I’ve spent a dozen years trying to forget about an incident that occurred a block from the Daily Iowegian office, but it is brought back every time President Donald Trump calls the press an enemy of the people, exhorts his cult followers against journalists covering his rallies, downplays th…

Thursday, November 15, 2018

We have all heard of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers kick off the holiday shopping season with sales and special hours. And Cyber Monday, with its online shopping focus, is becoming increasingly well-known.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The several-day drive to Mesa for the winter seemed to take forever, which got me to thinking of how my younger self had much greater fortitude. It was in 1973 after being discharged from the Army that I set off for California with my hitchhiking route taking me further into Mexico, across T…

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in the breast, it is called breast cancer. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I still dream about work, even though I’ve been retired for a year. And like those youthful dreams of showing up for class and finding there was a test I hadn’t studied for, now I dream of a lost notebook when I sit down to write a story or having my film cassette pop open to ruin my photos …

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

The days are getting shorter, temperatures are cooler, the leaves on the trees are changing color, and Pumpkin Spice is everywhere! Fall is a beautiful time of the year but with it comes the beginning of the flu season.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

It is easy to take emergency services for granted. We never think something bad will happen to us. It is human nature. But when the unthinkable does happen and we call 911, we expect that an ambulance, a firetruck, or a police car will show up to help us or our loved one. Most of us do not t…

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The last stretch of Interstate 17 returning to Mesa from Iowa had me thinking about some differences between the two states. Every ravine and ditch doesn’t have a name in Iowa, unlike Arizona, and they aren’t ever called draws, basins, gulches or washes. Iowa doesn’t have canyons either; not…

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

As kids head back to school this fall, they’re not the only ones feeling a renewed sense of vigor and motivation. For many of us, September is synonymous with the fresh start of a new school year and the satisfaction that comes from busy, productive days and learning new things.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Students in the Construction Technology program at Indian Hills Community College recently put the finishing touches on their latest project, a house on Washington Street in Centerville the college built in a partnership with the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust Fund. It’s the fifth ho…

Thursday, August 09, 2018
Thursday, August 02, 2018

Bing-g-g, bing-g-g, bing-g-g. A young sailor in a cold sweat tightly grips the control panel while the jarring sound of his radar grows louder and louder. Flashing green emanations from the radar screen reveal a growing panic on an otherwise pallid face. Finally both the maddening din and su…

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

As "the weather guy" at the paper who is also a trained storm spotter, I try to keep an eye on the weather. Whether it's here or elsewhere in the region.

Yikes. We now know why President Trump has begun a trade war – because he couldn’t start a real one with Venezuela. Before the Trump minions out there begin the chant of fake news, the story was even covered by the White House public relations organ, Fox News. It reported that according to a…

Thursday, July 19, 2018

While it feels like summer break has just begun, the reality is that the first day of school is right around the corner. There is always a lot to be done to get kids ready for their first day back. As you are checking off the items on your school supply list, don’t forget to add these import…

As the grandson of a slave and the son of a coal miner, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to sing for six U.S. presidents and world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. My uniquely-American story took me from Centreville, Iowa to the world’s greatest opera hou…

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Yikes. Just when you think you’ve heard of everything, along comes a news story about cockroach milk. Some reports are claiming cockroach milk will be the next big super-food trend with it being rich in protein and amino acids.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Do you love to travel, but feel guilty about leaving your pets behind? Take them along! It’s easier than you think, and having your best friend at your side as you experience new places makes the trip even more enjoyable. But before you and Fido pack your bags, here are some tips to make sur…

For many years we’ve published a Fair Roundup edition in our paper, about two or so weeks after the fair. This year we will continue that tradition but are changing the way we do things.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Biologists have recently been writing about an evolutionary trend that I first postulated decades ago – that humans are now the main driving force behind the extinctions and ongoing adaptations of most life on Earth.

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

As Bob Dylan sang more than 50 years ago, “The Times They Are a - Changing.”

