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Mark Cady was right at home at the piano and was an occasional singer, too, maybe best known among family and friends for his rendition of “Easter Parade” each New Year’s Eve — a whimsical tidbit that widened the eyes of some people at his funeral last week.

The “sound” of music that resonated before Christmas by the Lemon Sisters now jingles as a never-to-be-forgotten memory; therefore, our 2019 toy project will be dedicated to the Lemon Sisters as a way of saying thank you for all the years they made children the reason for the season.

“I like the “edge season” my husband, Peter, said, as we watched the moon rise over the mountains and felt a chill breeze rise with it. As far as I know, Peter invented this expression. He might have meant the “season’s end,” but I like the idea of the “season’s edge” better.

For years I’ve lived by the mantra “Sleep is for the weak.” If there is a sporting event, concert, play or any other entertainment option that looks like it shouldn’t be missed, I try not to miss it. It has always made sense to me that a few hours on the road to and from whatever was going o…

My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home.

I recently had the opportunity”to go shopping with my wife and some friends. We were in Saugatuck, Mich., for a long weekend, and since it was raining, we were limited in the number of activities from which we had to choose. So, our wives suggested we head to Holland to shop, knowing that th…

My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky, but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way.

I have been sputtering like an old pickup truck for the past three years over the sometimes outrageous, sometimes ill-informed, and often infuriating comments our president makes each day on his Twitter account.

The next few weeks will be full of opportunities to meet the candidates for local elected offices such as city council and school boards, leading up to the Nov. 5 elections. In addition to questions about city budgets or school policies, voters should ask candidates about what it means to ha…

My parents live in a cabin deep in the north woods. I know this sounds like the start of a fairytale. Sometimes it seems a bit like one.

The following is my opinion and thoughts based on factual historical statements. Paraphrased, of course.

“In the United States, 14% of the adult population, a staggering 32 million adults, cannot read. What’s more shocking is that we haven’t moved that needle in 10 years. We know that literacy helps people escape the bonds of poverty and live longer. We know that literate people are more inclin…

With apologies to the writers of the television show “Mission Impossible,” I’ve taken the line used near the beginning of every episode for my column title.

“The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him,” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100-plus-year-old farmhouse up for sale.

The NCAA has a problem on its hands with college football. The inmates are running the asylum. Or in this case, the Tigers and Longhorns. I give you as examples the following events that occurred before, during and after LSU’s 45-38 win over Texas in Austin Sept. 7.

The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) was created to provide a free, efficient way for Iowans to receive information and resolve complaints related to Iowa Code chapters 21 and 22, Iowa’s open meetings and public records laws.

Hello. My name is Luke Maiers and I am a new reporter/photographer with the Dyersville Commercial, Manchester Press and Cascade Pioneer. I will be based out of Dyersville, but will cover the happenings that will take place in the communities surrounding.

How many more will it take? How many more mass shootings? How many more bodies will need to pile up — in the aisles of retail stores, in churches, in the classrooms and corridors of schools, in offices, in movie theaters, in nightclubs? How many more times must this happen before our leaders…

This week I celebrated my grandson’s 10th birthday. I gave him a gift and a birthday card and asked him to read what I had written. He told me he couldn’t because it was in cursive. He attends a public school in the state of Iowa, receiving excellent grades in all his classes. I didn’t write…

Here is some information that I have retrieved from the “Luxembourg News.” I get the news on my computer in English and get to see what the other side of the ocean is saying about the United States and the rest of the world. U.S. Steel Corp has a plant in Slovakia and is going to lay off 2,5…

Drug addiction and abuse are now being considered the largest man-made health crisis ever in recorded history. Since the late 1990s, the drug crisis has surged forward, leaving epic devastation in its wake. Now, more than ever, it’s important that literally, everyone out there knows how to s…

If you’ve been on social media lately you can’t help but see photos of people you know who have aged considerably. It’s done with an app (that’s short for application for you non-tech types) called Face App. Apparently, you can take a photo of yourself and the app ages you.

This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time.

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I'm reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today.

A couple of court cases involving the U.S. government and illegal aliens have garnered a great deal of my attention the last couple weeks. What has come out of those cases is nothing short of incredulous, given the principles this nation was founded upon.

I was at Randy’s Food Mart today and had an amazing experience. A young man came up to me and asked if I was a Vietnam veteran. I told him that I was and he thanked me for my service to our country. He shook my hand and walked away. Soon after, a check-out clerk came to me and handed me a $2…

I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.”

I started The Postscript exactly one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, Blue Yarn, I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than necessary, but maybe not terribly unusual…