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Debates on Social Media? No Comment

This year, for the first time ever, our family decided to request a presidential candidate’s yard sign. After receiving the sign, I placed it off to the side of our front porch, telling myself we would display it in the front yard in a few days. A few days passed, and I did indeed moveContinue reading “Debates on Social Media? No Comment”

Reflections on Race

While online recently, I came upon an article about Charles Schulz, the famous creator of the comic strip “Peanuts.” The article described how Mr. Schulz introduced a Black boy named Franklin into his comic strip after receiving letters from a schoolteacher, Harriet Glickman. Ms. Glickman wrote to Mr. Schulz encouraging him to consider the positiveContinue reading “Reflections on Race”

Identity in a Crisis

As my youngest son prepares to start college, I find myself thinking about my own undergraduate experience at Northwestern University. I took many thought-provoking classes and expanded my perspective beyond small-town Iowa as I explored the city of Chicago. One experience absent from my college life, however, was the opportunity to cheer for winning footballContinue reading “Identity in a Crisis”

Finding Common Ground, Six Feet Away

In addition to a movie featuring Audrey Hepburn, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the title of perhaps the only recognizable song by a band called Deep Blue Something. The song is sung from the point of view of a man whose girlfriend is on the verge of breaking up with him because she feels the twoContinue reading “Finding Common Ground, Six Feet Away”

Some Calm in Calamity

The Coronavirus Pandemic remains first and foremost on many of our minds. Many of us have personal connections to someone who has contracted the virus, and tragically, a few of us have suffered the loss of a friend, co-worker, or family member. Those of us still going to the store are seeing more customers andContinue reading “Some Calm in Calamity”

Life with Less Caution

A few months ago, our family decided to submit an application to a local dog rescue organization. Soon afterward, we were approved to meet a seven-month old puppy living with a foster family and found ourselves driving home with a new four-legged friend. There is no shortage of things to love about this young pup:Continue reading “Life with Less Caution”