Category Archives: Iowa

To Write or Not To Write Letters

The atmosphere inside the post office was friendly, brisk with business people frequenting the main lobby. It wasn’t a place to stand and chat; like the libraries of that decade; it was quiet. Continue reading

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res-to-ra-tion

res-to-ra-tion (res’te r ashen) 1. Action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition 2) to return to a former or normal state. When I looked up the word “restoration” on the internet, I got links to hardware. … Continue reading

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Christmas Gift Giving

“I believe we are all called to gift giving.” Continue reading

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A Dime A Dozen

Simple math tells us that at the rate of a dime a dozen, one (of anything)  is equivalent to a value of $0.0083.  Cheap! So, what can we buy at a rate like that? You can’t even get penny candy … Continue reading

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Persons of Influence

Back when I was a teenager living in Iowa, I read Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends & Influence People. It was first published in 1937. Today, I know that I needed that book, since I was so shy and … Continue reading

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Confession Beyond the Car Wash

As a realtor, I feel that keeping my car clean is a necessity. The 2004 Honda Accord that I drove home from the dealership in that same year is still rolling along…sometimes a little dusty, but not rusty like the … Continue reading

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Christmas Star~~Take A Bow!

Today, proper protocol when addressing royalty requires a bow to show respect and honor. I’ve never stood before the British queen, prince or princess, but in 2003 I came close while visiting St. Andrews University in Scotland. Prince William was a student then, … Continue reading

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Identity Crisis Over

Over 35 years ago, I wrote a weekly column entitled, “Etcetera, etc.” As a follow up on my last post, “It’s All About Me, Me, Me…Effie,” I’m including it here. This should prove that the more things change, the more they … Continue reading

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It’s All About Me, Me, Me…EFFIE

From the time I was in elementary school, I cringed at the sound of my name: EFFIE. No one had that name, except Aunt Effie, my mother’s sister. I was named for her. She’s 101 years old now…and she was named for her … Continue reading

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Under the Tent

Tents have been around since biblical times, but my memory of them only goes back to my childhood. My parents never took me camping, either. Back then, Uncle Bert Smith had erected a tent on the side yard of his home. … Continue reading

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