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Could you drive past a suffering dog or cat on the street or starving along the roadside? I know I can’t. That’s why for nearly three years I’ve dedicated myself to rescuing and taking hundreds of homeless or mistreated pets from Appanoose County to Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa, where…

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Women wearing hijabs in larger Iowa cities are becoming common sights behind the counters in many stores. So far I haven’t heard any horror stories dealing with rude rednecks verbally abusing Muslim women that is almost daily fare in the national news.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Yikes. A friend in Centerville (you know who you are) recently shared a meme on Facebook that basically accused Democrats who opposed the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the new CIA director as being un-American. Yikes, again.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Warmer weather means more time outdoors and Appanoose County Public Health along with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to protect themselves against tick bites. Ticks can carry the organisms that cause diseases like Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spot…


Earlier this week, a friend sent me a heartbreaking email: At their routine veterinary exam, one of his three dogs was diagnosed with heartworms and must begin a long and laborious treatment. This news came despite my friend’s religiously giving his pets a preventive heartworm treatment – Ev…

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Ah-hah. At last. Fox News talking heads were finally taking President Donald Trump to task for his numerous insults about women’s appearances and his vulgar language. But yikes, I then discovered their mock outrage was directed toward comedian Michelle Wolf’s blistering standup routine at th…

Thursday, May 03, 2018

“There are a lot of kooks out there,” I sighed recently when chatting with my friend, Lorenzo Spasm.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Thursday, April 05, 2018

In the spring of 1997, my future brother-in-law and I drove through Detroit's east side, with 8Ball & MJG booming from the sound system. En route to his mother's house, we passed blighted blocks, laced with vacant houses and abandoned buildings, some so hollowed out that brush and trees …

It’s never an easy decision to rehome your pet. After all, our pets give us undivided love and attention and in return all they ask is a stable and healthy home for their entire lives. But sometimes, due to family situations, job changes, or illness, parting with your beloved pet may be your…

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Thursday, March 08, 2018

Keen observers may have noticed something different about the all-state lists that ran in Thursday’s sports section.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Here’s a fun-but-sobering fact: On average, one unaltered female cat can have as many as three litters a year – with as many as eight kittens per litter. That’s 24 kittens a year and over 100 kittens during Mama Cat’s life. And her kittens will reproduce at the same rate, making Mama Cat res…

The Daily Iowegian is looking to strike up a conversation with local voters. The topic? What’s on your mind, your thoughts and feelings on actions in Washington.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Cuddling up with your pet on a cold winter’s night is a great way to bond with your cat and dog. But if your pet has bad breath that bonding moment might come to a very quick end. Bad breath in pets generally indicates that your animal is suffering from periodontal disease, or gum disease. I…

I get confused easily. It’s been 8 years since I briefly attended Bob Vander Plaats coming-out announcement (as an Iowa Republican candidate for governor), who said being gay is a choice and that God only created man and woman. He also led the successful charge against the retention of three…

Thursday, February 01, 2018

“. . . and when Agrippina’s attempt failed to poison Emperor Claudius with mushrooms so her son Nero could inherit the throne, she got his physician to administer a poisonous wild gourd enema. Of course the rest is history,” I finished at the Sun Life RV Resort poolside bar in Mesa.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

When going on vacation to the Caribbean, you think of a tropical paradise, white beaches and ocean breezes. My vacation to the Caribbean consisted of Mayan Ruins, a school in Jamaica and a plantation.

It’s often said that society is always only a few meals away from revolution. And that’s understandable. No one wants their family going hungry. It’s an underappreciated fact that agriculture is vital to our success and prosperity as a country. We’ve come to expect and often take for granted…

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

WASHINGTON — Today's political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and serv…


In the classic movie “Lassie Come Home,” a beloved collie dog from rural Yorkshire is sold to a wealthy Duke who takes the dog far away to his estate in Scotland. The Duke’s granddaughter sees that the dog is miserable and frees it from her kennel. Lassie then makes her way across hundreds o…

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

I was recently taking a walk through suburbia in Mesa when I spotted some backyard chickens. Mesa has a pretty liberal chicken ordinance, allowing up to 10 chickens for every half-acre until 2.5 acres, at which time there is no limit as long as there are no sanitary or noise issues. You can …

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas time brings many things to our lives. It can bring joy, hope, peace, generosity and love.

The kids at the other table were having a great time. They laughed and said nice things about each other’s clothes and hair. I really wished I could have hung out with them.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the holiday movies and music that take over the airwaves. I know they annoy a lot of people, and even I admit that at some point I am also ready for it to end as well.

WASHINGTON — The first use of nuclear weapons occurred Aug. 6, 1945. The second occurred three days later. That there has not been a third is testimony to the skill and sobriety of 12 presidents and many other people, here and abroad. Today, however, North Korea's nuclear bellicosity coincid…

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