Opinion

03/08/2017 - 8:41am
As I sat in the basement of St. Francis Catholic Church Tuesday afternoon, I watched as two women were told they couldn’t donate blood during the LifeServe blood drive. It’s not an unusual situation – I was even one heartbeat per minute away from being rejected that afternoon. I told the LifeServe employee doing my health screening that my heart rate was probably just high...
12/06/2016 - 4:18pm
At its peak, “Gilmore Girls” was something like the 160th most popular television show in America. And yet, its fans have clamored for a revival of the show since it left the air in 2007. Last month, I joined millions of Americans in watching the four new episodes over just two days. The binge watching was a necessity, I told myself,...
11/15/2016 - 2:18pm
I spent two Saturdays last month watching out-of-town protesters converge on Calhoun County fields, showing their opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline with chants and, eventually, acts of trespassing. It’s not, I was quick to tell my friends, how I would choose to spend half of my weekend. As I thought about it more, I do have to...
11/09/2016 - 3:37pm
On a stunningly beautiful morning, unexpectedly bright and sunny for early November, the Urbandale Police Department brought Officer Justin Martin home. More than a hundred people stood at attention Sunday morning on Main Street, soundlessly watching the arrival of dozens of police cars, which parked in silent tribute to the first Urbandale...
09/20/2016 - 3:12pm
This week and next week, The Graphic-Advocate is bringing you stories about two area families dealing with childhood cancer diagnoses. These stories are neither easy to tell, nor easy to read. September marks Pediatric Cancer Month, and while that was part of my motivation to reach out to these families, I had another reason, more personal, that...
07/26/2016 - 11:22am
I won’t claim to be an ag expert, not by a long shot. Still, when my husband told me a few weeks ago about an article he had just read about transpiration, I was surprised and my curiosity piqued. Maybe, many, many years ago in a science class, a teacher mentioned transpiration as part of the water cycle. I mean, I do know how evaporation...
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