You Can Get Good Milk from a Brown-Skinned Cow

Brown Skin Cow

My friend Michael and I have, on more than one occasion, sung to one another on the phone. No love songs, no Broadway. Just two early baby boomers trying to cobble together the lyrics to songs we were raised on by progressive parents who believed in the messages the songs taught. Neither of us knows anyone else who played these 78s until there were no grooves left in the plastic records.

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Iowa Flood Chaos Brings Back Childhood Memory

Car Flooded

My home, Ames, Iowa, has just experienced the biggest flood in the city’s history. Bigger even than 1993 where the roads were closed and Des Moines didn’t have fresh water for more than a week. There was eleven inches of rain in central Iowa in three days last week.

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Book Group as Dysfunctional Family

Book Group

My book group has grandmothers and moms with at-home or sometimes-at-home kids. We are psychologists, business owners, social workers. We have an attorney, an OB-GYN, an ex-investor relations pro who is, for the moment, retired.

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Picking Blackberries Off the Vine

Blackberry Cluster

I picked blackberries the other day. Nothing unusual about that. Most every day I go to the local fruit and vegetable mart, ask, “Blackberries good today?” and decide whether to pick a small container or a large one.

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