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Fifty years ago, when I was 15 years old, heading into my sophomore year of high school, there is no way I could have known a half century later, the United States would be talking about 1969 as a seminal year of American history.

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I would be the first to tell you that every day when you roll out of bed is not necessarily a good day. But then again, that is in retrospect. Some days start out better than others for one reason or another. For one reason or another, some days just don’t go so well. Yet, every day of life …

I’ve been sitting in the editor’s chair way too long to be super impressed by any political candidate or any super star for that matter. Once you interview Jimmy Carter and Barbara Bush, have a sit down with Mike Ditka and Reggie White, there’s not a whole lot of room to grow. I’ve talked to…

It seems like many times over the last few years I have talked to you about mass shootings that are happening in our nation and this week we have seen it happen again in El Paso and Dayton.

Donald Trump is now a far worse racist today than he was a couple of days ago because he dared state the truth about the inner city of Baltimore. It’s likely he would have turned off his tweet machine had Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings not brutalized Trump’s Department of Human Service…

You know everyone has needs in life. I can sit here right now and ask you for what needs you have and I bet you, like me, can list them pretty easily. And, of course, you probably already know where I am going. The key question is, can God meet all my needs? Notice, I did not say your wants.…

I have always been fascinated with Israel not just from a Biblical perspective but also a historical one. It has captivated the world for centuries. Israel, of course, was an ancient and powerful kingdom with a checkered past whom God used mightily to change and save the world.

A TWEET BY President Trump and an ensuing chant at one of his rallies has people on the left in a mouth frothing, hysterical rage accusing the President of racism.

I guess you could call me a Son of the Sun. I was born in July 65 years ago during a brutal heat wave in Iowa that had people who suffered with the summers of 1935 and 1936 talking about which summer was more miserable.

Tomorrow is July 4. It is Independence Day. It is a day where picnics are held, ball games are played, fireworks are displayed and parades are seen. But back in 1776, the only fireworks took place in Philadelphia where a group of patriots had gathered from the 13 colonies to take the momento…

You don’t have to be a big women’s soccer fan to be drawn in to the success of Team U.S.A. I got home in time Friday to see about half the match against France. Beating up France is good for the American soul. I watched the Spanish version of the win against Great Britain. Yeah goalie!

How the Democrat Party has allowed Alexandria Ocazio-Cortez to be the spokesman for the party and its progressive movement is beyond explanation. It partly shows how utterly undisciplined Democrats are in the Congress in not bridling this young dimwit.

This Sunday, one of Albia's great guys wraps up a 12-year career in Albia and at age 80 does not ride off into the sunset but rather heads into Liberty, Mo., to take on a new assignment serving God.

I’ve really never had a problem with weight gain or obesity, mostly because I’ve been an exercise devotee for all of my adult life. I never understood why a person would work like a dog playing sports in high school and then quit. Football, baseball and track in high school morphed into hand…

This weekend, one of my favorite events to see and help and emcee takes place. It is the big car and tractor show on the square in Albia which I hope you will attend. Last year there was a record number of cars. DeWayne Repp and his many workers and supporters do such a splendid job and vint…

This Sunday is Father's Day. It is the first one in 67 years I have not had my dad to observe it with. It has been nearly five months since his passing at 101. I think about him every day... things he said, things he did, advice he gave. He is in so many ways still with me. He, more than eve…

There was another in what seems like an endless parade of stupid multiple postings on Facebook that my wife showed me. The more I attempt to ignore Facebook, the more it seems like trying to escape the ancient party line telephone system I grew up with on the farm. It was haunted by my grand…

I don’t know that President Trump lies or doesn’t lie any more or any less than other Presidents in recent history. Just last week, President Obama, taking his show on the road to Brazil, told an audience there that Americans can buy machine guns on the Internet.

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Europe. The great author Vornelius Ryan wrote a book in about 1960 which I read as a kid called “The Longest Day.” It chronicled the invasion of Fortress Europa. Nazi Germany had thrust the world into the abyss under Hitler. Mill…

My mother, who was a career stay-at-home mom and farm wife, was actually an accomplished writer in her own right, did a column for our local newspaper called “Family Matters,” and occasionally wrote a sort of poetic prose, not unlike Dr. Suess, but not so crazy.

I’m not sure why this has never occurred to me before, but as I was sitting at the Albia high school’s senior awards ceremony, I thought my eighth grade granddaughter needs to be hearing this. She was at the movies with her buddies.

Deadly tornadoes in Adair County this week remind us all that in the tranquility of our lives, there remains great uncertainty. Things can be going along wonderfully well and yet it all can change so quickly.

