The first feature story I picked up as a syndicated freelancer with Gannett was on a man who was retiring after 56 years of employment with the same manufacturer. Making metal milk crates by hand, Gary started working there two weeks before his 18th birthday in 1963.
He was the first of his family to find work off the farm, but felt it was his duty. Most of the men in his hometown of Marion were serving in the Vietnam War. Local businesses needed employees and families across Eastern Iowa needed to wake up to milk on their doorsteps.
The morning of my birthday in 2014, a pickup warrant dragged me across an abandoned dirt lot by my ankles. My subordinate was gaining on us. I starred her down until our eyes met. I nodded for her to let it go.
I felt scared, but not panicked. My adrenaline induced reaction was to escape, but I didn’t try. As long as both of his hands were on me; he wasn’t able to pull the trigger of his pistol. The goal was to protect the community, not myself.
Ground zero was on the other side of a 14-foot tall cinderblock…
“U.S. Senate Candidate Joni Ernst references the true meaning of Second Amendment and says she believes in the right to defend oneself from intruders or oppressive government.” — 2014 campaign.
Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain. — State of Iowa
Across the pond, through the study window, I see an American Flag at half staff rustling in the wind. It’s been at half staff since November 7, 2020, the day the U. S. declared President Biden victorious in the election. I try not to look at it, but it’s all I can see. I watched as the family — three generations — lower it together.
Upstairs, the view from my bedroom window stretches out into the distance where a screaming red Chinese Flag hangs from a…
“Slow down, you’re doing fine. You can’t be everything you want to be before your time.”
The first time I was ever inside of a church was on the day of my 21st birthday. Most people celebrate this milestone at a bar with their friends, drinking until they puke. I spent it burying my best friend. Killed in a car accident, he died on impact when a drunk driver struck his vehicle head-on.
The drunk driver survived and Ben’s wife and four young children carried on without a husband and father.
“Too bad, but it’s the life you lead. You’re…
When Democrats announced former Vice President Joe Biden as the party presidential nominee in August 2020, I thought, ‘I have 90 days to convince myself why I like Biden.’
I didn’t neccessarily dislike him but he wasn’t my first choice.
A historic 28 Democratic candidates tossed their name into the hat. 11 withdrew before making it to the primary ballot, seven withdrew before the Iowa Caucus but remained on the primary ballot and 10 withdrew during the primaries.
To form my own unbiased and educated opinion, I turned off the news and researched, sending myself spiraling down the rabbit hole…
During the Red State Trailblazer Town Hall, moderated by Laura Ingraham on Fox News on April 29, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) announced that she returned $95 million dollars in federal funds allocated to reopen schools safely.
The audience cheered when she stated that we’ve had our schools open all year, and that Biden must think “the COVID just started.”
“They sent additional funds to get our students black in classrooms,” she continued on.
That’s not a typo. She absolutely said that.
Reynolds presented having “our kids in school” as a success story. She failed to mention that she ordered…
On Friday morning, April 23rd, I woke to the inevitable. After months of positive case counts mounting in Iowa’s school system, children are dying. Based on projection models, it’s only the beginning.
To be sure I wasn’t misinterpreting the data or suffering the delusional effects of a conspiracy theory, I reached out to Sara Anne Willette with the Iowa COVID-19 Tracker project who confirmed my worst nightmare.
On August 4, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) ordered the state’s 327 school districts to open for a minimum of 50% in person classroom instruction. …
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” — Benjamin Franklin
Chances are, only seven people will read this, but that’s okay because I’ll never reach my goal without executing actionable steps. My goal is to write, even if it’s not what people want to read.
I compromised. I included a flashy headline and image because it’s an expectation. If you feel mislead, I totally get it.
I’m not a fan of flashy headlines or imagines either, but what’s a girl to do? It’s the standard norm for internet publishing.
You probably clicked on the headline because…
For the past seven years, my daughter has struggled with substance abuse. She’s addicted to heroin and meth. After six months of inpatient rehabilitation treatment, she recently returned home.
She continues to struggle. Her mental health is declining. During the last five weeks, we’ve watched her transform into a shell of herself, regardless of taking part in an intensive outpatient treatment program and weekly one-on-one counseling sessions.
The pain she suffers is so immense, I can feel it. Two nights ago, I called her out on it. I can see the pattern, and it’s time for her to get help.
I blog to stay sane.