Opinion

05/02/2017 - 11:37am
Nine months ago, I spent the entire first day of school crying, off and on, as I thought about my baby sitting in kindergarten. I knew he was in good hands, but I still teared up. What I didn’t know was that he was actually in great hands. The things he has learned since entering Kris Nicholson’s classroom amaze me. Just as the things he learned in Emily Stelling’s preschool...
12/13/2016 - 3:09pm
A few weeks ago, just after cat arrived at my house, my 3-year-old walked up to me. “I always wanted to have two pets,” he said, so matter-of-factly that I was surprised that I had never heard that sentiment before. In our house, we’re dog people. My husband grew up with cats and dogs, always preferred dogs and when we got...
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...
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