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Moral values extend beyond exit poll

Thursday, November 25, 2004

The surprise came from two words cropping up in the exit poll reports. Moral values. The election was hinging on moral values.

Out of the closet: It’s us against our stuff

Thursday, November 18, 2004

I think I want to move.
Oh sure, I love the house, the property, the neighborhood, and the schools. All our friends are here and the dogs finally learned how to strew the trash about the yard in the most efficient manner.

Heartland Heritage

Thursday, November 18, 2004

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us make a special effort to prepare special foods that are a part of our family traditions.

It’s dairy conference time again

Thursday, November 18, 2004

It hardly seems like two years have passed, but the registration brochures circulating for the Ohio Dairy Management Conference confirm that they have.

Political wisdom for the heartland

Thursday, November 18, 2004

The first political wisdom ever sent my way came from the gravelly throat of Everett Dirksen.
During Dirksen’s 1968 reelection stop in my southern Illinois hometown, I asked the white-maned Senate Minority Leader how he’d outflank Mayor Daley’s Chicago vote machine.

Staring down the mouse that roared

Thursday, November 18, 2004

I am decidedly a country girl from way back, but I confess to one odd trait that makes me look like a city kid in the biggest way.

Pillow talk: In pursuit of bedded bliss

Thursday, November 11, 2004

I had no idea so much was riding on my mattress.
That is, until the down comforter on our bed sprang a leak.

A Tale of Tapioca: Daddy’s Little Deception

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Miffed and mildly embarrassed, my high school senior, Jo, admitted one more time to friends at school that, as a little girl, her dad told her that tapioca was fish eggs.

Big GOP win: Tough ag fights ahead

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Just before midnight Nov. 2, the empty Guinness cans in my kitchen sink rattled.
Two (of the three; there would be more later) fell.

Listening is more than just hearing

Thursday, November 11, 2004

“You often think that if you listen to what other people or situations require, you are being passive, even subordinate.

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