down to here, down to there, down to where it’s not by itself,” as popularized by the musical “Hair.”

Subliminal road-rage?

Food for Thought

I can’t help but wonder just how much the design of today’s cars influences the rising prominence of road-rage on our highways. One can’t help but see faces on oncoming cars, with the grille suggesting a toothy grin, and the headlights representing eyes. Some sports cars, with their sleek profiles have always brought to my mind the image of a predatory shark.

Home front update

Walkin'

The old linoleum floor in my parent’s Chicago home was the big topic of conversation during a recent family gathering to celebrate Dad’s 90th birthday.

New car, no sodas allowed

Walkin'

At 224,000 miles, my old green Honda and I have driven the equivalent of nine times around planet earth.
It was brand new in 1998. Bill Clinton was president and clinging to his office after an affair with an intern became big news. The Unabomber was in jail and the federal budget balanced for the first and only time since WWII.
Like the responsible budget, the new car smell didn’t last for long.