2020 was a big ask and it’s far from over

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I say this based on evidence, personal experiences, and what I’ve witnessed as a news reporter during the chaotic state of affairs this past year.


And how I react to conflict in my relationships

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

I grew up in a household where anger loomed over my siblings and I as if it were an evil spirit and not an emotion. My father was abusive and my mother was an opioid addict. I have few memories of my childhood. Anger is one of them.


Headlines of humanity will fade if we let them

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Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

When international travel came to a halt in early 2020 hoping to slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, Juan Manuel Bellestero found himself stranded on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo, a sealed off sanctuary untouched by the virus.


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Party before country does not equal patriotism. In fact, it’s the opposite.

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A screenshot of a text message I received from Iowa Republican Governor Kim Renyolds’ reelection campaign

I’m not sure how I ended up on the list of who Governor Reynolds’ fundraising team bombards with emails, phone calls and text messages, but I know that her 2022 reelection campaign pitch is gross.


Unless ‘We The People’ unify in acknowledging this difference, our political crisis will never change

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Hedi Benyounes via Upsplash

“He strangled his wife,” the director of the domestic violence program said to me as soon as I closed her office door for privacy. She sat behind her desk wearing a pantsuit with heels while I wore street clothes and stayed up on my feet.


This Valentine’s Day, we grieve the loss of one while rejoicing in the recovery of another

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Dylan and Amber. Oregon, 2007. All photos contributed by the author

It knocked the wind out of me when I heard those words. “He died in his sleep.”


Regardless of impeachment conviction or acquittal, the dangerous ideology will continue to live among us

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Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

COVID-19 and the Midwest Snowpocalyse 2021 has reduced my connection with the outside world to a corner of my hundred-year-old farmhouse.


How author Claire Stapley connects us with ourselves and each other in her piece, ‘Our Identities Are Fragmented Because Of The Pandemic.’

“This lockdown, however, feels different,” she writes, adding, “We are all incredibly tired, our metaphorical shoes scuffed…


Sleepless. I didn’t sleep well last night after Governor Reynolds’ abrupt and unwarranted decision to revolt against Biden.

Erika Anne Sauter

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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