Author Marty Rubin once said, “Getting lost is part of getting there.” This may be true, but I am not sure Mr. Rubin was ever lost in a foreign country because getting lost where no one speaks your language is the emptiest feeling of “losthood” that exists. Trust me — I know from experience.

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Turning 65 years old is one of those milestones, those events in our lives which add punctuation and focus.  It’s a turning point because turning 65 makes us Medicare eligible. 

My family made a big move this summer, relocating from Maquoketa to Odense, Denmark, following a job offer and the opportunity to spend a few years traveling and exploring. Some of you have asked that I keep this community updated on our adventures, and The Observer has generously given me s…

The Biden administration is proposing a sweeping expansion of tax information reporting aimed at raising revenue to help offset the cost of additional spending programs in the American Families Plan. If enacted, the proposal would require financial institutions to report to the IRS detailed …

Dating websites and social media all too often are populated by folks wanting to project a more positive image of themselves than exists in reality. The images projected can range from those merely shading the truth (leaving out that you are married) to the bald-faced lie (pretending to be a…

At the end of this month, little goblins and ghosties will be canvassing homes with their goodie bags for Halloween candy. When I was growing up, one of our neighbors always invited her little visitors into her living room for cookies and cider, and another always treated us to her special f…

President Herbert Hoover turned 147 in July. Today, Herbert Hoover is often forgotten, or if he is remembered, it is usually in the context of the Great Depression. However, the story of Herbert Hoover is remarkable, and it is symbolic of the spirit of the United States.

It was a cold October evening when I decided to end my life. I had arrived at this decision once before, several years prior this, but I had a moment of clarity and called for help before I followed through. I received treatment immediately following, and I went into remission for a few years. 

The unemployment benefits system became an irresistible target for all manner of fraud almost as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. The numbers of unemployed using these systems exploded by orders of magnitude, with a corresponding investment of benefit dollars dwarfing any…

One of the first lessons I give my students begins by asking them to view this image (see right) and consider which jar represents the capacity of their creativity. I encourage you to think about your own answer to that question.

Honestly, I began writing this column long before The Observer recently ran its Golden Lifestyles supplement and the controversy regarding certain school curriculum. 

Whether you are an avid reader, want to explore something new, are eager to discuss good literature or just want to listen to others talk about their thoughts and impressions, you have not one, but three different book clubs to choose from this fall at the DeWitt Public Library.

The Iowa child care crisis continues with an insufficient number of affordable child care facilities available for people throughout the state. This has a clear impact on the state’s economy, making it more difficult for workers to remain in or join the workforce.

A journalist is arrested and put on trial for doing her job. The governor’s office and state agencies defy the law without consequence by ignoring or refusing requests for public records. A veteran state employee claims she was fired for complying with the law and providing a public record t…

My husband has a particular admiration for Olympic gymnasts who perform on the balance beam. It stems from his attempt to land on a beam and set in motion the fulcrum principle at our house-remodeling project years ago.

It is hard to imagine Norman Borlaug ever joining in singing “Jolene” or “9 to 5.” I can’t picture him harmonizing in a heart-tugging rendition of “I Will Always Love You.”

ASAC is working with community members to share an anti-stigma media campaign related to substance use throughout the county called “See the Person, Not the Addiction”. This campaign aims to address the misperceptions that may act as a source of shame for people who use drugs and their suppo…

Courthouses are, without a doubt, iconic structures within our civilized societies. However, many people would probably be shocked to discover the lengths - both legal and illegal - that pioneers would go to in order to get one

My mother never liked the gaudy light post that stands in the middle of our front yard. Its awkward and uneven posture tilts even with the slightest bit of breeze that swarms around it. 

The Federal Trade Commission announced on June 1 they started a claim-filing process open to people who lost money by sending funds to scammers by using Moneygram. Anyone who lost money in a Moneygram scam is eligible to submit a claim if they meet two criteria:

Not that long ago it was nothing to see hundreds of tree swallows perched on the high line here at the farm. When you mowed hay, they and their first cousins — barn swallows — followed the chatter of the sickle bar to feast on leafhoppers and assorted insects rising from the swath.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Upper Mississippi River Restoration program is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Since 1986, this unique partnership has grown to be the single most important effort committed to ensuring the viability and vitality of the Upper Mississippi River System’s diverse …

Gov. Kim Reynolds talked a couple weeks ago about the importance of government leaders keeping other government officials looped in as decisions are made and events unfold.

The story played like the opening bell of the campaign for 2022 gubernatorial election: State Auditor Rob Sand, potential Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, accused her of improperly using federal coronavirus aid dollars for “self-promotion.”

The chant “Power to the People” was used by anti-war and civil rights protesters in the 60s. John Lennon wrote a song with that title in 1971. The idea flowed from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution which begins, “We the people.”

The problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at removing all misleading content from social media. The …

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ refusal to lend a hand in dealing with the stream of Central American refugee children piling into bulging border camps on the U.S.-Mexican border is an embarrassing, and yet honest, snapshot of immigration sentiment in this state.