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Loving Traditional Jack-O-Lanterns

Loving Traditional Jack-O-Lanterns

I love carving jack-o-lanterns but I’m a traditionalist. I like the triangle eyes and the big toothy mouth. I like the silliness of that face glowing out of the dark. Last year I helped my daughter carve her jack-o-lantern and it was more scary than silly, but I loved...

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My First Jack-O-Lantern

My First Jack-O-Lantern

I lived in Cedar Rapids from 2008 to 2011, in a very “suburban” neighborhood with plenty of families. Our neighborhood was known in the area as being safe and quiet, all streets ending in cul-de-sacs. With that in mind, folks would drive from all around to take their...

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Behind the Curtain: Pets

Behind the Curtain: Pets

The New Puppy Last year we welcomed a new puppy into our home. An oversized, old fashioned german shepherd puppy named Jene. My 5 year old shiba inu was not sure what to make of her new sister - they were not instant friends. Even at 8 weeks old Jene was about the...

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Behind the Curtain: Pets

Behind the Curtain: Pets

Us and the Boys This IS a story about our cats.  However, it starts with a home improvement progress report.   The big home project of creating the dedicated master bedroom is still in progress, but well along on its way. The walls are up and textured and...

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Binge-Worthy Shows: The Expanse

Binge-Worthy Shows: The Expanse

The Expanse By Chris Bond The Expanse is a space opera set 200 years in the future where instead of Earth-centric tensions between governments, there is intra-solar system tension between the factions of those raised in the asteroid belts collecting ice for water, a...

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Binge-Worthy Shows: SciFi Junky Paradise

Binge-Worthy Shows: SciFi Junky Paradise

SciFi Junky Paradise By Arthur Breur I’ve loved science fiction my entire life, probably starting with the original Star Trek series—or perhaps even earlier with children’s books or TV shows. I’m a full-on scifi junky and I need my regular “fix”. Recently there have...

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Behind the Curtain: Memories

Behind the Curtain: Memories

An Early Single-Handed Design & Development Project By Arthur Breur When I look back at my 19 years of work in this company, an early subcontract project sticks out as one of my most impressive solo achievements. It wasn’t as...

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Carrying on a Strawberry Tradition

Behind the Curtain: Summer Food Carrying on a Strawberry Tradition   When I was a child, my grandfather had a very large garden. He had been a farmer before entering retirement and afterwards he shared this pleasure with his grandchildren by teaching us about...

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Summertime on the Water

Behind the Curtain: Summer Food Summertime on the Water The stereotypes are true: people in the Pacific Northwest love their outdoor activities. Whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing/snowboarding, camping (or glamping), or boating (in which category I’ll include pretty...

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