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Opinions

Gustatory ramblings

Food For Thought

How many times have you promised yourself you were going to do something “someday” or sooner? I’m afraid I’m not very good at keeping promises to myself– I am pretty conscientious about promises to other people but nobody knows if I renege on the ones to me– except me. These are promises based on a guilty conscience, I suppose. Those things I KNOW I should do but tend to admit only to myself. The sort of things you’d want to change about yourself but don’t tell anyone else about because you’re not sure you’ll live up to them.

Annual bike ride

Walkin'

This year’s annual summer bicycle ride will be into Dubuque and back on June 17 to 18.
We’ll leave from our house in Iowa City about 8 a.m.
We’ll ride the Heritage Trail. It’s a 26-mile multi-use recreational trail comprised of compacted crushed limestone that follows an abandoned railroad right-of-way connecting the Mississippi River town of Dubuque on the west end and to Dyersville on the east.

A happy childhood

Food For Thought

One of my sisters married a Navy man and lived in California for the first several years of their marriage. Life in Redondo Beach was dramatically different from the life she’d known in Knoxville, where we grew up. For instance, if she wasn’t up early enough in the morning to collect the bottles of milk delivered to her front porch, she couldn’t count on it being there later. Her children couldn’t leave toys in the yard while they ate lunch and expect to find them there afterward. In fact, her children couldn’t play outdoors at all unless she was with them.

Captive of heritage

Walkin'

“Samples!” I said out loud, to no one in particular, as I rolled my cart through the grocery store.
Getting excited and going for a free sample is something I always do, and it’s one of those times I always think of Dad.
The old man could never pass up something offered at no charge, sometimes to the point of being weird. As a kid, for example, I remember purposely parking the car on the far side of the Woodfield Mall so we would walk through Marshall Fields on our way to Sears.

Stopping along the way

Food For Thought

It wasn’t until I had my own car and my own schedule I learned the pleasures of taking the scenic drive and enjoying the journey, not just dwelling on getting to the destination.

Gardens past

Walkin'

A snake resided in Grandma Sickler’s garden.
We’d visit her at the farm at least twice a year. Even though Wittenberg was only a five-hour drive it was a world apart from our life in the suburbs of Chicago. There was a real barn complete with a hayloft, an outhouse, farm animals, live trout in the watering tank (Grandpa put them there) and cousins galore more than willing to show their “city slicker” relatives the ropes of the rural life.
Grandma said she liked the snake because it kept out rodents and birds. She also noted that if you didn’t mess with it, it wouldn’t mess with you.

Let’s everybody run for something: The North Liberty election

There’s a dynamic in American politics today that everybody needs to run for something. In 96 of 99 Iowa counties that probably helps, but in the People’s Republic there’s a line around the block for any and all vacancies, hints of vacancies, or rumors.
So when North Liberty found itself with not one but two vacant offices, 10 total candidates showed up: seven newcomers, two current office holders and a blast from the past. The result? A mayor with less than a majority and a council member winning with just 29 percent of the vote.

...a young man’s fancy

Food For Thought

My grandmother used to take great delight in quoting snippets of Tennyson’s poetry– especially bits about spring and love. She often had her own version of his famous lines, however. “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” morphed into, “...a young man’s fancy, and an old one’s not too bad.” And she warned us about what could happen once the headiness of new love wore off by saying, “He will hold thee, when its passion will have spent its novel force, / something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse.”

Mud and blood brother

Walkin'

On my recent trip home for my folks’ 70th anniversary, I found myself digging in the garden with Brad.

Creek Boys survive two tough matches for six consecutive wins

CCA sinks Bobcats and Stormin’ Pointers on the pitch

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys soccer team picked up a pair of wins Tuesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 20, against Benton Community and Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).
The action started in Van Horne with a 1-0 win over the Bobcats. A scoreless first half led to a Wyatt Sedlacek ball connecting with Mitch Evans. Evans blew past the Benton Community keeper for the goal.

Speed speak, is it?

Food For Thought

I keep getting cards and letters in my mail, offering me special deals on hearing tests and hearing aids. I don’t know where these people get their mailing lists, but someone has found out I’m 82 and might be hard of hearing. I don’t think I have a problem in that regard, although there are a couple situations where I don’t always hear clearly what someone is saying. One situation in which I have trouble hearing, or understanding, what someone is saying is when there is a lot of background noise, as at a party where there is music playing or several groups of people talking at once.

Facebook is back

Walkin'

When Pearl and I walk we have an understanding.
As long as she stays by my side with the leash slack, I’ll let her take a few breaks so she can stop and smell... well, anything and everything including... the roses.