It’s that time of year when you ought to be thinking about graduations. Depending on your age and whether or not you actually have children and grandchildren, you might be thinking about pre-school graduation, eighth grade graduation, high school graduation or college graduation.

Sunday is Mother's Day. It is a unique day in it's conception and practice here in America. It is a day where moms are usually feted to flowers, a dinner out and a card or variations of the above. It is a day that can be happy as moms are honored and families get together or where some sadne…

There was a long story in the Des Moines Register on Wednesday that was heart-wrenching on the one hand and infuriating on the other. It was about a 94-year-old WWII Navy veteran whose son had cared for him until dementia, physical instability and gyrating emotional issues set in.

I remember when I was a kid, the older folks I would hang around, i.e. grandparents, would occasionally use a word you hardly hear any more- gumption. Do you use that word? Few do.

People in San Diego are looking for answers where there are none to be found. From all accounts, a kid who attends with his parents a Presbyterian Church, is a talented pianist and good student (albeit very quiet), walks into a Synagogue just a ways down the street, pulls a semi-automatic ri…

Hope you all had a blessed Easter. Would appreciate prayers for my mom, Gladys, having some problems with a leg wound. It’s not serious but could be. So far, ok. But just ok.

I don’t know Andy McKean, the Anamosa Iowa House member who announced he was leaving the Republican Party to caucus with the Democrats in the Iowa House because he doesn’t like Donald Trump. Maybe he’s a nice guy and his leaving the GOP is a great moral leap of faith.

We are in the next to last Sunday of my series on God’s love and its impact on our lives. Next week, I will bring you my column just prior to Good Friday and Easter. Today I want to talk to you about reconciling broken relationships and I am talking not only about our relationship with God b…

It’s like when one of the 20 Democrat candidates for President offer something really stupid to the national discussion, there is a pile on. The latest completely ditsy idea being brought forward by any number of socialists is a very tired platform plank called “reparations.”

I hope you are able to go to the Lenten Luncheons at St. Mary’s every Tuesday. Good cause for charity. Also, take advantage of all the opportunities across denominational lines at various churches as we move ever closer to Easter which is April 21. Holy Week is very near as it begins with Pa…

I’m not exactly sure what members of the Democrat branch of the Me Too Movement are trying to prove with accusations of unwanted touching by former U.S. Senator and Vice President Joe Biden. If you Google “Creepy Uncle Joe” you’re going to find photographs from 30 years ago that portray the …

I woke up Monday morning with a bit of a hangover and it was not alcohol induced. Even though I spent a large portion of my weekend doing spring cleaning, visiting the landfill, attending a JDRF banquet, watching a youth gymnastics/tumbling meet and doing church, I spent way, way too much ti…

First and foremost, Happy St. Patrick’s Day for all of you Irish and Irish wanna be’s. Great and godly man. I savor one of his great prayers especially.

Last week, as a prelude to the next few weeks as we go through Lent together, I began a study on the topic of love and all it means. Love is our theme for Lent and so…. this almost sounds like a Valentine’s message but in reality, it is about proclaiming what all God’s love is and means to u…

My policy of live and let live most generally is extended to Des Moines. Even though it is our capital city, I really don’t care what they do or how they govern themselves. Frankly, I don’t spend a lot of time in Des Moines; a yearly sojourn to the State Fair, an occasional Civic Center perf…

As I write this column, it is the next to last day of the shortest month of the year. But it sure seems like it has been a long one what with the inclement weather. It has been a month of many challenges for me, and for so many of you, I know it has as well. Life is full of them.

I’ve got to tell you, what the University of Iowa, Learfield Broadcasting and Fran McCaffery are doing to long-time Hawkeye broadcaster Gary Dolphin is just short of criminal.

Before all of us bemoan the terrible weather we are having, two things to consider: February is statistically our snowiest month and secondly, we are one day closer to spring. Now that's an optimist for you.

I had to scratch and claw Sunday to obtain a copy of the Des Moines Sunday Register (weather related), desperate for a first hand account of Iowa’s incredible win over Rutgers and the Joe Wiescamp shot heard round the world along with coverage of the Iowa high school state wrestling tournament.

I took my grandson to our house to deliver him from the boredom of being out of school for the ninth time this winter. We had lunch and then started flipping channels, landing on the History Channel’s newest treasure hunt show called “The Curse of Civil War Gold,” which I find out in watchin…

I watched most of what turned out to be an unremarkable Super Bowl. Other than Gladys Knight hitting the National Anthem out of the park, the entire production was pretty much a yawner.